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Microsoft preps massive Windows Phone App Hub expansion

Microsoft preps massive Windows Phone App Hub expansion

This week is the beginning of Microsoft's biggest push ever for the expansion of their "App Hub" for Windows Phone, developers being tipped to "Prepare now and beat the crowd" for 23 new marketplaces around the world. With the Windows Phone Tango expansion of the mobile operating system made to access devices with lower-tiered specifications for less expensive smartphones as well, Microsoft is now coming at a vast new set of markets in lower-income areas of the planet everywhere from Bulgaria to the Ukraine. This move is set to not only allow Microsoft to sell one whole heck of a lot more phones, but provide a much more lucrative arena for app developers working with their Windows Phone platform.

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Windows Phone Tango leaks: ported to HTC HD2

Windows Phone Tango leaks: ported to HTC HD2

The next version of Windows Phone, Tango (or should that be Refresh?), is aimed at devices with lower specifications, like the Nokia Lumia 610. There are some limitations on what can run in the background when it comes to multitasking, and the update supports devices running only 256MB of RAM. So far the release of Tango has been pegged for a frustratingly vague “Q2” launch, but ROMs have already been leaked and ported to a number of devices.

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Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh tipped to Tango

Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh tipped to Tango

The next version of Microsoft's mobile operating system has this week been tipped as Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh. This is in contrast to what we've heard in the past with rumors floating through cyberspace of the code-name being Windows Phone Tango, but does not knock down the idea that Windows Phone Apollo (the update after this) will be Windows Phone version 8.0. This new naming scheme comes from Windows Phone Italy who had the chance to sit down and have a chat with Microsoft's Stefania Duico, who coined the name.

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Windows Phone Tango experience diluted Microsoft admits

Windows Phone Tango experience diluted Microsoft admits

Microsoft's push for low-cost Windows Phones will require some compromises by developers and users, it's been confirmed, with features like automatic image upload and Bing Local Scout getting the chop. Devices running Windows Phone Tango with just 256MB of RAM will lack support for podcast subscriptions and video podcasts, according to the Windows Team, while fast app switching will also be left off the budget-minded handsets.

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ZTE Orbit Hands-on

ZTE Orbit Hands-on

One of the first devices to be revealed with Windows Phone Tango on it right out of the box is the ZTE Orbit, a device revealed this week in ZTE's torrent of smartphone releases. This device is set for a second quarter release and is just about as basic and low-end specification having device you can find, it being part of Microsoft's initiative to bring more Windows Phone to the whole world, including areas where an inexpensive smartphone is the only sort of smartphone that's a reality for the general population. With ZTE at the helm of one of the first devices in this Tango line, will Microsoft have a winning combination on their hands?

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Windows Phone Tango toting ZTE Orbit and Tania revealed

Windows Phone Tango toting ZTE Orbit and Tania revealed

This week ZTE has not been shy about its plans for 2012, namely an Era of rebirth and undeniable confidence with a set of 10 devices of all shapes, sizes, and operating systems. While most of these devices run some flavor of Android or another, ZTE brought two Windows Phone devices to the game, one of them the ZTE Orbit, the other being the ZTE Tania, both of them set for release in the second quarter of 2012.

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LG Fantasy or Miracle gets Tango hands-on

LG Fantasy or Miracle gets Tango hands-on

The next generation of Windows Phone devices appears to be soon approaching and with this glimpse of the device that may be called LG Fantasy or LG Miracle we get a look at the incremental software update known as Tango. What we've heard about Tango thus far appears to be true here: that it doesn't look all the different from Windows Phone Mango and that it'll work on devices with slightly lower specs than the highest breeds we've seen thus far. First head back to our newest notes on Tango, then head below to see the newest hands-on video straight out of Romania.

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Windows Phone Lumia 610 may be key to Tango update puzzle

Windows Phone Lumia 610 may be key to Tango update puzzle

Before a big release of a new bit of software, especially in this mobile landscape we're currently reporting on all the time now, there are a set of puzzle pieces, otherwise known as leaks, that can be compiled to create a relatively clear picture of what the full release will bring. What we're seeing in the lead up to Mobile World Congress 2012 for Microsoft's Windows Phone is a set of tips that lead us to believe that the key to the mystery that is "Windows Phone Tango" is none other than the Nokia Lumia 610, an unannounced device set for release at the end of this month, and the software that'll come out first upon it: Tango.

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Nokia Lumia 610 tipped as inexpensive Tango hero

Nokia Lumia 610 tipped as inexpensive Tango hero

Microsoft must have known that Nokia was going to come out of the gates strong with their mobile OS Windows Phone when they first signed the contracts all those months ago, as Mobile World Congress 2012 appears to be shaping up to be a whole new wave of Nokia beasts hot off the blocks, each of them with Windows Phone Tango equipped! The newest device being tipped as coming at the end of this month is the Nokia Lumia 610, a smartphone made to take out the lower-tiers of the smartphone world with its ultra-inexpensive cost and aesthetically pleasing body.

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Windows Tango getting C++ support, 120 languages

Windows Tango getting C++ support, 120 languages

In a leaked set of key points from a developer event in India this week, codesters were given a bit of information on the upcoming hero version of Windows Phone, that being code-name Tango. This version of Windows Phone will first of all be supporting C++ code use by developers, this giving them a much more low-level bit of control for their apps in the pipeline. Then there's language support: here moving the current support for 35 languages in Windows Phone Mango up to 120 languages for Tango - that's a boost!

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