Microsoft is reportedly working on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango successor, dubbed as Tango, which is meant for less expensive handsets.
ZDNet reports that about two Tango update running devices will be released early next year. Quoting sources, it said that Tango based handsets will be released mostly for Asian markets at low price points. Microsoft is expected to release Windows Phone 7 Tango based devices before the Windows Phone 8 Apollo releases.
The Windows Phone 7 owners are expecting Microsoft to release the Mango update sometime next month. Meanwhile, certain reports hint that another version of Windows Phone 7, codenamed as Tango build 8200, is on the cards.
There’s no clarity as whether the Tango is successor of the Mango update or just another interim update that would bring bunch of new features. According to a DigiTimes report, Compal Communications has procured the license to use Mango and Tango platform updates from Microsoft.
In the fourth quarter of 2011, Compal will start shipping Mango based phones to Nokia. If these Mango based handsets are sold well, then Nokia may place an order for more Mango devices from Compal.
Nokia SeaRay will be the Mango update running handset. Its successor – Windows Phone 7 Tango running device will arrive but at more affordable price points and that too mostly for Asian region.
Microsoft currently remains tight-lipped about the post Mango update plans. The Windows Phone 8 Apollo release is expected to arrive late in 2012. But between that span, we may get to see one or two interim update for the Windows Phone devices.