Microsoft is rumored to be preparing a “Tango” build of Windows Phone and the first alleged picture of the build leaked online this week.
Post-RTM builds of Windows Phone 7.5 were identified earlier this week from server logs of a Windows Phone application. Build 7.10.8200 was spotted in server logs and appears to have shown up on a Slovakian forum too. WPCentral reports that a moderator at the site, named Snake, posted the following description of build 8220 Tango:
“Content Search (Build 8200 Tango), it more or less works, first it´s finding content directly on the phone, and then on the web, the good thing is that Facebook pages work now (finally), i don´t know about twitter/LinkedIn, i haven´t them synced up, voice activated searching is also possible, similar function what iPhone has.”
The build is believed to be an interim release between Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” and the next-generation of Windows Phone, currently codenamed “Apollo.” The jump in build strings would explain a split in development, keeping the 77xx trees available for future 7.5 updates and bug fixes. We’re unable to immediately verify the report but an image posted with the build description does appear to be genuine and suggests that Microsoft could be building in full device content search into a future Windows Phone Update.
Microsoft recently finalized its Windows Phone 7.5 update. Windows Phone 7.5 devices are now expected to go on sale during the month of September. Nokia, one of the highly anticipated Windows Phone 7.5 manufacturers, is expected to announce and debut Nokia Windows Phone devices in late October.