Microsoft may be preparing Windows Phone codename “Tango” according to reports.
Two Chinese sites are both reporting that Microsoft is preparing Windows Phone Tango to succeed the Mango update due later this year. Mango is rumored to be named Windows Phone 7.1 whilst Tango could be Windows Phone 7.5. DigiTimes reports that Taiwan-based ODM maker Compal Communications has signed a deal with Microsoft to licence the use of Windows Phone Mango and Tango. The report is also backed by a separate story from Chinatimes that suggests Tango will follow Mango.
Microsoft has codenamed Windows Phone 8 as “Apollo”, scheduled for release in late 2012. If the Chinese reports are accurate then this would place an interim update between the two, perhaps mid-way through 2012. The Tango codename is the first time such a name has been made public. Microsoft is currently preparing to finalise its Windows Phone Mango update.
Microsoft unveiled a number of new Windows Phone Mango features at a VIP event in May. Mango will include over 500 new features ranging from multitasking through to some major Bing search improvements. For more information on Mango check-out our mango section.