Microsoft is hard at work with the release of a new flavor of its Windows Phone operating system, one that is reportedly set to arrive under the codename of Tango.
We have heard a lot of rumors on what Tango might be all about, and even learned that there will be two different versions of the release made available in the coming months.
Today, we can also have a look at what the new OS iteration will be all about, courtesy of a series of leaked screenshots that have emerged on the Russian website WP7Forum.ru
Alongside these shots, some details on what the OS will include also made it to the web, such as the fact that it will offer support for lower hardware configurations
Tango is expected to arrive on devices with support for more languages than Mango, which means that it could arrive in more markets around the world.
Moreover, the platform will offer support for automatic download and update of applications via Zune, and will also arrive with a larger number of pre-installed applications, WMPoweruser
notes in a recent article.
Windows Phone users will be able to enjoy a wide range of new features on their devices after updating to Tango, including the ability to manage contacts directly on the SIM card.
They will also be able to export contacts to the SIM card, which means that users will be able to move to Windows Phone from feature phones and other devices with ease.
Additionally, Windows Phone Tango
will arrive on shelves with new roaming settings. Users will be able to turn off roaming, or to select domestic or international roaming.
Not to mention that it should allow users to attach more than a single file to a MMS message (including pictures, sound and video).
Since there will be devices with only 256 MB of RAM, users will not be able to install specific applications. Other restrictions will also be there, including the fact that 3rd party Live Tiles will not be updating automatically.
Tango devices might also include 3 megapixel or higher cameras, though photos will not be automatically uploaded to SkyDrive.
It was only natural for Microsoft to impose certain restrictions for low-end Windows Phone devices, in an attempt to alter performance as little as possible. However, some people might find a series of these restrictions as deal breakers.