The cross-platform video calling app Tango was one of the first to be available on Windows Phone 7, even before Skype arrived on the platform.
Now VOIP specialist site TruTower reports that the app may never make the jump to Windows Phone 8.
Speaking to Tango Head of Platform Richard Rabbat, the executive said that Tango was “always evaluating the various platforms,” and would continue to support Windows Phone 7, but was “prioritizing Apple’s App Store and Google Play” to enable third-party developers to reach a larger audience.
Rabbat also confirmed that there were no dates to announce regarding Windows Phone 8 availability.
It is likely the early arrival of the software on the platform was due to financial incentives by Microsoft, and that the lack of further incentives are what’s preventing further development.
Hopefully having the Windows Phone installed base grow to 100 million users by the end of 2014 will convince these developers to pay more attention to the platform.
Here is some turn around for the new Windows Phone 8 Facebook app.
The Tango video calling app for Windows Phone 7 has been updated. The app provides free calls between Windows Phone, Android and iOS phones and tablets, and PCs, and also free international calls to other Tango members.
The app, as of yet, is not available for Windows Phone 8 owners.
We have forced the Tango update ourselves, but we have had a report from a reader that many Windows Phone users are having difficulty installing the Windows Phone Tango update, despite receiving the upgrade prompt.
Those who attempt the update find it ends with an ’80180048′ error.
Peter, our tipster, said in the end he was told his phone was defective, and that he should ask HTC for a repair. Peter denies ever hacking his phone, and says in looking for a solution he found many others with the same problem.
We ourselves have not heard of any major issues around the Tango update. We have therefore included a poll to see how many users are affected. The poll is only for users having difficulty upgrading, and not those who are still waiting for the prompt.
We received an email earlier today asking us to make sure to mention the non-Nokia devices getting the Tango update, as it is a source of anxiety to some that especially older generation devices may be left behind.
It certainly seems that this will not be the case, as the most marginal of the older generation handsets, the now venerable Dell Venue Pro, is indeed getting the update.
Holger in Germany plugged his unbranded DVP into Zune today and was soon pleasantly surprised to receive the upgrade prompt to Tango (7.10.8773.98).
He reports the upgrade went perfectly fine, but that the compass unfortunately remains DOA.
Are there other uncommon handsets (one thinks of the ZTE Tania for example) which are getting the update? Let us know below.
Nokia has begun to roll out an update for the Nokia Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 offering a number of enhancements, including some of the newest features of the Windows Phone 7.5 platform. The most notable enhancements in this package include:
Wi-Fi tethering capability added
Flip-to-silence function added
On the Lumia 710, Nokia Drive will be updated to version 2.0, which features offline route planning and navigation, speed limit notifications and an advanced dashboard with recent destinations and details. Lumia 800 users can download Nokia Drive version 2.0 from the Windows Marketplace.
Enhanced imaging performance
The update will be made available over the coming weeks and can be downloaded and installed by performing a Zune update via PC (or Windows Phone Connector for Mac). All owners will receive the update and should connect to Zune regularly to ensure that they have the most up-to-date software.
This update represents part of Nokiaâ€™s commitment to ensure a positive Lumia experience, and Nokia expects to bring more enhancements and surprises to Lumia owners in the near future.
Adding another pushpin to the Windows Phone Tango roll-out, the firmware for the Nokia Lumia 800 on Everything Everywhere (the joint venture between T-Mobile and Orange in UK) has just popped up on Nokiaâ€™s Navifirm repository.
Usually its appearance there precedes the roll-out to devices by a short period, so I am sure Lumia 800 users on that network will not have long to wait.
Plaffo.com also reports the Italian Language version of the software is also available there, and provides a guide to install it on your Windows Phone also.
If you are in Australia and you are eager to get your Tango on, the good news is that Australian carrier Telstra, who has a wide range of Windows Phones, are getting ready to deliver the OS update MCR3 to their whole stable of handsets.
The delivery date is expected to be in July.
Telstra does not specify what the update would include, but an upgrade to WIFI tethering is likely, given their earlier statements about the demand for the feature.
Its pretty funny when ROM cooks manage to get Windows Phone updates on phones before the official update is available to everyone else, and the HTC HD2, a device which was never meant to run Windows Phone 7 in the first place, has certainly been a long-standing recipient of this.
Over at XDA-Developers you can now find a ROM by pdaimatejam for the HTC HD2 which will bring the device right up to build 8773 and also with a nice video tutorial to make it easier to install.
The ROM features:
Full support of native applications
XAP installation via IE and File_Browser_v220.127.116.11.xap and PC