We got these screenshots emailed by a reader. These screenshots are taken from a phone, ‘HTC Mazaa’ running Windows Phone 7.5 ‘Tango’. You can see clearly in the screenshot posted above, the phone features only 256MB of RAM (and tango is supposed to support phones with 256MB of RAM) but there’s a catch! Read the line at the bottom of the screenshot.
Because this phone has 256MB of RAM, app selection and features may be limited.
So, what will ‘Tango’ really bring?
Well, it’ll support more languages (so that it more wp phones get sold in non-english countries). With Tango, you’ll be able to store your contacts directly in your SIM card. Users will be able to make multiple attachments to one MMS message, including pictures, sound and video. It’ll also fix some minor bugs. However, details about whether it’ll bring bluetooth file sending capability is still unknown like other missing features. It’s also expected to fix some minor bugs.
Windows Phone ‘Tango’ will also increase the limit of carrier-added applications from 16 to 40.
It’s clear that Tango was created keeping in mind low-end (low-end hardware, I mean) phones. We already know it reduces the minimum RAM requirement from 512MB to 256MB but the downside is, well, you can see below.
In the screenshot(s) above, someone opened an app inside the Marketplace and saw “This app is not compatible with your device. Tap here for more info.”
and what info could he see?
App Not Available
This app requires a phone with more RAM than the Samsung SGH-i917.
How cool is that? I buy a Windows Phone with my hard-earned money and can’t even install a simple app in it?
Yes. That’s right.
Unlike Android (Android phones with 256MB RAM run all apps fine), it seems that the upcoming Windows Phone version will have some app compatibility related limitations. Some apps will only work on the current phones or upcoming phones with atleast 512MB of RAM. This makes the whole ‘Tango’ concept kind-of pointless, in my opinion.
I’d not predict anything else now. Let’s wait for the actual ‘Tango’ launch and for what Microsoft has to say about this.
[Thx to Abraham for emailing us the screenshots]