Recently we told you that Windows Phone 7 Mango was released to manufacturers, now we are hearing that another build is being worked on called Tango, by the looks of things this particular build will be aimed towards cheaper WP7 handsets.
Yesterday we heard how Nokia would not be launching any Symbian based smartphones or feature phones in North America, therefore to us it looks like Tango will be used as a Series 40 replacement, S40 first arrived back in 2002 and since then an estimated 1.5 billion devices have shipped running this OS, however it has to be said that the market has changed massively since then and it is nowhere near the standard of modern-day mobile operating systems.
We think it is about time Nokia scrapped S40, however we do have a few worries, by having a dedicated OS build for low-end devices we think that fragmentation may occur, this could result in apps only being compatible with certain versions etc, this does not sound too bad, but what if another build is created for mid-end devices and then a year down the line another build overtakes Mango as the flagship OS version – things could get messy.
As IntoMobile’s Stefan Constantinescu points out Nokia could just release high-end devices which run Windows Phone 7, six months down the line these high-end devices would drop in price and in-turn appeal to consumers looking for a cheaper smartphones, another six months down the line and Nokia will have top-end, mid and low-end devices on offer just because of the nature of technology, what is good one year is average the next, why release low-end devices when prices of high-end devices drop so quickly?
We support Windows Phone 7 Tango if Nokia and Microsoft are careful and promise not to make things too fragmented, an independent platform for top-end devices could give consumers all the top-end features and functionality which operating systems such as iOS and Android deliver, whilst a platform for mid-to-low-end devices could give consumer more widely used basic features whilst running well on average internal hardware.
What do you think of a particular WP7 build being aimed towards cheaper WP7 handsets?
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