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Microsoft Windows Phone 8 To Be Called Tango?

After Windows Phone 7.5 AKA Mango, Microsoft may be mulling plans to release a new update called Tango, according to sources based in Taiwan.

Digitimes (opens in new tab) reports that at least one makor ODM maker, Compal Communications, has acquired the license to use the existing Mango platform and its successor, Tango.

Compal will apparently be launching Mango-based smartphones in the fourth quarter of the year with a surge in orders due to Nokia's adoption of the Windows Phone platform and additional potential orders coming from the likes of Acer and LG Electronics.

The Taiwanese manufacturer shipped just under four million smartphones last year and will fall well short of its 50 per cent growth target; this has been readjusted to a mere 4.5 million units for 2011.

Microsoft launched Mango only a few weeks ago and the major update showed the company's ambition to deliver a compelling alternative solution that can compete on equal footing with Google's Android and Apple's iOS platforms.

All major mobile phone manufacturers including ZTE and Huawei, have confirmed that they will be releasing a Windows Phone 7 handset by the end of the year, and the fact that there is a legal Damocles' sword hanging over Android handset manufacturers might actually give Microsoft a welcomed boost.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.