Samsung, Nokia, and HTC Prepare to "Tango" With LTE Windows Phones
January 2, 2012 4:37 PM
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Windows Phone goes 4G at last
Microsoft Corp. (
) appears to be finally preparing to "face the future" and flip the switch on fourth generation wireless technology. Faced with a
ultimatum from America's largest carrier -- Verizon Wireless, a joint venture between Verizon Communications Inc. (
) and Vodafone Group Plc. (
) -- Microsoft appears to finally have became serious about LTE, with the first 4G Windows Phones spotted in the wild.
Windows Phone fans have
long defended the platform's lack of LTE
with platitudes such as "4G kills battery life; "the technology is ready for the market"; "LTE speeds aren't as good as promised"; or "the coverage isn't ready yet". These criticisms certainly single out legitimate weaknesses of current LTE deployments, but they glaringly miss the fact that rudimentary 4G -- while a work in progress -- is the state of the art, today. And technology sells phones; without cutting edge hardware (even if it's just a
better), a phone is less likely to succeed in the fickle consumer market.
But the drought and defensive responses may at last be near an end.
cites a source cites a source close to Samsung Electronic Comp., Ltd. (
) as describing an upcoming "early 2012" Windows Phone, which packs both a larger screen that the previous Samsung Focus S Windows Phone (so likely Samsung's
4.52-inch display found in the Galaxy S II HD
) and a LTE modem.
Likewise a source reveals an HTC Corp. (
) Windows Phone handset named "Radiant", which will also feature an LTE modem.
, a top Windows Phone rumors site,
has spotted the handset in the wild
. The handset was running a post-Mango build -- Windows Phone 7.10.8004.
Nokia Oyj. (
) is also reportedly cooking up an LTE-enabled variant of its slick Lumia 800 handsets, which bears a bit of a resemblance to the sleek colored metal-body iPod Nanos.
[Image Source: The Verge]
Some of the details clash with the
previously leaked Windows Phone roadmap
(also revealed on
). Reportedly "Tango", the next build of Windows Phone would be aimed at budget handsets, and the late 2012 "Apollo" would be aimed at higher end (i.e. LTE, HD screen) smartphones.
It now appears both the HD screens and LTE will be launching in early 2012. It's possible that Apollo will launch aside Tango, or it's possible that the improvements have been merged into Tango as a single super-release, similar to Mango.
Samsung is the
world's largest maker of smartphones
and second largest maker of feature phones. Nokia is the top smartphone seller in China,
the world's new largest smartphone market
. And HTC was on top of the American smartphone market -- the world's second largest market -- at last count.
The Verge 
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RE: get a move on
1/2/2012 11:23:22 PM
Yes, I have. And I find it ridiculously ugly and convoluted.
That's just my opinion, one that the market currently shares with me I might add.
RE: get a move on
1/3/2012 1:09:43 PM
Ugly I can see. That is an opinion, I happen to disagree, but I can see how one might feel that way.
Convoluted, however, is ridiculous. While iOS is reasonably simple to use and understand Android is a complete mess. Things are located all over the place depending on phone and version and carrier. WP7 is as easy or easier than iOS and 10 times more user friendly than Android.
RE: get a move on
1/4/2012 12:02:42 PM
How is Android a mess? Give me a break. This is supposed to be a tech website. If you can't work an Android phone, how in the HELL are you using a PC?
RE: get a move on
1/10/2012 10:13:24 PM
Android is an mess compared to IOS and wp7 (even blakcberry to an point)
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