Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet has heard from sources that Tango, the next release of Windows Phone post-mango update might just be for Nokia to hit a lower-price point focused on the Asian market.
Nokia has in the past claimed that the deal with Microsoft would allow them to make changes to Windows Phone operating system beyond what is allowed for other OEMs, and have a different specifications for the hardware chassis. The intention would be to lower the price-point specially for non-US markets, and Tango rumours fit into the story.
As rumoured, Tango would be released before the next point release of Windows Phone 8, codenamed Apollo, in late 2012. Windows Phone team’s plans indicates delivering one major operating system update per year, and so Tango appears to be minor update.
While Windows Phone Mango phones will be branded Windows Phone 7.5, the operating system is 7.1, as indicated by the versioning of the Windows Phone tools.