HTC Tango video calling for Windows Phone

While the majority of news that came out of yesterday's HTC event in London was hardware related, there were some changes on the phone themselves. We noticed (thanks to a tip from one of our readers) on the HTC Omega that there was a Tango app. Before we get into it, don't get this confused with the proposed Windows Phone Tango update that is destined to hit us between Mango and Apollo as it's not entirely related.

So what is this Tango app then? It's basically a video calling service (opens in new tab) that's currently available on iOS and Android now arriving on Windows Phone. In the photo above, captured by Jay Bennett, we saw the app on an untied Omega held by a Microsoft employee. What we've found out is that this app will connect to other apps across all supported platforms (iOS, Android) and provide a Skype/Facetime experience.

Check out the video after the break of Tango.

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  • smh@ that video.Anyway, would have been nice to see it actually working but It's nice to have an app that works across all platforms.
  • I tried using Tango an my HTC Mozart but requires called party to have Tango too. My problem is that I have a 3G device that accepts 3G video calls. Its like a spy camera. Definitely I cannot load Tango on such a device. Device works well using my Samsung Omnia Windows 6.5 phone which has Video Calling capabilities. I don't want to carry two (2) phones just to be able to do Video Call. Tango is lame. The old Video Call standard should still be supported because it does not require any application to be installed. For my purpose, I don't even need a front facing camera to access the "spy cammera". I hope someone developes and application that can do the old "video call" standard.
  • Wow you're dumb Snoopeye. Of course that won't work, what do you expect Skype to be able to do that too? Can you "facetime" to your "spycam"?. Of course not. I'm guessing 3G standard video calls are falling out of favor because they're probably intrusive, under used, and bad. It's better that the desktop software we know and use like Skype, tango and gtalk migrate over to mobile, that way it's strictly a data charge, not another service carriers can charge you for.