Tango alternatives

Tango
Tango is a free mobile video communications service that allows you to connect with friends and family to conveniently capture and share life’s every day moments. Tango works on the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and all Android 2.1 or later phones and tablets over 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi, giving you the ultimate flexibility in how, where and with whom you communicate.
Tango alternatives are:
Skype, fring, Facetime, Viber, ooVoo, Google Hangouts, Line
Here are the latest news about Tango:

2015 Mobile messager Tango gets in-chat shop


Mobile messaging app Tango launched an in-app commerce service called Tango Shop, powered by two retail heavyweights, Alibaba and Walmart. The new shop is available as a new tab at the bottom of the app. Through a mixture of Tango’s own curation and learning from a user’s activity, it showcases items that can be bought inside the chat app. Payment and logistics are handled by the two partners. Tango said it takes a cut of each transaction. Despite Facebook’s recent activity turning Messenger into a platform, Tango is the first messaging app in the U.S. to offer such a service. It is initially live in the U.S. only, where most of Tango’s user base is located, but it will eventually roll out to other global markets.



2014 Tango messenger adds new brand channels


Mobile messager Tango is adding new options to its Channels program for publishers and brands, including BuzzFeed and Vimeo. Tango’s Channels are something similar to Facebook Pages in that it gives consumers a way to subscribe to receive updates from publishers and other brands in the service. It’s not an advertising program per se, but by giving brands a home in Tango, it can feed into the company’s ad efforts. The list of new publishers suggests that Tango will continue expanding the entertainment side of the program. Recent additions include AOL On (AOL owns TechCrunch), Funny or Die, Hulu, Rhapsody, SoundCloud and Vevo, with the aforementioned BuzzFeed and Vimeo coming soon. Tango said there are more than 30 Channels total.



2011 Nokia and Skype not in a hurry to bring videochat to Windows Phone



Today in London, Nokia unveiled its first smartphones on Windows Phone (Mango) platform - Lumia 710 and Lumia 800. In general, they haven't disappointed anyone. Stylish, high quality, fast and reliable smartphones with pre-installed Mobile Office and Outlook, integrated to Exchange, SkyDrive, SharePoint, Office 365 - will surely attract business users. Of course, the price $580 (Lumia 800) - is not much different from the iPhone, but otherwise it has all chances to compete with iPhone and Android-devices. The only big cons - is that Nokia Lumia has no front camera, which means it doesn't support video chat, so important for business users. Why wasn't it installed? Nokia representative said that they simply had not enough time. But this is not the most shocking news about the video chat on Windows Phone.



Because, since November the smartphones running Windows Phone Mango will have preinstalled video chat app. And it won't be Skype (acquired by Microsoft) but its direct competitor - Tango. Of course, it doesn't concern Nokia Lumia, but the Samsung and HTC models, that have front camera.



2011 Modern Interfaces: Tango for Windows

Tango for Windows interface
One of the Skype competitors, which appeared as a result of the growing mobile video chat popularity, Tango - has released an app for windows-desktops today. Previously, it worked only on smartphones and tablets running iOS and Android. This is certainly good news for those who use Tango, but for us another thing is more interesting. The fact is that Tango's windows-interface looks exactly like iPhone. Can you imagine what we have come to? Not so long ago the first mobile devices on Windows Mobile copied desktop interface (with icons and Start menu), so that people understood how to work with them. And now developers create desktop interfaces looking like mobile apps to make them more familiar for users. Of course, it's too early to talk about the Post-PC era, but the mobile devices can play on an equal footing with desktops.



2011 Tango launches Windows-apps, gets 42 million to replace Skype

Tango for Windows
After Microsoft's Skype acquisition we started looking for its replacement as of public communication service. And, apparently, not only we, but also the investors who want to raise money on this project. From now one of the main contenders for the Skype's place - is Tango. It has just closed $42 million in its Series B round of funding led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, notably the first outside investors in Skype. Tango launched 18 months ago and already has 18 million users. Every 2 weeks it adds a million. Until now, Tango was a mobile service. It allowed to make video calls on iPhone, iPad and Android (smartphones and tablets). But now it introduced the Windows app, and soon plans to create the Mac-client. So how is Tango different from Skype?

For end users, what makes the service different from Skype is a minimalist feature set. Tango doesn't allow to make calls to regular phones, doesn't even includes text chat. It can do only one thing - video chat. And it doesn't require registration. You simply enter your phone number. After that, Tango scans your phone address book, determines which of your contacts have Tango installed and adds them to the contact list. And then you can make video calls to them. A similar process will be offered in the PC version, too.