Today I want to talk about the Tango video chat service for Windows Phone.
You can download the app here in the marketplace.
Update 2: HTC launched their own, localized version of Tango. If you have a Titan or a Radar, head over to the marketplace.
When you start the app, you will be asked to register a free account on Tango:
Once you have done this, your contacts using also Tango (no matter on which platform) will be added to your tango contacts app. Like on Whatsapp, you can send a SMS or E-Mail to your contacts to invite them using Tango.
To start a new call, click on the name of who you want to call. Once the connection is established, you have to click on the video symbol to start the video call. You are able to use both cameras of you device. Standard is of course the front facing camera. You can switch also to the back camera. This might be helpful if you want to show your wife something while you make your household shopping. (This was the first thing my wife mentioned to me…)
When someone calls you, you will get a toast notification on your phone:
On clicking the notification the app opens up and you will get a phone ringing screen:
Missed calls are signaled by a number on the live tile. Within the app, you have also a recent calls list, where you can check who called you.
I tried Tango between HTC Titan and Radar, both on Wi-Fi as well as an 3G-connection, where it worked well with video. On 2G however it is almost not usable – the app shows you a warning that the quality might be bad for a low bandwidth.
The first video chat service on Windows Phone is really easy to use.
The app will soon be available on the marketplace.
As soon as Skype is launched, I will write a comparison of the two services. Until then I enjoy Tango.