Tango, a California-based start-up that was one of the first third-party developers to offer video calling on the iPhone, has released an update to Tango Video Calls that adds free text messaging to other Tango users.
Version 2.0.25906 (don’t you love it when developers use more than three significant figures to differentiate between versions?) hit the App Store yesterday and the full list of what’s new is as follows:
- Send & receive FREE text messages with your Tango contacts – just tap the ‘Messages’ tab and start texting!
- Share video messages and Tango Surprises in your text conversations
- Tango Specials tab – find exclusive content to use in Tango video calls and text messages
- Settings can now be accessed from the Tango contact list
Sending free text messages requires that both the sender and recipient have the latest version of the app, so you’ll want to remind your friends and family who use Tango to upgrade so you can take advantage of this new feature. Tango offers an easy way to do this with a prompt to upgrade sent via SMS when you try to send a text message to someone who hasn’t upgraded yet.
Text and video messages are combined in a conversation view in the Messages tab so you can easily follow your multimedia exchanges with others. While text messages sent through Tango aren’t standard SMS messages that count against your texting plan with your wireless carrier, they will use your data allotment, just as Tango video calls and video messages do when you’re not connected to a Wi-Fi network.
Tango’s last major update added video voicemails in December and the app remains a regular in the Top 200 free apps in the Social Networking category. Tango Video Calls is free to download and offers in-app purchases of Tango Surprises, which are animated effects to spice up your video calls and messages, and Tango eCards, which are prepared videos to express birthday, thank you, and other wishes.
Tango Video Calls is also available for Android devices and Windows phones and Windows-based PCs and Tango users on any platform can communicate with each other for free. Tango for Apple devices requires iOS 4.0 or later on the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and 3rd- and 4th-generation iPod touch. Tango will also work on the iPad though it lacks an interface optimized for this device’s larger screen and video calls won’t be possible on the first-generation iPad, of course, since it lacks a camera.