Tango (software)

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Developer(s)JP Inc.
Operating systemAndroid, iOS
TypeVoice over IP, instant messaging, videoconferencing

Tango is a third-party,[2] cross platform messaging application software[3] for smartphones developed by TangoME, Inc.[3] in 2009. The app is free and is popular for offering video calls[4][5][6][7][8] over 3G,[8] 4G and Wi-Fi networks.[9]

Tango has more than 200 million registered users as of March 2014[8][9][10][11][12] and, among Android devices, it is the 12th most downloaded app.[13] It is rated by PCMag as "the simplest mobile chat application out there, with a good range of support."[14]


Tango, based in Mountain View, California, was founded in September 2009 by Uri Raz and Eric Setton.[14][15] Setton currently serves as its Chief Technology Officer[15][16] while Raz is its CEO[14] and Brian Hansen the senior director of operations.[3]

Raz, a serial entrepreneur and Setton, who holds a Stanford PhD in electrical engineering, created the service using peer-to-peer and video compression technologies with the ability to scale to hundreds of millions of users with low infrastructure costs and high quality video.

The founders raised venture capital from a range of investors such as Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Len Blavatnik.[17]

It was reported in July 2013 that the Syrian Electronic Army had hacked the Tango chat app and stolen 1.5 terabytes of user data.[18]

A financing round in March 2014 brought in $280 million from Alibaba, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang and other investors.[19]

As of March 2014, Tango employed just over 160 employees.[citation needed] Tango has offices in Beijing, China, and Austin, Texas, in addition to its Mountain View headquarters. As of 2016, Tango closed its Beijing office.[citation needed]

On August 24, 2015, Tango stopped being compatible with PCs and smartphones which use the Windows Phone operating system.[20]


Tango is a free app[12] that, in addition to video calls, is also optimized for voice calls, texting, photo sharing, and playing games.[3][5][12][14]

Tango is primarily geared towards Android devices.[13] The app is also compatible with iOS.[8][14] Tango has partnered with Aviary to provide photo-editing capabilities.[14]

Tango caters to more than 200 million users[16] which is forming the base of a social network among its users.[21][22]

Tango is available in 14 languages including Arabic, Chinese, and Turkish.

Tango has added integration with GIF platform Gfycat as of February 2017, allowing users to search and send GIFs.[23]


  1. ^ "Privacy Policy - Tango FREE voice, video, & text over 3G, 4G, and WiFi!". December 19, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
  2. ^ Nguyen, Chuong (March 20, 2013). "American law enforcement wants carriers to save your incriminating text messages". Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d Pariseau, Beth (March 15, 2013). "Private cloud to public cloud migration gets easier, but obstacles remain". Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  4. ^ Metz, Rachel (March 20, 2013). "Video chat that's a little closer to hanging out in real life". Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Fitchard, Kevin (March 19, 2013). "TextMe tries to recreate Skype as a mobile-first app". Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  6. ^ Saxena, Anupam (March 18, 2013). "Nokia Lumia 620 review". Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  7. ^ DeMuro, Rich (March 7, 2013). "Tech Updates: BoxBee, Roku 3, Tango on iPad, Wireless Feud & Google Play's Birthday". KTLA. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  8. ^ a b c d Perez, Marin (7 March 2013). "Tango app hits 100 million users, launches iPad app". Archived from the original on 24 May 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  9. ^ a b Loeb, Steven (March 14, 2013). "Asian messaging platform Line sees 100M game downloads". Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 April 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ Bea, Francis (March 19, 2013). "MessageMe picks up 1 million users in 12 days, no thanks to Facebook". Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  12. ^ a b c Dredge, Stuart (March 8, 2013). "30 best iPhone and iPad apps this week". The Guardian. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  13. ^ a b Smith, Kevin (December 18, 2012). "Tango's latest App will become your new favorite way to chat on your smartphone". Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  14. ^ a b c d e f Moscaritolo, Angela (March 7, 2013). "Video chat app tango hits 100m users, adds iPad support". Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  15. ^ a b Perez, Sarah (September 10, 2012). "Mobile video chat app tango is starting to look like a social network: adds photo sharing, in-app gaming". Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  16. ^ a b Hardy, Quentin (December 9, 2012). "Mobile video calling creates a new frontier". New York Times. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  17. ^ Ludwig, Sean (November 20, 2012). "Video-calling app Tango adds Instagram-like filters & cute animal avatars". Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  18. ^ Rubenking, Neil J. (2013-07-23). "Syrian Electronic Army Hacked Tango Chat App; Is Your Site Next?". PC Magazine. Retrieved 2019-03-08. the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) hacked the cross-platform Tango chat application and stole 1.5 terabytes of data. This data included private phone numbers, email addresses, and contact information for some or all of the app's 120 million users.
  19. ^ St. Louis Post-Dispatch (AP)
  20. ^ "Where is Tango on PC and Windows Phone 7?". Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  21. ^ Perez, Marin (19 March 2013). "Google Babble may challenge iMessage, BBM". Archived from the original on 15 May 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  22. ^ Perez, Marin (19 March 2013). "BeFunky app tries to take fight to Instagram". Archived from the original on 13 May 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  23. ^ "Tango now lets you post GIFs from the largest user-generated database in the world". The Daily Dot. February 14, 2017. Retrieved February 25, 2017.

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