Tango (software)

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Developer(s) JP Inc.
Stable release
Operating system Android, iOS
Available in Multilingual
Type Voice over IP, Instant messaging, Videoconferencing
License proprietary[1]
Website www.tango.me

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] A financing round in March 2014 brought in $280 million from Alibaba, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang and other investors.[18]

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 24 August 2015, Tango stopped being compatible with PCs and smartphones which use the Windows Phone operating system.[19]


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.[20][21]

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.[22]


  1. ^ "Privacy Policy - Tango FREE voice, video, & text over 3G, 4G, and WiFi!". 19 December 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Nguyen, Chuong (20 March 2013). "American law enforcement wants carriers to save your incriminating text messages". Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Pariseau, Beth (15 March 2013). "Private cloud to public cloud migration gets easier, but obstacles remain". Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Metz, Rachel (20 March 2013). "Video chat that's a little closer to hanging out in real life". Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Fitchard, Kevin (19 March 2013). "TextMe tries to recreate Skype as a mobile-first app". Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Saxena, Anupam (18 March 2013). "Nokia Lumia 620 review". Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  7. ^ DeMuro, Rich (7 March 2013). "Tech Updates: BoxBee, Roku 3, Tango on iPad, Wireless Feud & Google Play’s Birthday". KTLA. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c d Perez, Marin (7 March 2013). "Tango app hits 100 million users, launches iPad app". Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Loeb, Steven (14 March 2013). "Asian messaging platform Line sees 100M game downloads". Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  10. ^ http://www.tango.me/2014/03/200-million-members/
  11. ^ Bea, Francis (19 March 2013). "MessageMe picks up 1 million users in 12 days, no thanks to Facebook". Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c Dredge, Stuart (8 March 2013). "30 best iPhone and iPad apps this week". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Smith, Kevin (18 December 2012). "Tango's latest App will become your new favorite way to chat on your smartphone". Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f Moscaritolo, Angela (7 March 2013). "Video chat app tango hits 100m users, adds iPad support". Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  15. ^ a b Perez, Sarah (10 September 2012). "Mobile video chat app tango is starting to look like a social network: adds photo sharing, in-app gaming". Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  16. ^ a b Hardy, Quentin (9 December 2012). "Mobile video calling creates a new frontier". New York Times. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  17. ^ Ludwig, Sean (20 November 2012). "Video-calling app Tango adds Instagram-like filters & cute animal avatars". Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  18. ^ St. Louis Post-Dispatch (AP)
  19. ^ "Where is Tango on PC and Windows Phone 7?". Retrieved 2017-04-26. 
  20. ^ Perez, Marin (19 March 2013). "Google Babble may challenge iMessage, BBM". Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  21. ^ Perez, Marin (19 March 2013). "BeFunky app tries to take fight to Instagram". Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  22. ^ "Tango now lets you post GIFs from the largest user-generated database in the world". The Daily Dot. 14 February 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 

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