Tango (software)

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Tango (application) logo.png
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 began as one of the first provider of video calls, voice calls, texting, photo sharing, and games on a 3G network.[3][4][5][6]

As of 2018, Tango has more than 400 million registered users.[7][8][9][10][5] It was rated by PCMag as "the simplest mobile chat application out there, with a good range of support."[6]

In 2017, Tango entered the live-streaming space, and has become a B2C platform for Live Video Broadcasts. Combining high-quality video streaming, a live messaging chat and a digital economy, Tango is a social community that allows content creators to share their talents and monetize their fans and followers.

Tango is available in many languages including Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Hindi and Vietnamese.[11]


Tango, based in Mountain View, California, was founded in September 2009 by Uri Raz and Eric Setton.[6][12] Raz currently serves as its CEO.

The California-based company has offices in Saint Petersburg, Tel Aviv, Kiev and Minsk, and a total of over 120 employees and 33 patents.

The founders raised venture capital from a range of investors such as Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Len Blavatnik.[13]

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.[14]

A financing round in March 2014 brought in $280 million from Alibaba, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang and other investors.[15]

As of March 2014, Tango employed just over 160 employees in offices in Beijing China and Austin, Texas, in addition to its Mountain View headquarters.[citation needed] 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.[16]

In February 2017, Tango added integration with GIF platform Gfycat, allowing users to search and send GIFs.[17]


  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 Pariseau, Beth (March 15, 2013). "Private cloud to public cloud migration gets easier, but obstacles remain". Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  4. ^ Fitchard, Kevin (March 19, 2013). "TextMe tries to recreate Skype as a mobile-first app". Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Dredge, Stuart (March 8, 2013). "30 best iPhone and iPad apps this week". The Guardian. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  6. ^ a b c Moscaritolo, Angela (March 7, 2013). "Video chat app tango hits 100m users, adds iPad support". Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  7. ^ Smith, Craig (1 July 2020). "12 Tango Facts and Statistics (2020)By the Numbers". Archived from the original on 24 May 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  8. ^ Loeb, Steven (March 14, 2013). "Asian messaging platform Line sees 100M game downloads". Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 April 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ Bea, Francis (March 19, 2013). "MessageMe picks up 1 million users in 12 days, no thanks to Facebook". Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  11. ^ Williams, Hannah. "Best free software for video calling". Techworld. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Ludwig, Sean (November 20, 2012). "Video-calling app Tango adds Instagram-like filters & cute animal avatars". Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  14. ^ Rubenking, Neil J. (July 23, 2013). "Syrian Electronic Army Hacked Tango Chat App; Is Your Site Next?". PC Magazine. Retrieved March 8, 2019. 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.
  15. ^ St. Louis Post-Dispatch (AP)
  16. ^ "Where is Tango on PC and Windows Phone 7?". Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  17. ^ "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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