It’s been a rollercoaster of a month, with Windows Phone 8 first being rumored, then partly revealed, and BAM, it’s nice and all, only existing Windows Phone 7.5 devices won’t get an update.
Immediately after that, the OEMs who have been quite reluctant to show Microsoft any real support all came out of the hiding. HTC hinted 3 new Windows Phone 8 devices in a row, and Huawei will put forward its “Ascend” device too. Meanwhile in Europe, the real grandmaster of Windows Phones, a.k.a. Nokia, has been largely staying mum about its future offering.
For those who have been resisting the charm (or former charm) of Lumia 900 for the upcoming new platform, worry no more. The wait won’t be as long as some sources have indicated (2013, anyone?). According to Chinese Windows Phone site WPDang’s insider, Nokia has accelerated its process, and will release its next batch of Windows Phone 8 goodies by the end of this year. And China will make it to the first echelon of launch countries this time. This is one big surprise, the good kind, to Chinese geeks. Since the dawn of the time, China has always been in the “let’s consider this shabby country when we really, really got nothing better to do” wave in the launch of just about anything. Finally things are going to change a bit.
WPDang didn’t mention the exact source of their information. However, considering they have been keeping a straight record of accuracy, I’d say we can trust this one. Plus, it makes sense. We know Nokia is in really financial shape, and the suddenly no-future treatment to its superstar Lumia 900 is another heavy blow. By all account they should be hurrying things up to mend the damage as much as possible, and catch the Christmas sales window.
And it’s easily feasible. We know Nokia has been testing Windows Phone 8 prototypes in the dark, right?