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Microsoft possibly testing its own Windows Phone 8 smartphone, evidence suggests

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Microsoft possibly testing its own Windows Phone 8 smartphone, evidence suggests
Is Microsoft really going to release a WP8 handset under its own brand? Stephen Elop says "no", yet rumors in favor of the opposite are starting to pile up. This so-called "Surface Phone" supposedly belongs to the high-end category, and if all goes as planned, we might see it hit the shelves in only a few months from now.

The latest evidence suggesting that Microsoft might launch its own Windows Phone 8 smartphone was spotted in the usage logs of an app called PersianType. As the name suggests, the software is a Persian language virtual keyboard designed for Windows Phone users. The application's developer noticed in the logs that a device running Windows Phone 8 (version 8,0,900,0) had PersianType installed on it – a smartphone by the name of Juggernaut Alpha. If the name sounds familiar, that is because the same code name appeared in benchmark results back in July

Is a Microsoft Windows Phone 8 smartphone being tested?

Is a Microsoft Windows Phone 8 smartphone being tested?

Now, here is where it gets even more interesting. In addition to the make and model of the handset, the logs contain the IP address of the user. In this case, the Juggernaut reported an IP address 131.107.0.14. Do you want to know what we got after looking it up? It turns out that this address belongs to Microsoft Corporation and can be traced back to Redmond, WA, United States.

Of course, this is just a rumor based on evidence that we have no way of confirming the legitimacy of. Therefore, we wouldn't mind if you call it bogus. On the other hand, Microsoft did announce a tablet of its own, despite having a number of hardware manufacturers using its software platform already. That said, the chance of seeing a Windows Phone 8 device by Microsoft launching in the near future isn't as slim as it once was.

source: PCWAR

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posted on 08 Oct 2012, 03:02 8

1. maverick786us (Posts: 117; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


It will be a big big failure if Microsoft doesn't develop it with the help of Nokia.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 03:05 2

2. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Nokia is already a defacto Phone HW manufacturing unti ot M$. M$ is banking on only on their corporate userbase for success with anything that they do as to make a dent in other segment is a difficult task.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 03:10 12

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5605; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Maybe a big fail for Nokia. Nokia bet the farm on WP. If MS releases their own WP phone, that is a pretty big slap in the face for Nokia.

It is looking like MS let Nokia do the heavy lifting on keeping WP relevant until WP had matured sufficiently. Nothing like being used as a stalking horse.... Elop must be wanting to have a drink of poison about now.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 03:24 10

4. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Totally agree. That strategy totally matches with evilish MS. And don't worry about Mr.Elop, after all MS is there to offer him job when Nokia collapses.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 06:48 5

8. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Conspiracy theories, sometimes they're exciting and informative and other times just plain stupid.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 16:55

14. Whodaboss (Posts: 176; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


You can say that again!

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 04:53 3

5. phoneghoul (Posts: 12; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


Mission complete!. "Microsoft's campaign for destroying NOKIA". Symbian is dead, Meego is dead, Qt is no more with Nokia and finally Nokia will be dead soon.

Late Steve Jobs- Was the best CEO for innovation.

Steven Elop- The best CEO for destruction.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 08:10

12. StreetNerd (Posts: 700; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


Jobs best copycatter u mean :')

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 11:48

13. iCandy (Posts: 46; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Maybe, but Nokia has 30000+ wireless patents, the Navteq technology and makes a pretty tight product. My money says Google is just waiting to pounce. What a slam dunk it would be for Google it they acquired Nokia. Just imagine, they could start collecting mega royalities from MS and Apple with those patents and end all litigation against Android. Having Navteq would end any ambitions of Apple or Bing maps.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 16:57

15. Whodaboss (Posts: 176; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


Microsoft would purchase Nokia before anyone else would be even given a chance.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 05:24

6. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1064; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Its a smart move by MS. Forward integration into the handset game is just natural.
But I am sure it'll be a sweet phone

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 05:46 2

7. Maddy (Posts: 31; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


If that’s true then possibility of seeing [ Nokia + Android] is not so far away..
[ Nokia + Android + Purview] => R.I.P [ APPLE + SAMSUNG + MS Surface ]

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 06:59 1

10. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


I hope MS makes the surface phone and Nokia drops wp and adopts Android. As I'm sick and beyond annoyed of the disgruntled Nokia/Android fanbase. Nokia can take pureview and shove it in Androids Ass!!!! And folks do you remember earlier this year MS on hiring rampage? Part of the hire was for photo specialist. Surface phone, surface=quality. Bye bye purview. I would thank God if Nokia gone from WP!! Come on surface phone so we can get rid of Nokia!!

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 08:01

11. -box- (Posts: 3749; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Android needs a hefty amount of tweaking to run PureView, at least in terms of the class of camera as found in the 808. It also needs to slim down, even more than what was done for JellyBean. Otherwise it won't pass Nokia's OCD-like obsession with quality. Hence a reason they went with WP. Is an Android Nokia possible? Sure, maybe, someday, perhaps, but if WP gains the traction and market share it is projected to, Nokia won't have to.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 06:54

9. valapsp (Posts: 473; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


Yessssss, The rumor is getting Hottttt.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 19:27

16. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


i really want microsoft to make a surface phone!

and make the first WP to have quadcore!

just one phone! inspired by its surface line of tablet!

and market almost same like iPhone!

and they should do it every year! they should be the first of everything new in WP ecosystem like the nexus on google!

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 01:13

17. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 698; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


It is called Farsi...

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