Windows Phone 8 not yet ready, will be finished around end-October
Why? And when will Windows Phone 8 be ready? HTC revealed that Microsoft will only have its operating system completely finished around the end of October. The first two HTC Windows Phone devices, the 8X and 8S will hit retail shelves in early November.
"Windows Phone 8 will be released at the end of October. We hope to be in shops days afterwards," a spokesman for HTC confirmed.
That extra time will hopefully allow all new devices to launch on a ton of carriers. In the U.S., HTC’s Windows Phones will arrive on AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. Globally, the phones will land on 126 carriers across 50 countries.
8. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
but fast, consistent and ferocious beats slow and steady! "lesson from the rabbit and the turtle"
but i do agree to that!
11. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5912; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Unless slow and steady gets stepped on by the Android. At this point, I have no faith in any projected schedule from MS. It will be ready when it is ready. HTC, Sammy, even Nokia must be going bonkers with the delays.
Great recipe for a market fail, BTW.
17. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
You mean like RIM? Their marketshare has dropped to single digits. Or Nokia? They had to partner with Microsoft with Windows Phone because their old Symbian platform was dying a slow, painful death from incremental updates and no major changes.
3. alvinashcraft (Posts: 11; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)
Windows Phone 8 already RTM'd from Microsoft. It must be the HTC customizations and drivers that are still in progress.http://www.engadget.com/2012/0
4. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
Well.. be patience then. That's all you can do.
5. snowgator (Posts: 3275; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Finished and fully operational is better than rushed and launched with problems.
Now, push it back another Month or 2 and WP 8 doesn't get launched until December or turn of the year, then the red flags go way up for me....
18. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
People have been waiting since Windows Phone 7. Any other company would have died by now from lack of monies.
12. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5912; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
MS and RIM should share notes about hw to f*ck up a new product launch. Nokia could join the party as well and contribute their experience with the L920 PureView.
7. DanMarino13 (Posts: 63; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
obnoxious wait, but i'd rather have them wait and get it right, then release it premature and bomb. WP8 has a lot of upside and will only continue to be better as newer versions of WP release. Come on Microsoft, release software like Windows 7 on PC as opposed to Vista on PC.
9. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
i do hope that they will act fast!! they should outbid apple!
let the beasts out!
10. speckledapple (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
What they said was that Microsoft is holding back till their press conference instead of showing off things with these showcases. Makes sense.
13. solidsnakeduds013 (Posts: 217; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)
MS is moving like Apple when -they were in their early stages. Now apple caught up and is the richest company. It takes baby steps which takes time.
14. PhoneCritic (Posts: 372; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
I wish them luck but after the release don't the carriers have to do at least another month or two of testing and certification? so your talking around a December to January release.?
15. Loubielou (Posts: 238; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Nokia always seem to do same trend all the time with there Smartphones announce them early an then takes them over 3-9 months before they get released,so the partnership with Microsoft is not showing any good advantages in advancing further but slower
16. Rydsmith (Posts: 181; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)
Excuse me for pointing the obvious out, didn't you (Phonearena) just post an article last week about WP 8 going RTM, which means that it was sent out to manufacturers to be tested and properly integrated with their phone and exclusive applications...?
19. Henrik (Posts: 141; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)
Victor H don't care about such things. If there's a negative spin to put on a Microsoft product - he's there to pick it up and make a nonsense article out of it. He's solely responsible for lowering the article standards around here by about 50%.