Windows Phone 8 not yet ready, will be finished around end-October

Windows Phone 8 not yet ready, will be finished around end-October
Samsung, Nokia and HTC all announed their new Windows Phone 8 devices, but we can’t help but notice that all announcements came with one big fat disclaimer - the operating system is not ready yet. The Samsung Ativ S was remained locked for journalists to test, and Nokia only allowed press to test the camera on its new Lumias after the huge camera fiasco. Now, HTC also doesn’t allow media to go any deeper than the home screen in its new Windows Phone smartphones.

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.

source: Pocket-lint



1. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

typical microslow

2. arsenaljimenez

Posts: 198; Member since: May 03, 2012

Slow and steady wins the race :)

8. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 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: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: Feb 27, 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: 14; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Windows Phone 8 already RTM'd from Microsoft. It must be the HTC customizations and drivers that are still in progress.

4. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Well.. be patience then. That's all you can do.

5. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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: Feb 27, 2012

People have been waiting since Windows Phone 7. Any other company would have died by now from lack of monies.

6. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

WP 8 = DOA

12. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: Feb 22, 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

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i do hope that they will act fast!! they should outbid apple! let the beasts out!

10. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 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: 219; Member since: Oct 20, 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: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 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: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 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 unregistered

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: Feb 18, 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%.

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