Manufacturers Starting to Confirm Windows Phone 8 for October?


Microsoft has yet to confirm just when it plans to officially introduce Windows Phone 8 and the first smartphones that will run the new platform. That’s not to say we’re totally in the dark, and there have been a good deal of rumors that a fall launch, specifically sometime during October, may be likely. Today we see a little confirmation, and from a Windows Phone manufacturer, no less, that those estimates could be right on the money, and Apollo will land this October.

Nokia’s division in Saudi Arabia recently to some questions about when the nation would see the arrival of the Lumia 900. While it didn’t directly comment about the 900, it wrote that it was expecting to have some sort of Lumia device (or devices) ready for that market in October, that it would have full Arabic language support, and it would show-up running Windows 8.

Clearly, we’re talking Windows Phone 8 here, and we’re not sure if that was a slip on Nokia’s part or a problem with our translation. We might put a little more faith in this confirmation if it was from a larger Nokia Twitter account, rather than a regional office, but it’s certainly additional evidence to consider.

Speaking of the potential for regional offices to make gaffes, LG’s branch in Italy tweeted earlier that the Optimus 7 most definitely would not be seeing a Windows Phone 8 update – a topic that’s been on our mind a lot lately. Of course, it didn’t take long for the company to reverse direction, calling the earlier tweet erroneous and promising to give the topic of an update further investigation.

Source: Nokia Saudi Arabia (Twitter), LG Italy (Twitter)

Via: My Nokia Blog, WPCentral

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Stephen Schenck

Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen’s first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he’s convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he’s not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits

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