Some Windows Phone fans may be anxiously awaiting the release of WP7.8 for existing handsets, but plenty of others are already moving on to Windows Phone 8. While they’ve got a selection of HTC and Nokia devices to choose from, whatever happened to the Samsung ATIV S, the very first WP8 handset to be publicly announced? We’ve already talked to you about some of the delays that have been facing the smartphone’s release, and now it looks like we’re going to have to push our expectations even further back, upon word that the ATIV S might not be arriving until next year.
A couple weeks ago we heard that the UK release of the ATIV S wouldn’t be taking place until well into December. That may still be the case, as we can’t say how Samsung might be planning to stagger the phone’s release throughout other European and global markets. However, a tweet sent out by T-Mobile Germany claims that the ATIV S is no longer in the carrier’s plans for the fourth quarter of 2012.
Could Samsung have gotten cold feet about the phone’s release? Is it simply trying to focus its resources on its Android lineup? Whatever the case, it would really behoove Samsung to say something official about the ATIV S, as the longer we wait the worse the rumors are going to get.