There were a lot of rumors and leaks of Windows Phone 8.1, and its features, and on March 26 we’ve heard that Microsoft has allegedly finalized core development for the upcoming refresh. According to some recent reports, March 26 was also the day on which Microsoft’s OEM partners have gotten their hands on Windows Phone 8.1. What does all this mean?
First of all, phone makers can now develop and test firmwares; it also means that Windows Phone 8.1 devices should be just around the corner. WPCentral claims to have information on a certain April 23 date on which the first phones will become available. The report mentions the Lumia 630, Lumia 930, and the Samsung ATIV SE (rendered above), phones we’ve already heard about recently.
Windows Phone 8.1 is expected to be announced next week at Microsoft’s Build, and Nokia has an event scheduled as well, for April 2, where we will probably see the next Lumia phones.