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Nokia Could Announce WP8 Phones as Early as September

By - Source: Bloomberg | B 35 comments

It sounds like Nokia is busy working on some new Windows Phone devices.

It's been just over a year since Nokia announced plans to make Windows Phone its primary smartphone OS. The Finnish company, once so determined to carved itself a piece of the smartphone pie with a proprietary OS, did an about face and adopted the Microsoft-owned OS last February. So far, we've seen a fistful of Nokia-brand Windows Phone 7 devices hit the market under the Lumia brand. Now it seems Nokia might be among the first to market with Windows Phone 8 phones.

 

Bloomberg cites a person with knowledge of the matter who says we may see Windows Phone 8 devices from Nokia in September. According to this source, Nokia plans to announce Windows Phone 8-based devices as early as next month at its Nokia World event. These phones would be scheduled for release in time for the holiday shopping season.

Nokia officials wouldn't confirm or deny the rumor when Bloomberg asked, preferring not to comment. However, if Nokia does decide to announce its new handets in September, it would be facing some pretty stiff competition. Apple is also rumored to be announcing a new phone next month. Nokia World is set to take place the first week of September, while the latest scuttlebutt has Apple's iPhone event pegged for September 12.

Microsoft gave us a sneak peek at Windows Phone 8, AKA Apollo, back in June. Windows Phone 8 will share a kernel, file system, media foundation, device drivers, and parts of the security model of Windows 8, and is due out in the fall. Packing support for multi-core processors, displays up to 1280x768, and external SD storage, Windows Phone 8 will bring Internet Explorer 10 to Windows Phone devices as well as in-app purchases, Nokia Maps, and improved enterprise features (including device management for administrators, Office apps, support for BitLocker encryption, and secure boot mode).

We'll keep you posted on Nokia's Windows Phone 8 plans, so stay tuned!

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    monktongaz , August 7, 2012 4:01 PM
    Got a Lumia 900 after my last iPhone and I bloody love it. 7.8 will last me for a while until WP8. I'll leave WP8 alone for a year until WP8.x comes out with some fixes :) 
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    hannibal , August 7, 2012 3:49 PM
    captaincharismanokia lumina owner must love how they are not going to be able to get this upgrade. another fail by MS and by nokia for sticking with windows phone


    Android 2.3 owner must love how they are not going to be able to get...
    Every phone owner is in situation where it is possible that you don't get upgrades. We allready know that old 7.5 devices are too weak for 8 and that there will be upgrade to 7.5 to 7.8...
    How many android owners can say that they will get upgrade from 2.3 to 2.x ??? Not so many.
    If you want constant upgrades you have to buy new phones... It is the same in all groups: win, android and iOS. There will be some upgrades in all of those, but one day your phone will be too old for upgrades... period.
    Maybe the situation change when the development in phones start to slow down, but not untill then.

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    memadmax , August 7, 2012 3:08 PM
    Awesome... something that Win8 is MEANT for... and the only thing too...
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    hannibal , August 7, 2012 3:49 PM
    captaincharismanokia lumina owner must love how they are not going to be able to get this upgrade. another fail by MS and by nokia for sticking with windows phone


    Android 2.3 owner must love how they are not going to be able to get...
    Every phone owner is in situation where it is possible that you don't get upgrades. We allready know that old 7.5 devices are too weak for 8 and that there will be upgrade to 7.5 to 7.8...
    How many android owners can say that they will get upgrade from 2.3 to 2.x ??? Not so many.
    If you want constant upgrades you have to buy new phones... It is the same in all groups: win, android and iOS. There will be some upgrades in all of those, but one day your phone will be too old for upgrades... period.
    Maybe the situation change when the development in phones start to slow down, but not untill then.

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    captaincharisma , August 7, 2012 3:59 PM
    hannibalAdroid 2.3 owner must love how they are bot going to be able to get...Every phone owner is in situation where it is possible that you dpn't get upgrades. Wel allready know that old 7.5 devices are too weak for 8 and that there will be upgrade to 7.5 to 7.8...How many andoid owners can say that they will get upgrade from 2.3 to 2.x ??? Not so many.If you want constant upgrades you have to buy new phones... It is the same in all croups win, android iOS. There will be some upgrades in all of those, but one day your phone will be too old for upgrades... period.Maybe the situation change when the development in phones start to slow down, but not ultill then.


    at least droid phones have the ability to root them and upgrade the phones themselves. I never even rooted my nexus S and i am already running android 4.1
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    monktongaz , August 7, 2012 4:01 PM
    Got a Lumia 900 after my last iPhone and I bloody love it. 7.8 will last me for a while until WP8. I'll leave WP8 alone for a year until WP8.x comes out with some fixes :) 
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    SchizoFrog , August 7, 2012 4:06 PM
    I'll also back up hannibal's comment and say that Apple were far more restraining with the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 4S which saw the introduction of SIRI among other things for example but is not available for the iPhone 4.

    Seriously looking forward to see what Nokia and Samsung and possibly HTC release for WP8 over the next few months as I intend to replace my ageing phone around Christmas.
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    hannibal , August 7, 2012 4:08 PM
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    Got a Lumia 900 after my last iPhone and I bloody love it. 7.8 will last me for a while until WP8. I'll leave WP8 alone for a year until WP8.x comes out with some fixes :) 


    May be wise! A new platform generally have some rough spots untill some upgrades comes out!
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    CaedenV , August 7, 2012 4:21 PM
    Cant wait! Ive been waiting for a WP7 device with SD card support, all the other perks that come with WP8 are just icing on the cake!
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    mcd023 , August 7, 2012 4:23 PM
    Don't freak out too much over the WP8 no-upgrade. If you really needed the enterprise features, then you probably wouldn't have bought the phone. Most of the upgrades are for hardware that you don't have, anyway (except for the first gen Samsung focus, which has a micro-SD slot, which I am using). From what I understand as a developer, apps written for WP8 will work on WP7.5/8 unless they make use of something that 7.5/8 doesn't have (such as encryption)
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    house70 , August 7, 2012 4:27 PM
    hannibalAdroid 2.3 owner must love how they are bot going to be able to get...Every phone owner is in situation where it is possible that you dpn't get upgrades. Wel allready know that old 7.5 devices are too weak for 8 and that there will be upgrade to 7.5 to 7.8...How many andoid owners can say that they will get upgrade from 2.3 to 2.x ??? Not so many.If you want constant upgrades you have to buy new phones... It is the same in all croups win, android iOS. There will be some upgrades in all of those, but one day your phone will be too old for upgrades... period.Maybe the situation change when the development in phones start to slow down, but not ultill then.

    There is NO Android 2.x
    Android 2.3 was the last Android 2.something released. It came in minor flavors, mostly fixes, up to 2.3.7, but that is still 2.3. Just like WP has 7.5 and then will (probably) have 7.8.
    Just FYI, you picked the wrong example here.
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    hackholm , August 7, 2012 4:29 PM
    killabanksNokia its not too late release an android phone show them how its done


    Why would they do that? Android would be a step backward from WP 7.5 and a big step backward now with WP 8.
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    rebel1280 , August 7, 2012 4:37 PM
    Will it support flash? Cause i have WP7.5 and i cant watch the Mex Vs Jap Olympic game right now!!!!! or any games live cause of lack of flash support!
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    grimworld , August 7, 2012 4:56 PM
    captaincharismaat least droid phones have the ability to root them and upgrade the phones themselves. I never even rooted my nexus S and i am already running android 4.1


    My wife wanted a white Android based phone so I gave her LG Optimus Black (white one). I had read a note from LG saying that phone would get ICS eventually. Now LG has backed down from those plans and since AOKP community only works on official releases. LG Optimus Black will have to stick with 2.3.4

    It isn´t just Nokia and Windows Phone 7.5 not getting 8, it´s Android all over the place also.
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    wildkitten , August 7, 2012 5:07 PM
    captaincharismanokia lumina owner must love how they are not going to be able to get this upgrade. another fail by MS and by nokia for sticking with windows phone

    I have heard this criticism for a long time now of MS by people. Well, being an Android owner for 9 months, guess what, Android is no different.

    Many phones perfectly capable of running ICS will never get it. Some phones which were promised to have ICS aren't getting it either. So I really don't see any difference.

    The only smartphone that gets constant upgrades of the OS is the iPhone with iOS because theres only one set of hardware. I suppose that's one of the few advantages of having a closed archeticture. I sort of wish Nokia was the only OEM MS was using for Windows Phone 8 so they could take a similar approach as Apple and see how well they do.

    But let's hope MS has made a good smart phone OS AND most importantly incentivizes the development community to make some wide range of good apps to support it. If so, will be nice to get some good competition into the market.
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    wildkitten , August 7, 2012 5:11 PM
    captaincharismaat least droid phones have the ability to root them and upgrade the phones themselves. I never even rooted my nexus S and i am already running android 4.1

    Yeah but that's counting on an unofficial OS mod that will not get you technical support from the carrier. So you're comparison is worse than apples and oranges.

    It's one of the reasons I haven't put an ICS leak on my Bionic.
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    wildkitten , August 7, 2012 5:13 PM
    killabanksNokia its not too late release an android phone show them how its done

    Yes, just what the market needs, yet another Android based phone getting lost among the myriad others and still having only 2 main OS's for smartphones.

    No, Android needs the competition as much as Apple. I have owned a Droid Bionic since November and I can tell you, while Android has some nice things going for it, it still needs a lot of work done to it and Android needs something to shake it up as much as Apple did.
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    wildkitten , August 7, 2012 5:15 PM
    SchizoFrogI'll also back up hannibal's comment and say that Apple were far more restraining with the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 4S which saw the introduction of SIRI among other things for example but is not available for the iPhone 4.Seriously looking forward to see what Nokia and Samsung and possibly HTC release for WP8 over the next few months as I intend to replace my ageing phone around Christmas.

    I wouldn't say that was far more restraining. iPhone 4, as well as 3, got iOS 5, and will get iOS 6.

    Rather had to say one feature not available is more restraining than not getting an entire new OS. Are you saying it would have been less restraining not to get any of iOS 5 at all?
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    wildkitten , August 7, 2012 5:18 PM
    rebel1280Will it support flash? Cause i have WP7.5 and i cant watch the Mex Vs Jap Olympic game right now!!!!! or any games live cause of lack of flash support!

    Well, Android soon won't have Flash either, and I don't believe iOS does.

    I hope it does it have it as well, but will be hard to have that as a criticism when at least one of the main phone OS's won't have it soon as well.
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    jakes69 , August 7, 2012 5:56 PM
    wildkittenI wouldn't say that was far more restraining. iPhone 4, as well as 3, got iOS 5, and will get iOS 6.Rather had to say one feature not available is more restraining than not getting an entire new OS. Are you saying it would have been less restraining not to get any of iOS 5 at all?


    Getting the latest iOS is one thing but running it smoothly is another. My wife got an iPhone 4 and when I updated it to iOS 5...it constantly lags and freezes.
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