On Tuesday Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung announced the launch of its first phone, ATIV S, running on Windows 8 mobile operating software. On September 5, Nokia Corporation (ADR)(NYSE:NOK) is expected to launch its new smartphone running on Windows 8.
But the launch of Windows Phone 8 software itself has been shrouded in some mystery.
According to ZDNet, which is closely tracking events, Microsoft Corporation(NASDAQ:MSFT) is set to launch its new mobile operating software on October 29. This is right three days after the company is scheduled to launch the Windows 8 for personal computers, the upgrade after Windows 7.
ZDNet has even zeroed in on the venue of the launch, saying that I could somewhere on the West Coast – either in San Francisco or Los Angeles.
However the software is not expected to start retailing till November – which was anyway originally when the rumours mills had pegged it to make an appearance.
Those who have been on the trail of Windows Phone 8 say that it is a definite big improvement over Windows Phone 7.5 or Mango that has somehow not been as popular as expected. Nokia’s Lumia series runs on Windows Mango, and there have been complaints from customers about compatibility issues with other operating systems.
The new version of the Windows OS supports higher resolution screens including the 720p display in the ATIV S. It also adds support for dual-core processors and microSD cards. For users that means faster phones with better screens and more storage.
The new mobile OS also offers more customizability. Users can arrange their Start screen in more ways thanks to the variable sizes of live tiles. In Windows Phone 8 there’s a new small option for tiles which let users put more tiles onscreen at once, though the medium and large tiles are still available.