Nokia Corporation (ADR)(NYSE:NOK) could be in serious trouble.
When the Finnish handset maker showed-off its smartphones last week, a major attraction for the tech community was the new Windows Phone 8 that is set to make its debut with the phones.
There were reports that Microsoft Corporation(NASDAQ:MSFT) should be ready with its operating system by the end of the October, which means that Nokia's phones could start selling in November.
Now there are fresh reports that the Redmond-based software firm is yet to finish the software. The Verge reported that Microsoft had originally planned to launch its operating system for phones in early October and much ahead of its operating software for personal computers.
However, these sources are now indicating that Microsoft is targeting October 29 to launch Windows Phone 8. A late October launch for the mobile phone operating system would put the Nokia smartphones on the market sometime in November. The reason Microsoft is behind according to sources is delays and bugs encountered during testing.
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The Verge said that HTC has had difficulty testing one of its Windows Phone 8 devices.
These issues have affected HTC’s ability to announce new smartphones based on the operating system as early as Samsung, and Nokia were able to.
The delay in the launch of the operating system is believed to be forcing some manufacturers to ship devices without the customizations common to most carriers.
Reports indicate that any delays and final carrier testing could also affect when smartphones are run by the operating system market.