Windows Phone 8 Release Date, Features, Verizon Handset Leaked: Many Excited for HTC Phone 8X, Nokia Lumia 920 Despite Doubts of Microsoft Success
Microsoft and the world are preparing its Windows Phone 8 which is coming in a few weeks.
The company wants to make a comeback with its new Windows 8 software, however it has received many criticism.
According to ExtremeTech, writer Ryan Whitman said that the future of Windows Phone 8 is in jeopardy because app developers have yet to get a software development kit (SDK) to build apps for the new OS.
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""Microsoft has opened up limited access to the Windows Phone 8 Preview SDK, leaving most devs out in the cold," Whitman said. "If you were expecting Windows Phone 8′s app ecosystem to be one of its main selling points, think again."
"Windows Phone 7.5 apps should run in compatibility mode, but will lack many features. Developers aren't even bothering to continue work on WP7.5 apps with the new OS just around the corner. Redmond has caused its own app ecosystem to stagnate at the worst possible time," he said.
"Microsoft is letting marketing dictate the deployment of software instead of what's really best for the product. The company is under the mistaken impression that a good feature set can replace a vibrant app ecosystem. It's wonderful to have features like multitasking, better customization, and advanced notifications - but what are the first questions people ask when they get a new smartphone? They don't want to know the best way to expose data on the home screen; they want to know which apps to download," Whitman explained. "There are things to like about Windows Phone 8. It has some innovative ideas, and a user interface that can look very attractive when it's used correctly. But Microsoft is essentially trying to go it alone on the strength of built-in features (whatever those end up being)."
However, many people want a Windows 8 device.
According to Nvonews, many are excitement for Windows 8.
"Windows 8 is going to be a magical OS that will transform the computing in the days to come. Though many people have tried to spoil the excitement by reasoning against its importance, but people by and large are excited as it will incorporate smartphone, tablet and laptos, PC into one OS," the website said. "Windows Phone 8 is also attracting huge attention in the market with several great smartphone set to be launched by many top smart-phone manufacturers including Samsung, Nokia, LG and ASUS already revealing several handsets on Windows Phone 8."
One popular phone is the HTC Windows Phone 8X.
CNET said that one big part that makes the HTC phone interesting is "its high-octane blend of components. Under the hood is a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, the same CPU that will power the Lumia 920 and what's found in both the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S3 (U.S. versions)."
"Sources familiar with AT&T and Microsoft's plans have revealed to The Verge that the carrier will start taking pre-orders for its range of Windows Phone 8 handsets on October 21st - including the HTC 8X and Nokia's Lumia 920," TheVerge reported.
Microsoft is holding an event in California on Oct. 29 to announce the final version of WP8.
According to PCWorld, "Carriers on that day are also expected to announce pricing, availability, and pre-order details for the first round of Windows Phone 8 devices."
In July, Microsoft's WP senior product manager Greg Sullivan told Tech Crunch to expect some "cool stuff" when the wraps finally come off Windows Phone 8.
"There are a whole series of... new capabilities and features that will come that we haven't talked about and there's integration with Windows 8 that we'll demo closer to the date," he said.
In other recent news, Verizon will not be getting the Lumia 920 but a mid-range Nokia "822." According to PopHerald, photos have been leaked online by a Windows-centric blog site, and the unannounced device is reportedly the Verizon variant of the Nokia Lumia 820, a mid-range Windows Phone 8 handset.
"Windows Phone 8 interface, the 4G LTE logo of Verizon Wireless, and the "Carl Zeiss" optics branding on the phone's 8-megapixel autofocus back-facing camera," PopHerald reported.
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