Windows Phone 8 devices being tested in Australia?

According to a recent report, multiple Windows Phone manufacturers are testing Windows Phone 8 devices in Australia.

WPDownUnder is reporting that multiple sources have told it that at least three manufacturers are testing the new Windows Phone 8 devices in the country. The site indicates that Nokia is testing a device that looks "almost identical" to the current Lumia 900; the site speculates that the device will have a front-facing camera, although it doesn't provide any information to corroborate this theory. Additionally, the site's sources stated that HTC and Samsung are also testing preview devices in the country. WPDownUnder hasn't heard whether or not any additional manufacturers are testing devices in the country.

The news comes shortly after a Nokia fan site revealed pictures showing names for potential Windows Phone 8 Nokia devices. No new information about the devices was revealed in the pictures beyond the fact the devices are running the next version of the Windows Phone operating system, according to information in WP Bench, a benchmarking utility for Windows Phone devices.

Windows Phone 8 will be officially revealed next month at Microsoft's Developer Summit event. Little is known about the new operating system beyond its codename, Apollo, although a wireless company executive recently commented the operating system looks "pretty impressive." The new mobile operating system is expected to launch alongside handsets from Nokia later this year.

Via: GP007 in the forums
Source: WPDownUnder

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I am kind of floored that there has not really been any leaks on this so far. Pretty impressive MS. This needs to be better than good. You need to blow the lid off here and do something no one else is doing. Or at the least do everything that everyone else is doing, that might help.

Nokia will lead the way with the handsets, it's already happening, and Nokia is also teaching MS a BIG FAT HUGE marketing lesson, while simultaneously taking the "Microsoft" name out of the product, which unfortunately is sorely needed because of the abuse that MS customers took during the Virus and Vista years, which although long gone, left a mark that MS is still paying dearly for.

Microsoft has a lot of reason to be optimistic here, it is obvious the carriers are hungry to lose the Apple subsidies. Opportunity knocks. Time to stop talking and start delivering. And while your at it let people know stuff exists. Skydrive is probably the best name and brand going for MS next to Xbox right now, they need to market the crap out of that thing.

They're keeping it quiet this time around because they learned their lesson with Mango. While the transparency during development was nice, it gave competitors a good enough lead time to adapt ideas into their own platforms.

Enron said,
They're keeping it quiet this time around because they learned their lesson with Mango. While the transparency during development was nice, it gave competitors a good enough lead time to adapt ideas into their own platforms.

yes exactly, the others copied ideas into their own platforms and were made available before. this time around ms are keeping very quiet on the whole thing, and so they should.

korupt_one said,

yes exactly, the others copied ideas into their own platforms and were made available before. this time around ms are keeping very quiet on the whole thing, and so they should.


Absolutely!

Makes sense if they're going to have devices ready for launch in the fall... I can't wait to see what's coming in the OS and the phones!