Windows Phone 8 devices showing up in web stats

Windows Phone 8 may still be months away from being released but there's definitely some testing of Microsoft's next mobile OS going on somewhere in the world. WMPoweruser.com reports that statistics from DSLReport’s mobile speed test show one, possibly two, devices running on Windows Phone 8 out in the wild and connecting to networks from T-Mobile and Verizon.

The devices have Nokia and Qualcomm labels in the report and all of them have the sub-title "Fluid". Qualcomm is a mobile phone chipset manufacturer, who have cut a deal with Microsoft to provide chips for Windows Phone, so it's possible that the company has made a test phone (in conjunction with Nokia perhaps) to check out an upcoming processor. The mobile version of Internet Explorer 10 is also indicated in the reports.

WMPoweruser.com reports that it has also seen Windows Phone 8 activity in its own server logs, coming mostly from AT&T. The logs show that the devices have screen resolutions of 768×768 and 480×480.

Windows Phone 8 is expected to launch sometime before the end of the year. However, it's looking like owners of Windows Phone 7 products won't be able to download a software upgrade to Windows Phone 8, but we still haven't received any confirmation from Microsoft confirming or denying this.

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Maybe it's the Kin 3 and Kin 4. Well of course they won't be called the Kin or created by Microsoft, but they could be trying feature phone-like versions of WP8 to hit the low-end market. There are many people that will continue to stick with feature phones for a long time (many cheap college guys like me) and it'd be nice to have a semi-smartphone. If they get someone like Nokia to make the right moves in entering the market, I'm quite sure it could be popular.

That was my first thought. Something like a table top "dashboard" type thing. Similar to a digital picture frame, only running an OS. Would be cool for a kitchen to pull up a recipe, or displaying the weather.

rev23dev said,
That was my first thought. Something like a table top "dashboard" type thing. Similar to a digital picture frame, only running an OS. Would be cool for a kitchen to pull up a recipe, or displaying the weather.

This was supposed to be a reply to Salutary7's comment.

Just a thought. Due to the weird square resolution, maybe they're just experimenting with WP8-powered devices that aren't exactly phones. I could totally see a company like Sony working with MS to create a Windows Watch or some other wonky device.

mrpakiman said,
could be a blackberry type phone, small screen with a keyboard

It could be, but the good thing is that the above 4 resolutions share the same ratios between the two low end and 2 high end. So maybe the OS can now just scale apps and stuff to fit without devs having to do much work for their apps/games? Guess only time will tell in the end.

GP007 said,

It could be, but the good thing is that the above 4 resolutions share the same ratios between the two low end and 2 high end. So maybe the OS can now just scale apps and stuff to fit without devs having to do much work for their apps/games? Guess only time will tell in the end.


Yeah, and a while back it did appear they were planning such a form factor. It would be nice to have the option.

BumbleBritches57 said,

This is Microsoft you're talking about, Windows will never have any kind of intelligence.

Could say the same thing about you.

Enron said,
So they'll have square (480x480, 768x768) and 5:3 (800x480, 1280x768) resolutions. Sounds about right.

You forgot the sarcasm tag, or you need to stop and think before posting something this silly.

least someone is testing stuff b4 it comes out =] but why is there none trying to find the infoumaous iphone 5? that not in testing anywhere? or do they just liek unleash it and pray they dont break it like normal?

DKAngel said,
least someone is testing stuff b4 it comes out =] but why is there none trying to find the infoumaous iphone 5? that not in testing anywhere? or do they just liek unleash it and pray they dont break it like normal?

Browsers don't have to report accurate data. Apple would be more likely to use a modified browser config to withhold whatever information they can before the official reveal.

Salutary7 said,

Browsers don't have to report accurate data. Apple would be more likely to use a modified browser config to withhold whatever information they can before the official reveal.

So then these "WP8's" are simply some guy chillin in his basement making his computer browser report as a future windows phone?

andrewbares said,

So then these "WP8's" are simply some guy chillin in his basement making his computer browser report as a future windows phone?


... That's a great idea! ...

andrewbares said,

So then these "WP8's" are simply some guy chillin in his basement making his computer browser report as a future windows phone?

Not likely, considering it's coming in from different mobile ISPs. But not out of the question either. It would be pretty funny to find out it's just people trolling the rumor mill.

I chuckled at the screen resolutions!!

It goes to show that Windows Phone 8 is going to be present on variety of devices, and also that it is closer than we might think!

Mohitster said,
I chuckled at the screen resolutions!!

It goes to show that Windows Phone 8 is going to be present on variety of devices, and also that it is closer than we might think!

Why chuckle @ screen res?

WP7 said,

Why chuckle @ screen res?

Due to the squarish resolutions, what else? There are not many devices with such a form factor at the moment, if any!

Mohitster said,

Due to the squarish resolutions, what else? There are not many devices with such a form factor at the moment, if any!

Yeah didn't think about that

Mohitster said,

Due to the squarish resolutions, what else? There are not many devices with such a form factor at the moment, if any!


I think this IE just uses square of device resolution width to render pages (as length doesn't matter), so it's most likely actually 800x480 and 1280x768