It’s a busy time for Windows Phone 8, with Samsung recently unveiling the very first WP8 smartphone at IFA, and with Nokia and Microsoft expected to reveal some WP8 devices during next week’s New York City event on September 5. But come late October, things are going to really take off, with its official launch date rumored to be October 29, with handsets going on sale a couple weeks after.
Citing an inside source who asked not to be named, ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley recently revealed that following the launch of Windows 8 and the Surface RT on October 26, WP8 will see an official launch at a (likely) west coast event on October 29. This date marks the “consumer launch” of WP8, with smartphones running the OS being made available for purchase “a week or two later.” This jives with previous rumors that Windows Phone 8 devices would go on sale sometime in November.
Details on the launch event for WP8 are still scarce — Foley confessed to not knowing the exact location or even the city in which it will take place — and companies besides Samsung have yet to reveal any of their devices running Microsoft’s next generation mobile OS. But over the next course of the couple of weeks, we should be seeing a number of details and announcements emerge regarding WP8, so stay tuned for more details.