Windows Phone 9 to Get Released in January 2015, All Windows Phone 8 Devices Eligible
While there are still plenty Windows Phone 8.1 devices out there that are waiting for the latest Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 to get rolled out, here’s a fresh report which hints that Windows Phone 9 early previous will come in the beginning of 2015.
According to a recent report on the NokiaPowerUser website, Windows Phone 9 is expected to hit developer preview devices somewhere in January 2015. The publication cites trustworthy sources, but there’s no word yet from Microsoft.
Microsoft also hinted that it might get rid of the ‘Phone’ moniker in mobile devices and will choose only Windows. So, this could mean that it will be simply called Windows 9, as Redmond tries to unify as much as possible the experience on mobile, laptop and desktop.
The same report goes on to mention that not all features of Windows Phone 9 will come to all the devices, but it will be availalable to all Windows Phone 8 handsets.
Features like Split-screen multitasking, which will help users in making most out of their Windows Phone Phablets will probably be absent on smaller screen devices. The minimum display size criteria could be 4.9 inch or higher.
As a reminder, Microsoft has scheduled an event on September 30th where Redmond is said to launch the next big version of Windows, codenamed Threshold. So it makes sense for the company to talk at the event about Windows Phone 9, so we’ll have to wait and see if this turns out true.
The Windows Phone 9 preview could roll out some months after the launch of its desktop counterpart. Of course, all this is just hearsay, but maybe there’s a grain of truth to it.
The new Windows Phone 9 operating system could merge Windows Phone and Windows RT, and this makes a lot of sense, since Windows RT has been nothing but failure ever since Microsoft first announced it.