Windows Phone hasn’t exactly been a success, and it’s not very hard to see why. Despite Microsoft working their ass off for the past two years, their mobile OS just isn’t up to snuff compared to Android or iOS. We think this will change when Windows Phone 8, codename Apollo, comes out later this year. That’s going to make the next six months hard, but you know what they say: “Patience is a virtue.” We’ve already heard about three rumored Apollo devices (two from Samsung, one from Nokia), now it’s time to see what Acer has up their sleeves. According to Acer-Club Russia, Microsoft is going to announced Windows Phone 8 in the second half of October. Acer will have a device on sale the day of the announcement called the W11. It’ll have a dual core Qualcomm processor, side sliding QWERTY keyboard, and … that’s it, there’s no more information.
The bigger and more important question: What’s new in Windows Phone 8? All our leaked information comes from Pocketnow, who earlier this year managed to score a video that was never meant to leave Nokia’s intranet. Said video had Joe Belfiore, Vice President of Windows Phone, talking about things like support for NFC, high resolution screens, dual core processors, “app to app sharing”, a new version of Internet Explorer, advanced data encryption, and so on and so forth. Until we have an official press release from Microsoft, Pocketnow’s summary of that video is all we have.
But, and this is a big but, in the six months we’ll likely see the next version of Android, the next version of iOS, the Samsung Galaxy S III, and the iPhone 5. At some point you just have to bite the bullet and buy something, otherwise you’ll be waiting forever for the next best thing.