Windows Phone 8

Microsoft has promised that Windows Phone 8 will launch by the end of the year and, from what we’ve seen, it looks like the company is still on track. Samsung recently announced its first Windows Phone 8 device and Nokia followed up with the introduction of the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920. However, a new report from The Verge Tuesday suggests that Microsoft still hasn’t finished its next iteration of Windows Phone.

That’s bad news for manufacturers, which will need the final build before they can begin shipping products to retailers. Microsoft reportedly originally had plans to push Windows Phone 8 to consumers before it launches Windows 8 on Oct. 26. However, that date has been pushed back to Oct 29, The Verge said. The first Windows Phone 8 devices are now expected to hit the market during November. That’s still in time for the holiday season, thankfully.

So what caused the delay? Allegedly, Microsoft is still trying to iron out bugs in the software. The Verge said HTC was affected by Microsoft’s delays, which is one reason the company has been mum so far on what it will offer for the new platform. As a result of Microsoft’s delays, manufacturers may be forced to push devices out with the vanilla version of Windows Phone 8 installed and without any custom features.

Worse, the phone makers haven’t been able to show anyone just how well the operating system performs yet, mainly because the final version isn’t on the phones. Microsoft could push the final build this week, so hopefully all of that changes soon.

[via The Verge]