According to Microsoft’s Vice President of Greater China, the company is planning to roll out Windows Phone 7.8 to the region in the “coming weeks.” It’s unclear what affect this will have regarding potential timeframes here in the U.S. or the rest of the world, but most reports suggest we’ll see something arrive before the year is up.
Additionally, the Microsoft exec told a Beijing newspaper that Windows Phone 8 handsets would hit the Chinese market in December, with companies like Nokia, Samsung, HTC and Huawei all preparing to release a device. Other OEMs, such as ZTE and Lenovo, are expected to join the fray early next year.
Windows Phone 7.8 is no Windows Phone 8, but it’s certainly better than getting zilch. Users who download the impending update will get new features like a better start screen, and other small features from WP8.