We already heard in the Qualcomm Press briefing that Windows 8 was indeed in the works, now a The Verge has news from Microsoft staff that they are already prototypes in testing. Apparently early versions of a partner’s Windows Phone 8 device running a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4, or the MSM8960 are in action. We should expect “at least one” phone to have the combination sometime later in the year.
Qualcomm’s Rob Chandhok noted that the company’s relationship is still “strong” with Microsoft, and that it has been “amazed” by Microsoft’s use of the Snapdragon capabilities. When looking at who will be first to market with such a combination rumor has it that Sprint was supposedly interested enough in Windows Phone 8 that it was courting Nokia about the prospects of an LTE-based Windows Phone 8 device.
Windows Phone’s continual low market share has been blamed partly on Microsoft waiting as much as a year to integrate a Snapdragon chip in a Windows Phone update. Although the OS itself is speedy, the absence of 1080p video and other benefits of more recent processors has let Apple and Google walk away with the high-end part of the market.
Via The Verge