That’s right, three of the biggest names in mobile phone technology may be engaged in a battle royale for market supremacy in the holiday quarter of 2012. Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8 last week, with several improvements over its predecessor, including multi-core CPU support.
While it has been reported that Windows Phone 8 upgrades will not be available on Nokia’s Lumia series, a lot of phones running on the new OS are expected to be launched in late 2012. These devices may include a new series of Nokia phones with improved features that should help the Finnish manufacturer compete with Apple and Android phone manufacturers.
In addition, Samsung’s successful Galaxy Note phablet may be followed up with the Galaxy Note 2 in the fall of 2012. The new Samsung phablet is expected to powered by the quad-core Exynos 4 processor found on the international Galaxy S3 variant. According to rumors, the Galaxy Note 2 will ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which OS is expected to be announced next week at Google I/O.
Finally, we have the new iPhone, aka the iPhone 5. Talk of a new design, larger screen and 4G LTE continues with months remaining before the new iPhone’s release, also slated for fall 2012. Apple is also expected to break existing records with their sixth-generation smartphone, which will run on iOS 6, the latest version of Apple’s operating system for mobile phones.