One reason that people may find it hard to fully make their mind up about whether the Lumia 920 and 820 will be a success, at least for the time being, is that there is so much we just don’t know about the devices still. Mostly, that’s because we have seen almost nothing of Windows Phone 8.
At the announcement on Wednesday, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore came out to tell us more about Windows Phone 8, or so we thought. Sadly, he spent about 15 minutes focused on the new start screen that was demoed back in July. He also talked about the new Lenses feature, which is pretty cool, and briefly mentioned the ability to take screenshots – bloggers everywhere will be pleased with that. However, we didn’t get the deep dive into the OS we hoped for when it was announced as a Nokia and Microsoft event. In fact, we didn’t get any dive into much of anything. Press attending the event complained that the hands-on was strictly monitored and restricted to the start screen.
Aside from that, there were features that Nokia didn’t explain or just glossed over. For example, maps, drive and transit were talked about but no part of the demo, except showing maps going to a augmented reality view. In addition, the Lumia 920 is now know to have rich recording, much like the 808 Pureview. but no mention of it in the presentation.
It seems in the end, the biggest thing that was missing for investors and commentators alike was a release date and price (See Samsung and Motorola in the last two week). However, I doubt Nokia will be the last company to do that year, and honestly, it was never going to be a case of “next week”. Windows 8 isn’t released until the end of October and it’s not hard to guess that Windows Phone 8 will be around the same time.
In the mean time, the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920 are announced. The new iPhone will be announced next week, and some HTC phones a week later. Maybe HTC will let Joe show of the live tiles again as well, or perhaps the new Wallet and mobile payment features. Until Microsoft really shows off Windows Phone 8 and 7.8, it will be hard to get too excited about the new OS, and to know if the update coming to existing Windows Phone’s is anything more than a Start screen.