Early reports on the availability of Windows Phone Mango, the next version of Microsoft's mobile operating system, have indicated that some HTC smartphones in Taiwan have already tested the update, yet Microsoft says that we should wait a little longer for it to arrive.
The update is almost here, yet it will take at least another week before it arrives, the Redmond-based software giant explains, without offering a firmer release date for it.
A tweet from Microsoft's Joe Belfiore was meant to put all the possible rumors on the release date of Mango to a rest: “9/15 isn't mango day, that was another rumor, folks. We've been saying 'fall'... it's not fall yet!”
The fall, however, should kick off on the North American continent no later than next Friday, and more info on the matter might become available at that time.
The general consensus, however, is that the update will arrive on devices in the very near future, and wireless carriers around the world are already preparing for its release.
We already learned that Australian carriers like Vodafone and Telstra were already prepared for Mango's arrival, and it appears that European carriers are ready for it as well.
In a recent tweet, O2 UK confirmed that the software update was near, though the wireless carrier was unable to offer a more specific availability date.
Even so, the fact that carriers in more countries are getting ready for the release of Mango suggests that Microsoft might be considering making it available simultaneously around the world, which, in the end, should not come too much as a surprise, that's for sure.
Previously, the company took a similar approach with software updates for the new Windows Phone operating system, and it was only natural for it to make the move with Mango as well.
What remains to be seen, however, is whether the company will deliver the update over-the-air, or it will choose to push it via Windows PCs, as it did before. Stay tuned for more on this.