It appears that Microsoft is planning to launch a counter-attack to Google Android’s smartphones. It has been rumored that several manufacturers, including HTC and Samsung, are waiting for the arrival of Windows Phone 8 so that they can finally produce devices based on the new Windows Phone platform. Windows Phone Life’s Michael Blake said that he received an email from a trusted source who gave him a tip about Samsung’s plans for its first Windows Phone 8 device.

Samsung’s first Windows Phone 8 smartphone will be named Samsung Focus II, Michael wrote. It also seems that Samsung will use the Galaxy S3’s hardware and design as the basis for the Focus II. “My source tells me that because of the drastic changes in the Windows Phone 8 OS, Samsung will be able to use the Galaxy S III’s faster processor, bigger and higher resolution display and of course, LTE, which will make swapping over specs into a Windows Phone device,” Blake said.

The alleged features of the Focus II are the following: 4.7-inch HD display, 12 megapixel rear-facing camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, NFC capabilities, LTE support, faster dual-core processor, improved photo studio, Samsung Cloud Support and a dedicated camera button. It is important to note that this is a rumor and Blake’s statement has yet to be confirmed. Nevertheless, if this indeed true, then the first Windows Phone 8 device will be a real Android killer.

In some ways, smartphone are becoming like laptops: the same hardware will be able to run with different operating systems, and it is only the normal evolution of smartphones, which are after all, computers.

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