With all the news, views and opinions that tend to zing around the world of smartphones, it's always good to hear things from an official source.
So in case you were doubting a stream of recent product rumours involving the likes of Samsung and LG, Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer has directly promised that the second wave of Windows Phones will be with us by Christmas.
It's fair to say that whatever moderately warm reception Windows Phone 7 got when it was unveiled towards the end of the last year has long since dried up thanks to the complete lack of virtually any movement on the product front since then.
The original group of launch devices were at best seen as interesting route-markers – flawed in a good few ways but doing a good job of selling WinPho's potential.
But sales figures have been dipping alarmingly of late – and they weren't that high to begin with – and Microsoft now needs not only for the Mango update to be a major success, but also for a bunch of new phones to start hitting the market (and not just from new WinPho buddy Nokia) to get things back on track.
So maybe that's why Ballmer has decided to go public with a promise of just that. Speaking at the superbly named Imagination Cup 2011, Neowin quotes the Microsoft boss man as saying:
“Windows Phone. You know, a year ago we didn’t have a phone in the market. Now, we’re charging forward with Nokia. We have the second generation of our phones coming out this Christmas, and people are starting to do things they had never imagined before.”
We'll cut Steve off there, as the rest of his comments are just more tub-thumping pro-WP rhetoric. The main news is that product development is obviously at an advanced enough stage that Ballmer is comfortable talking about it in public. Now all he needs is for the reality to start living up to his rose-coloured descriptions.