We didn't believe the rumours ourselves at first, but the first Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” handset, the Fujitsu IS12T, has genuinely been announced, a fair bit ahead of when we were expecting too.
Now comes the more exciting news that three of the mobile world's biggest contenders, HTC, LG and Samsung, are also lining up their Mango offerings, all of which could be launching as soon as next month.
Microsoft has never really given us a fixed date for when to expect its first serious Windows Phone update to land. We've had vague talk of sometime in “the autumn”, while some more conservative types have spoken about it arriving “by the end of the year”.
But if the latest rumours are true, we're talking next month, September, which is right at the most optimistic end of the scale – a rarity in today's world of delays and production issues.
According to DigiTimes, HTC, Samsung and LG are all getting set to launch their second-generation Windows Phone handsets next month. Details are a bit thin on the ground, but the Taiwanese paper does add that HTC's handsets will have displays running between 3.8in and a huge 4.7in, while the processor will be a 1.5GHz Qualcomm unit.
It also reckons that Nokia's debut Windows Phone handset will launch during the firm's Nokia World event in October.