A friend of mine still has a lot of hope for Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. He is absolutely certain that the mobile operating system from the Redmond-based company will see a big turnaround later this year, and that its adoption rate will see a generous uptick as a result. He "knows" all of this, despite the fact that he isn't using a Windows Phone at the moment. He's told me that's by design, though, as he's waiting for that turnaround before he makes the leap.

He's ready though. At least he says he is. I've known people in the past who've made the switch from one platform to another just to ultimately switch back, because the changes were too big from what they've grown accustomed to using over the years. Will that be the case for him when the time comes? Maybe. But for now he's excited for Microsoft's mobile future, and that has to count for something, right?

I can't say that I blame him. As I've said in the past, the potential that Microsoft has with Windows Phone is vast. The company is putting a real effort into combining all of their platforms as realistically as possible, so that your experience between your Xbox, Windows 8 computer, and Windows Phone 8 device is as seamless and feature-laden as possible. If you're a Windows user, this is something to get excited about. It's something to look forward to, when it does eventually turn into something worth using.

I asked him if he's interested in the Lumia 928, that device that has yet to be announced, but should see the light of day sometime this month. He told me that it's a great phone, in theory (because it's not official yet), but that he's still going to wait to pull the trigger on making the switch to Windows Phone. When I asked him why, he told me that hardware doesn't make a difference at this point.

The potential within Windows Phone isn't hardware related. It's all on the software side. The potential has to be unlocked there, before he'll ever seriously look at the phones.

Which got me thinking about the Lumia 928 a little bit more. As far as I'm concerned, the Lumia series of devices is Windows Phone's best family of devices. Nokia's efforts in these devices is second-to-none, and it looks like they're continuing that trend with the upcoming Lumia 928. If the rumors are true, that is. If they are, though, the Lumia 928 is shaping up to be quite an impressive device, especially if you're someone who takes your smartphone camera seriously.

First, let me just say that I think a high-end Lumia device on Verizon's network has the potential to light a fire under Windows Phone's you know what. If Verizon prices it aggressively, and markets it accordingly, there are a lot of subscribers under Verizon's umbrella that could be swayed to make the switch. Especially if the Lumia 928 is a thinner version of the 920, and with a better camera.

However, on the opposite side of the coin, I can't help but wonder if another piece of hardware is going to make a bit of difference right now. Yes, it will be good that Verizon has a pseudo-exclusive device like the 928, especially since I know there are a lot of Verizon customers out there who have been waiting for a high-end Lumia handset to land on their carrier. But will it be enough to make a noteworthy push in Nokia's direction? Or, for that matter, make a dent in the Windows Phone subscriber count?

For me, personally, I know that another Lumia device isn't going to make me switch right now. Why? Because I know that the Xbox LIVE experience in Windows Phone 8 still isn't all that great. It doesn't really give me anything more than what I can get on iOS, or Android. And, simply put, while applications like Spotify are indeed on Windows Phone, its functionality compared to the other platforms isn't where it needs to be quite yet for me to want to use it every single day.

Microsoft's hardware partners are obviously not going to stop making Windows Phone-based devices, and as long as they keep making handsets as impressive as the Lumia 920 (and potentially the Lumia 928), I don't think it will be hard to get plenty of people to switch. But it's still clear to me that Microsoft has to start tapping into that potential energy within the platform, before a large margin of users out there will be comfortable making the switch to the mobile OS.

But what do you think? Will Nokia releasing another high-end Lumia device make a big impact in Windows Phone subscribers? Are you planning on switching if the rumors of the Lumia 928 pan out? If not, why not? Let me know!

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Josh Reebel
Josh Reebel Nope. Wasn't last year when Windows Phone was supposed to take off like a rocket? Not to be offensive to any WP fans, but I don't remember it happening as some predicted. If WP works for you then I say that's great. But I don't think it appeals to people as much as the alternatives that are available.
Ben Bauer
Ben Bauer Hell yeah
Vicente Reyes
Vicente Reyes Maybe, but on at&t, so waiting for the next variant for my carrier, but for know I love my atrix HD
Brandon Johnson
Brandon Johnson Nokia can't do it alone, the problem windows phone faves in addition yo the glaring crap quality in the market is how few and far between new devices come out. They don't have a fan base like apple so they can't stroll along taking their sweet ass time when android is dropping several new phones a month, at this point even blackberry has made more new phones than windows this year.
Kevin Joel
Kevin Joel Got my 920
Dennis Catalano
Dennis Catalano I have a 920 and it is a great phone. I have switched to Windows Phone from Crackberry and like it so far. It does everything I want it to do and I have a bunch of Apps that work fine. I have to say I am not a heavy App user so I really don't know what I am missing by not being on iOS or Android.
Fabian Toti
Fabian Toti Hell no
Jeremy Nixon
Jeremy Nixon I'm a hardcore android user and I recently got the Lumia 810 just for kicks.. Windows has a beautiful OS but the app market sucks tremendously and they still have a lot of catching up to do with their OS.. but its a start. They do indeed have a lot of potential.. But still not enough to sway me away from android.. Only enough to spark curiosity.. And that's all it is for a majority.. Just curiosity.. Once they prove they have what it takes.. Which they are on TheVerge of doing.. Then more people will be apt to switch.. So right now.. Any move they make right now could be be a signal for a continuance of life.. Or certain death...
Michael Turner
Michael Turner I have a Nokia 610, which is not that great, but still a lot better than like priced Android phones, also the best thing about Windows phone, they do not just copy iPhone's like Android, but do they own thing.
John Agzarian
John Agzarian I love my 920
Julian Scott
Julian Scott Maybe
Nald Deeppath
Nald Deeppath Nokia is doing great ..., well just imagine if nokia is on android.., hehe..., see...,?! :) nokia is doing great..., :)
Monty Montasier
Monty Montasier I think Nokia is doing a good job with Lumia's just need to focus on apps development that's all, their designs are pretty awesome though
Adrian Salazar
Adrian Salazar Nah its just a matter of time before windows phone dies out and end up like web os
Anthony Evans
Anthony Evans nah like good phones
Nicholas StylishDemeanor Scafe
Nicholas StylishDemeanor Scafe Yes its going to..i am a nokia fan..regardless of what people say#
Patrick Campanale
Patrick Campanale If I was on verizon I totally would. But I'm on AT&T.. *rocks the 920*

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