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Microsoft developing two 3D Touch smartphones?

Sam Loveridge

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Microsoft is apparently developing two smartphones that will take advantage of its 3D Touch functionality.

The company has been developing 3D Touch technology for quite some time, which will use Kinect-like motional detecting features to let you navigate your smartphone.

Rumour has it that Microsoft has plans to introduce 3D Touch for Windows Phone later this year, and now the latest report states that the company has two 3D Touch devices up its sleeves.

According to NeoWin, the first device to feature the gesturing technology will be the flagship Microsoft McLaren, which is the current codename anyway.

The McLaren will allegedly feature a 5.2-inch display, either with a full 1080p HD or QHD 2560 x 1440p resolution. It will also offer 64GB of internal storage, but other options may become available at launch.

This phone will be the successor to the Nokia Lumia 1020, so we should see another powerful camera feature in this 2014 flagship too.

Along with this phone, the report states a larger 6-inch handset will also feature the 3D Touch functionality.

This could be the successor to the Nokia Lumia 1520, but there’s no word as to what specs it could offer apart from that 6-inch display.

Hopefully Microsoft will be able to use the 3D Touch technology, which is demoed in the video below, to differentiate its high-end phones from the competition.

Using the technology you could be able to answer calls just by holding your phone to your ear, enable speakerphone by placing your phone on a table mid-call or even hang-up by shoving your phone in your pocket.

According to previous rumours, Microsoft’s aim for 3D Touch technology is to make device interactions as simple as possible. Microsoft even went as far as to say it would “remove buttons like the power button, so phone owners can simply grip their device to power it on.”

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Everlast

July 7, 2014, 4:43 pm

They still haven't fully figured out 2D and already moving to 3 dimensions. Sounds like another disaster for MS

Tim Sutton

July 8, 2014, 8:50 am

MS are doing a great job with WP, what are you talking about?

Windows Phone's share of the market grew 119% year on year, and as integration with desktop Windows grows that number will only increase.

Everlast

July 8, 2014, 4:32 pm

Which part of market share under 5% can be identified as "great job" ?!?

After throwing few $B / year for the last few years this market share is hardly any success. Only through the Nokia WP exclusivity deal they were putting $2 billion / year, before they bought them for $5B.

I don't know what data are you looking at but they lost MS Q1 2023 to Q1 2014.
http://www.idc.com/prodserv/sm...

Everlast

July 8, 2014, 4:35 pm

Some of the latest data I could find
http://bgr.com/2014/07/01/wind...

Tim Sutton

July 8, 2014, 5:54 pm

If you actually read the second link you posted you'd see it finished with a reported 8.9% increase for WP market share.

The first article is frankly odd, whoever wrote it is.. misguided at best, frothing at the mouth mental at worst.

Figures that include feature phones (IE, the complete sales figures) show I am exactly right, to a degree even I find surprising:

http://www.theinquirer.net/inq...

Due to enterprise and governmental needs (OS integration and efficiency in IT support and workers mobile working needs) it's inevitable that as WP becomes more and more seamlessly linked to Windows it will overtake IOS and Android in usage. Windows 10 will almost certainly run on both desktop and phone, and that's game over.

It's going to happen anyway... so it's lucky for us that WP is the nicest to use of all the mobile OS options.

Everlast

July 9, 2014, 1:03 pm

The problem is that Microsoft doesent release any sales figures. as a result all these articles use whatever data they can get their hands on and the resulting figures range between 2% and 8%.
I am more inclined to think that WP share is about the lower figure, because otherwise MS would be all over the media with the figures!

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