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Microsoft worked on a Surface Phone?

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Microsoft worked on a Surface Phone?
While we told you on Friday that Nokia had tested Android powered handsets before accepting the acquisition offer from Microsoft, word came out on Friday about another interesting matter involving Nokia and the giant software company. It seems that Microsoft had produced prototypes of a Microsoft Surface Phone. A published report stated that Microsoft was testing the Surface Phone at the same time that Nokia was checking out a Nokia Android flavored model.

According to those in the know, Terry Myerson was in charge of the Surface Phone. Myerson, who looks after Windows, Windows Phone and the Xbox operating systems, led Microsoft in the production of various prototypes of the device. The prototypes were apparently created just in case Nokia decided to switch sides or back off from the deal with Microsoft. With Nokia controlling 80% of the platform, Microsoft could have been in trouble had the Finnish based handset manufacturer decided to give Android a go. And Nokia was getting increasingly upset with Redmond's desire to push the low end of the market.

Nokia was said to be ready to fork Android, similar to what Amazon did with its tablets, and release a low spec'd Android handset in 2014.  But once the deal closes and Nokia's handset business belongs to Microsoft, we don't expect anymore attempts at a Nokia built Android handset or a Microsoft Surface Phone.

source: TheVerge via SlashGear

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posted on 13 Sep 2013, 23:55 5

1. amansingal14 (Posts: 286; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


3 years and we may once again see the original Nokia back, the one that owns the NSN... Oh I wish that Nokia cones back with an Android bang...

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 01:04 14

6. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 762; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


If Nokia made a Android phone with
4.7 inch 1080p clear black display + supersensitive touch
quad core processor
41mp pure view camera
a Nokia ui close to stock ui
Nokia maps service
and remember Nokia can put all skill to that phone unlike WP which is limited to MS restrictions.

I think it will sell more than current Lumia.
now its all just dreams we all should get use to MS & Nokia.

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 02:06

12. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1812; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


So this would have been, a vanilla wp8 phone?

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 03:34 1

13. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 762; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


What you mean ???

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 11:10 1

17. akki20892 (Posts: 3419; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


U get my profile picture dude. We just want to see same phone like my profile picture have.

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 06:08 1

14. volcano (Posts: 252; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


nope you won't everything about nokia smartphones, hardware and services devision moved to microsoft including 32000 skilled nokia employees

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 12:03

18. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Not everything. Look up "newkia."

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 12:48

19. volcano (Posts: 252; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


I said "Skilled nokia employees"
members of newkia wasn't worthy enough to keep

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 13:09

20. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Please don't insult people you know nothing about.

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 21:27

22. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 962; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


most likely scenario nokia comes gives a piggy back to jolla and newkia and then welcome to the market !

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 00:01

2. promise7 (Posts: 398; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


if it looked similar to the surface tablet i think it would have been pretty nice. i think the surface tab looks similar to the ubuntu edge.

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 00:29 3

3. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


No need for one. Every lumia phone is a surface phone ;-)

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 00:48 1

4. Danishs (Posts: 147; Member since: 23 May 2013)


This would be amazing. If Microsoft made a Nexus like device but from them. Off contract and cheap but they release it with a major overhaul of windows phone. Surface Phone ftw

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 00:54 12

5. woodwong (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 May 2013)


what a cute couple cheated on each other and end up getting married

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 01:05 8

7. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 762; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Ha ha ha nice one dude
Hope they get divorced soon Lol....

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 01:52 1

10. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


If they devorce soon. Nokia will be doomed..

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 01:11 1

8. Kishin (Posts: 598; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Should we be expecting MS surface phone soon??

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 01:17 1

9. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 762; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


It would be cool if is like a nexus phone by google.
impressive specs + affordable price tag.

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 01:53 1

11. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


This.. ^

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 06:12

15. volcano (Posts: 252; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


i was looking forward for a surface phone in the future we will get a mix of surface and lumia smartphones a mix of two giants MS and Nokia in one product its going to be epic
hardware and software

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 08:49

16. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


At the end of the day ... with a partner like MS Nokia needed no other enemy. Embrace, Extend and Exterminate -- typical M$ game.

Way back M$ screwed RAVANTIVIRUS because they were the cheapest and best AV for LINUX servers. That time CLAMAV was in infancy and early beta if i recall correctly. Thanks that clamav picked up after that and that's free ...

What did the company that owned the IP of RAVANTIVIRUS do with he money?
Well, they were smart enough .. they came out with MS Exchange alternative -- AXIGEN -- and maybe now waiting for another buyout :)

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 19:59

21. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6381; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QU2Np-t9foM remember when MS have their oldie Windows 7 prototype phone from three years ago?

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