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Microsoft's "McLaren" Windows Phone device to come with Kinect-like gesture controls?

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Just a few days ago, we heard rumors that Microsoft's next Windows Phone flagship, codenamed "McLaren", is coming to Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile this fall. It is speculated that the device will be a successor to the Nokia Lumia 1020 and will also come with a spectacular camera.

The latest rumors around this mysterious device also suggest that Redmond will be implementing a 3D Touch system in the "McLaren". 3D Touch works in a similar way to Microsoft's Kinect and allows users to interact with the device without touching its screen. The rumor mill also says that this technology will remain exclusive to Microsoft's devices and won't grace the Windows Phone-powered devices of other manufacturers.

According to the rumors, Nokia has been working on this 3D Touch technology for many years. It is said that 3D Touch will make use of numerous hardware sensors and will allow users to answer calls by holding the ringing phone to their ears, enabling the loudspeaker by placing the device on a flat service, hang up by putting it in their pockets, or even muting the microphone when they place it onto their chests. But that's just the tip of the iceberg here, folks.

Microsoft intends to get rid of hardware buttons

See, it is said that Microsoft is trying to ditch hardware buttons altogether. According to the rumors, a 3D Touch-enabled smartphone will only power on itself if its sensors detect that you are holding it. Additionally, the sides of the phone will also allow the user to interact with the device – for example, you will be able to zoom by swiping and dragging your fingers on the sides of the phone while you are taking pictures. The device will also sense exactly how you are holding it and it will adjust the display's orientation accordingly.

Reportedly, Microsoft's 3D Touch will also allow users to interact with Windows Phone's Live Tiles by hovering above them. This way, a number of additional Tiles that are relevant to the Live Tile that has been initially hovered upon will appear. All in all, it is said that this feature could be similar to the MixView in Microsoft's Zune desktop software.

Although we've seen certain functionalities in a number of devices before (Samsung's motion gesture controls, for example), it will be rather curious to see Microsoft's 3D Touch in action. If the rumors hold water, of course. We can only wait.

source: The Verge via WMPowerUser, Neowin

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posted on 09 Jun 2014, 09:41 1

1. Scott93274 (Posts: 1353; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Yeah... Samsung tried that feature a year or two ago... I don't think anyone really cared.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 09:44

3. sgodsell (Posts: 1437; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


It works quite well. On the S4 and S5 while looking at your photos, you can just wave your hand to go through your photos. You can use you hand while browsing as well.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 09:51

6. sgodsell (Posts: 1437; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I should also note the the new Amazon smartphone that is coming out will have something like this as well. Only it will be using your eyes. Something like smart stay and smart scroll on Samsung. Only the new Amazon phone is suppose to go further.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 09:47 8

4. fouadqr (Posts: 315; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


LOL Shamesung features just sux u need to wave at least 5 times on ur front facing camera to finally do what u want !
software company "MS" + hardware company " NOKIA" will make all of the touchless features better and better

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 09:55 1

7. sgodsell (Posts: 1437; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I have both the S4 and S5. It works for me. When McLaren comes out next year. Then we will see.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 09:50 3

5. sip1995 (Posts: 943; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


That was a front camera trick......Nokia won't use this trick....they'll the touch panel.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 10:07 8

11. x_maly_x (Posts: 69; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


Sssamsung??? One year eearlier NOKIA has this feature in Nokia N9 . Slamdong is thief of ideas...

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 12:58 1

21. shuaibhere (Posts: 1676; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Motorola made first phone OMG...nokia and others copied that...it's crime...
And samsung made first phone with mp3...OMG ...almost every phone copied that....

So by your logic who is copying know???

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 13:45 2

26. arenanew (Posts: 217; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


chennai is most waste team led by poor culprit member shut ur mouth

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 14:47

27. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


lol I think he's still a bit hurt over the thrashing Punjab gave his team this season. THREE OUT OF THREE. :P

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 22:51

32. shuaibhere (Posts: 1676; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Still it doesn't change the fact that CHENNAI is the most successful IPL team...
We won it 3-0 against our arch rivals mumbai....so nothing to worry...
No team has success rate over 60 other than chennai....

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 15:46

28. x_maly_x (Posts: 69; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


I hope you IQ i is sufficient to understand the difference between the theft of ideas and exploitation of patents and paying for it...

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 22:52

33. shuaibhere (Posts: 1676; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


No one is paying motorola...what the deserve...
And samsung too...

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 09:43 9

2. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


A Windows Phone with Kinect? MS, shut up and take my money NOW!

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 17:02

30. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


I can now play Just Dance 4!?

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 10:01 4

8. quakan (Posts: 1223; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Air gestures aren't really needed when the device you're interacting with is already being held in your hands.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 11:21 3

15. elitewolverine (Posts: 2068; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Or qhd or 1080p for a device so close to the face. Or gestures like removing phone from ear and the display turns on (current phones do this), yea i mean our finger can press the power right. Or how about talking? I mean why have the phones listen when we can type?

I could name a few uses for this myself. Sure most would be gimmicky, but in reality i have used the hands free swipe gesture of a surface before while in a kitchen...

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 12:19

20. Beijendorf (Posts: 327; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Have you never wanted the ability to get tool-tips when browsing, similar to hovering with the mouse over an object? This has been impossible on touch-based devices so far.

And have you never wanted a deeper interaction with your phone than tapping on buttons? This would allow you to interact in a 3D-space with your device.

And this isn't just about 3D touch, it's about the next step in the "smart" part of the "smartphone". It'd sense how your interacting with it and ensure it does the best job of doing what you want. It'd sense what you're doing to it and adapt accordingly.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 10:01

9. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3315; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Kinect is utter bullshi*. Even on the Xbox it SUCKS. How about on a phone then?

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 11:24 4

16. elitewolverine (Posts: 2068; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I use it all the time.

It has come in huge help with a kid we have with disabilities and when my 2yr old decides to hide the remote and i am to lazy to find it. Sound, wave, bam done.

I use it probably more than my controller, except for the actual game itself like bf4 or titanfall etc. But when i can come into my room, say xbox, recent, netflix, play 1, etc... all while i sit down grabbing popcorn and getting the kids going into places. So much better than a remote.

See opinions on both sides matter, it is situations like mine that make me glad i have an xbox.

How would i use it for a phone? I could think of a few, mainly to do with my kid, but still is fun and unique.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 11:35

17. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3315; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Well voice control is a different thing. Yes I know in Xbox it's connected to the kinect system, but those voice controls could be done with anything. After all, kinect was supposed to be a new way to play games. But unfortunately the games on it suck hard. I know there are many uses for kinect like devices in surgeries for example, but for gaming it's just plain horrible.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 11:51 1

18. elitewolverine (Posts: 2068; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I dont just use the voice, i use the gestures as well. For 'hardcore' games i dont.

But i have other games that are used weekly by other members of my family including the 4 kids get a huge kick out of it.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 12:04

19. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3315; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


For smaller kids it might be fun yes, but the games are so badly made. Just dance for example, it's enough to move just one of your hands to get maximum points (in most cases). And it really sucks because with kinect they could have easily made the controls more accurate. Now it's basically the same as playing with a Wii remote just without the remote in your hand.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 13:27

24. elitewolverine (Posts: 2068; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I could sit down with a Wii remote and do dance, not so with connect. Super accurate? No but enough that sitting on a couch won't net you anything.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 13:35

25. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3315; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Actually, I've played just dance on kinect while sitting on the couch. And got decent points.

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 07:22

36. elitewolverine (Posts: 2068; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Then you were trying hard cause mine wouldn't allow it, it knew I was sitting and not standing but I am sure at some point I could probably get it to do it. But if you're going to do that the game was not for you to begin with, imo. That includes the Wii version.

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 07:29

37. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3315; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I just wanted to try if it works. I don't actually play it while sitting.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 10:04

10. Jinto (Posts: 410; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


Do you have an Xbox (with Kinect)?

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 11:10

13. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3315; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Were you talking to me?

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 10:54 1

12. shyguy3763 (Posts: 49; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)


I hope this phone is coming to Sprint also!

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 11:21

14. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1054; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Ugh Microsoft phone rumors are the worst... We'll hear about new leaks and rumors everyday for the next year only for this thing to never surface.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 13:21

22. shuaibhere (Posts: 1676; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


If you're talking about surface phone rumours last year...you're wrong...
This is not that thing....
now that microsoft has bought nokia..
This will be first nokia phone under MS...

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 13:25

23. elitewolverine (Posts: 2068; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


They probably axed ot because of Nokia. Not to mention it was probably the surface mini that was now put on hold.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 16:04 2

29. rsiders (Posts: 311; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


First of all, a coveted flagship from Microsoft/Nokia to hit three major US carriers. Second of all, I'm betting this tech will be pretty cool. Third of all, it's a November release or I'm gone over to Android. I believe I've waited long enough for a true flagship with at least 32gb or the ability to expand storage to come to T-Mobile. They can take my money now.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 20:55

31. -box- (Posts: 3878; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I know how you feel. My 925 is still wonderful, but I'd love more storage than the paltry 16GB non-expandable, an even better camera like the 1520 and 930, and perhaps a Xenon flash like the 1520.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 07:19

34. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1162; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


xenon flash like the 1020 you mean

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 16:24

35. rsiders (Posts: 311; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Xenon flash like the 1020 and the 928. But the 925 was the equivalent to watching football and seeing a wide receiver catch the game winning pass as time expires and then he drops it. I got super excited like "finally we got one" and then I saw the spec sheet and then I was like "dang, we almost had one".lol I came from the 16gb HTC Titan and I knew 32gb of storage without an sd slot was the minimum I could do. But looks like this will change this year.

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 13:35

38. NOLATechy (Posts: 17; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)


This is NEW technology folks. This is FAR better than Kinect by itself. Far better than some Samsungs cheap camera trick, or even better than what Amazon is currently working on. This will be a COMBINATION of camera and sensor training technology. Microsoft is the ONLY company that will be able to utilize this technology as they control the patents on it. Others will try to develop similar features, but none will be able to work as well because they cannot use this technology. This is something that Nokia has been working on for the past several years. Microsoft obtained all the patents on this when they purchased Nokia. So, Microsoft if combining Nokia's (now Microsoft's) patented technology with Microsoft's Kinect patented technology to create a user interface that has NEVER been seen or created before. You CANNOT compare what is coming with anything that exists today, because there currently is NOTHING like it that exists today. I have been doing extensive research into this subject and everything that I have learned so far tells me that when this new phone is released on multiple networks, it will be THE game changer for Microsoft. This phone will have the potential to be the highest demanded smart phone since Apple released the iPhone 5 because when this phone is released there will be NOTHING ELSE like it anywhere and EVERYONE will want this feature!

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