Lumia continues to die out as Microsoft ditches Highlights app


As a Nokia-branded Android Nougat-powered handset struts its stuff on Geekbench, the days when the Finnish firm's Lumia devices were somewhat thriving seem a distant memory. Having shifted its devices and services division over to Microsoft in 2014, the Lumia brand naturally went along with it. In recent times, it's become apparent that Redmond may be phasing out Lumia entirely; last month the brand disappeared from the Microsoft online store while a lack of Lumia 950 XL warranty replacements in the U.K. only added fuel to the fire. Now, Microsoft has confirmed that its Lumia Highlights app will no longer be updated. 

Though we can't say for absolute certain that Lumia is on its way out, the growing dossier of evidence is compelling. The Lumia Highlights app, which allows Lumia users to discover tips, news and relevant info about their device, won't see any more updates. 

Those opening up the app are met with the following message:


With so many Lumia products being removed and abandoned, we're not holding our breath for any future handsets from this long-standing, well-recognized brand. Many will be hoping that the company's apparent shift in strategy may spawn the fabled Surface Phone series. There have also been rumors that the company could make like BlackBerry and stop making smartphones entirely. 

Whatever's in the company's plans, we'll keep you in the loop as we hear more.

FEATURED VIDEO

26 Comments

1. IosDroid

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

Sad. I had high hopes for WP when it came to the market with the hub concept and the innovative home screen. I guess it was just too late and the market was already split between the big two. Oh well...

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7574; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The innovative screen you can get on Android devices. Just download a WP launcher. No rooting required.

18. Foxgabanna unregistered

Shut up you have an android phone right now.

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7574; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Yeah, and over 80% of the world has Android as well. Now how many have Windows 10 mobile or WP. The sales last quarter were 2 million Windows 10 mobile/Windows Phone devices. In the same quarter over 300 million Android phones sold. Putting that aside there is a ton of development on the Android side, and next to nothing on Windows 10 mobile side. Also there is many WP tile launchers for Android, and to top it off you can get Microsoft apps as well on Android. Everything I said is 100% true.

2. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

So Highlights app wil not get updates anymore.........PA goes big Lumia continue to die! Haha how is that a fact? PA creating a lot of bs clickbait articles!

5. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 739; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

PA making BS clickbait articles? Do you even know how many Lumia win 10 users out there?

3. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Its absolutely amazing that the Lumia helped keep WP relevant, helped it increase market share. Now its all but gone thanks in part to MS phasing out the Nokia and Lumia name. What the hell are they doing at MS mobile??? Did they somehow think replacing the name Nokia with Microsoft was gonna help phone sales?? Many of us tried to tell folks brand recognition is a big thing. Nokia is more revered, respected in mobile phones than MS.

20. Wenbob

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

I just bought a Lumia because I am switching carriers and wanted to try Windows. Not only does my bank, PNC not have a Mobile app for Windows 10, The online banking systems has problems with the edge browser. I don't care about the mobile app. I don't even use the mobile app for Android. But it is sad that the Edge browser can't reliably use the Online banking. The biggest problem is that with Windows 10 still having problems, Microsoft is trying kill off usage of 8.1. Now I have to find out. If the Lumia 640 I just bought will run 8.1. This is a new 2016 copyright Cricket wireless from Best buy. There is no mention of 8.1 any where on the box. The inside flap does say with Windows 10 available via download. If the Windows 10 download is not mandatory then I use the phone to bank on line using IE. I have a Moto G 3rd gen that is very reliable but I keep selecting when I'm trying to scroll. I was pissed at Virgin mobile. They never put out the Android 6 update and other speed issues made me decide to switch carriers. I got the bright idea that maybe a Windows phone might go easier on my data plan than Android.i ordered the Lumia about 3 days ago I got an over the air update to Marshmallow the same day. I think I will check to be sure I can run 8.1 on this phone before I open the box. The more I check on the state of Windows 10, like the built-in key logger, the worst I feel. I wanted an alternative to the heavy handed Google Services. But it seems like Microsoft's focus is to out track Google not to provide stable software.

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Here comes the Surface Phone... BTW, still no review of HP Elite X3? Why? Too busy reviewing iPhones, eh? Oh well, G'Day!

6. rkoforever90

Posts: 475; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

what`s the point of expensive surface phones when there is hardly any app, windowsphone lumia`s are good backup phone thats it, it just cant compete with flagship coz of poor app support

8. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Ok people have to stop now with WM has no apps! This is just BS, ok a few apps are missing.......but don't make it general by saying that WM has no apps!

10. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

It's actually true. I've used Mango, WM, all Droid versions after ICS, iOS 3,4,7,8,9 and it's surprising that no app that you'd actually want/need is on the Windows Store. All you get is various third-party apps of which the majority don't work properly.

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7574; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Even Microsoft has been pouring into making their apps and services work with both Android and iOS. All the major banks dropped them, not to mention a number of others have pulled support for their WP/WM apps. When you do find an app, then it's usually an app that will bring up a companies website. The app ecosystem is a joke on WP/WM. Why do you think sales continue to drop for WM? If it had all the apps and services, then they would definitely be selling more.

13. iC-118

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

Wp has no apps and games. It's true. I had the the Lumia928, and sold it just because off no apps. Bloody pathetic. Though I loved the L928.

16. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Well SIGPRO (BTW, Your I.D reminds me of... Well, Resident Evil 2 on Playstation for 'some' reasons), WP do have a TON of apps, no doubt... But problem is quality and productivity... Twitter App for Windows Phone 8.1 hasn't been updated for God knows how many years... W10M though have an updated Twitter App but I'm quite reluctant to try W10M yet because of all that bugs... Waiting for the anniversary update to roll out on my 430 which might take a cold of months... Same goes to Facebook, Messenger, Skype and a few others... But lets not forget Project Islandwood, a tool for porting iOS Apps to Windows 10 Mobile as easily as possible... FB's Messenger on W10M is practically a "CLONE" of its iOS counterpart, which I'm not criticizing cause it isn't necessarily a bad thing but I'd have preferred an 'original' app... Anyhow, as I've stayed many times, Surface Phone will seal the fate of Windows Mobile... Will it sink or will it swim, it all boils down to The Surface Phone's success.... But considering the lukewarm reception of Blackberry's highly anticipated Priv, I'm not to hopeful, honestly... But whatever happens; Long live The Windows Mobile... Hail Windows! W'Day!

24. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Well Greenman you are really close about my id. It was the gun used by the UBCS merc's in Resident Evil 3. There is a app gap no doubt about it, but people should not say there are no apps.....which is not true. Indeed the quality of a lot of apps are not that good, but i think it will turn around. MS will not stop with Windows Mobile, they are in the business for 15 years now, long before Google and Apple! I think Windows Mobile, UWP, Continuum are the future! Bring the Surface phone......we are waiting MS.......we are waiting!

7. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Saying goodbye to 4 people?

17. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

More like 4 Millions... Who hate lag and lack of security of a 'certain' Smartphone OS... Who prefer a secure and fluid platform... #SmokedByWindowsPhone is still alive on Twitter, after all those years... #GoFigure And while you're at it... G'Day!

23. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

You mean #FUDByMS is still alive.

9. Pureviewuser1

Posts: 161; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

Looking forward to the surface phone

14. iC-118

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

Definitely. With Android like highend specs. Eagerly waiting.

15. johnh3

Posts: 147; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

eBay just killed their Windows Phone/Mobile app. I dont think it will be a Surface phone at all. I am not sure if Microsoft want to be in the hardware business in the long run. Seems it will not be a Microsoft band 3 either. And even if Surface Phone would arrive it would not solve the app gap issue.

19. Foxgabanna unregistered

I'm glad Windows Mobile is on it's way out. Apple will consume most of its customers.

22. sgodsell

Posts: 7574; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Some will go to Apple and some will go to Android. If users want the same look and feel as a Windows Mobile devices, then Android can offer that to them. Apple can only offer users the non adjustable simple icon view only. Not to mention they will get a much better selection of hardware, and much better pricing.

25. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Folks Windows 10 mobile smart phones are not DEAD at least 4 Windows 10 mobile smart phones that have the Continuum mode are in the market place. These smart phones are not made by Microsoft at all. The Microsoft Lumia smart phone brand is rumored to be retired and will probably replaced by the Microsoft designed "Surface" Brand smart phones which will be targeted to be sold to Businesses like the HP Elite X3 is sold to businesses However individual people will still be able to buy new "Surface" smart phone from the Microsoft online and Physical stores and perhaps from other sources

26. Pipandales

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 30, 2016

Now that Google assistant is going to be on newer phones probably starting next year our privacy is slowly going away. I was blown away to know Google stores user data indefinitely with allo so that police and government can access it anytime they want. Been using a Lumia 640 for over 7 months on the side and windows mobile is far more usable and stable since it launched, been an insider the whole time providing feedback and Microsoft listened for the most part. Edge browser is far superior now than when it launched. I have enjoyed windows mobile a lot and am thinking about getting a Nokia 1520 soon cause the 640 is a little slow. The apps doesn't really bother me cause the main ones are on there. Games run better on windows than android ive noticed with same hardware or even less. More and more UWP's are being made and they are awesome, I can do something or play a game on my phone then go to my comp and pick up where I left off. And security is horrible on android and always has been. I think windows phones are the most secure of all platforms and don't think that will change anytime soon. Also they don't data mine you to oblivion like Google and track your every action. I've been with Google for the last 5 years but I don't like where Google is going with all the invasion their new products are going to do like the new Google home and assistant baked in to phones listening to everything and storing it forever.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.