Microsoft's rumored McLaren 3D Touch-enabled device might have been canceled, too

Microsoft's rumored McLaren 3D Touch-enabled device might have been canceled, too
Do you remember the batch of rumors that Microsoft's next Windows Phone flagship, codenamed “McLaren”, might come with a curious, Kinect-like gesture input technology, dubbed 3D Touch? Well, if you have been moderately excited about it, don't get your hopes up too much. The rumor mill states that said device might not see the light of day at all. Why? Well, as a part of its recent upheaval, Redmond might have canceled the purported McLaren device. The device was allegedly due out this fall.

Yesterday, it became clear that Microsoft will be revamping some of its Android-powered devices from the Nokia X family to Windows Phone ones. What's more, the tech giant is also said to cease to support and development of Nokia Asha/Nokia Series 40 devices in the foreseeable future. While Microsoft's cuts most probably aim to slim down the fragmentation of its product line, so that the company could focus on the Windows Phone ones, the reasons behind the rumored freezing of the McLaren project are pretty vague. After all, if a Windows Phone flagship indeed comes with such a feature later this year, Redmond might bring more bacon home, as it will surely distinguish the device from its worthy iOS and Android contenders.

Still, this doesn't mean that Microsoft won't announce a 3DTouch-enabled device sometime in the future (provided that the rumors regarding the McLaren were true in the first place, that is). Reportedly, the Kinect-like technology has been developed by Nokia for a number of years. After the Nokia-Microsoft merger, 3D Touch reportedly arrived at Redmond's research labs.

Maybe some of the 18,000 workers that Microsoft is about to lay off were working on the McLaren? Only time will tell.

source: WPCentral via Neowin

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37 Comments

1. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I don't think they cancelled it, they just delay it for next year....

37. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Microsoft starting to understand that high end WP device not sold. People with lots of cash buying android and iOS phone.

3. rkoforever90

Posts: 459; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

why cant they just cancel windowsphone, that will make things a lot easier

4. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

R I P WP

8. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

The IS is growing more than ever before why don't you take your stupidity elsewhere.

16. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Lmao Yeah at Stagnant 4%

29. sgodsell

Posts: 7430; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Please stop that crap about growing more then ever before. In Q1 2014 7.6 million WP devices sold (2.7% market share). That's down from Q4 2013 with 8.8 million WP devices. Which is down once again from Q3 2013 with 9.5 million WP devices. Android has never seen a drop, ever. Its always increased its sales globally every quarter. Go to IDC and check out the stats.

33. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Where do you get your info about Android have never seen a drop, why lie, also the smartphone game is a marathon not a sprint, you keep looking at quarterly shares YOY WP keeps growing, last year over 33 million devices were sold. Look at the big picture , keep up.

30. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Windows Phone is LOSING market share. Instead of asking everyone about how much money Google/Samsung/Apple/Whoever is paying everyone here, the real question is how much are YOU and the five or so other circus acts posting on here on Microsoft's payroll for? And, for the record, MS was nothing without Nokia in the mobile business, not the other way around as previously believed.

34. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Tell us YOY how WP has been losing share, each year it gets bigger, Android trolls day in day out, sad to see.

6. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Why would they cancel the trend setting OS that Android and iOS is mimicking visually?. Such a stupid comment to make.

10. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

WP 8.1 is basicly just adding features that have been on iOS and Android for ages. WP has influenced iOS and Android, but calling it copying is stupid.

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

WinMobile had lots of features, win7 was reboot and win8 added them because android notification huggers needed it. I use notification for one thing, internet sharing everthing else is live tiles all the same. Not calling it use less but to me notification center is meh for my uses. On all platforms.

35. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

What those features were already on Windows mobile besides you naysayers and also other fans were asking for WP to adopt those features. No one requested Android and iOS add WP UI to their OS they did it out of admiration.

9. Trolloftheyear

Posts: 66; Member since: Jul 16, 2014

Please fire that eflop MS. I don't want you to suffer like Nokia. I don't care if it has anything to do with eflop but if that mole stays, you will only suffer.

19. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

And the Troll of the year award goes to... oh wait...

31. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

You, ashram.

32. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Lmfao +1 CorporateJP

17. Bondurant

Posts: 784; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

I prefer Microsoft innovate rather than go the same line of pointless heart sensor or simply throw super high specs that will never be used in real world and which the Chinese phones will beat them on anyway.

18. Jehovah

Posts: 69; Member since: Jun 25, 2013

God damn it! Just give a better camera than the 1020, mounted at a 1520/930 chassi and all will be fine with me.

21. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

The L1030 should be out soon....?

26. Jehovah

Posts: 69; Member since: Jun 25, 2013

By the way, I would gladly trade all this 3D gimmick for a snapdragon 801 5" waterproof 1020 successor. Just a bit faster camera would suffice.

27. Penny

Posts: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I understand that the entry-level smartphone market is where Microsoft is seeing some success, but they NEED to maintain consumer interest in high-end smartphones too. Without interest in the high-end market, there will be little desire for the lower-end market as well. People want what is popular, what is desired by others.

36. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Ain't that a kick in the teeth. Seems like MS is imploding.

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