Not likely to see any new Windows Phone devices at MWC 2014

Not likely to see any new Windows Phone devices at MWC 2014
It looks like we might not be seeing much of anything new on the Windows Phone front at MWC 2014. The rumor mill about new Nokia Windows Phone devices has been sporadic at best (aside from the Android flavored X), and the Samsung “Huron” is expected to be a Verizon exclusive, so a debut in Barcelona is a bit out of focue.  Microsoft’s activity instead may be geared towards whetting the palate for //Build/ 2014 in April.

That is not to say we will not see a lack of presence from Windows Phone or Nokia or Samsung, but it seems more likely that with the expected formal announcement of Windows Phone 8.1 in just a couple months, it stands to reason that Microsoft may be keeping exciting new announcements close to the vest for the time being.  Also, it bolsters Microsoft's announcement when there is brand new hardware on hand to show everything off (just like when Windows Phone 8 was announced).

Of course, momentum is critical to maintaining growth for the platform, which, while robust, remains a far away third to Android and iOS.   If we do not see anything new on the Windows Phone front in Barcelona it will not be the end of the world. There was nothing new at CES either, and Nokia generated a lot of buzz in Abu Dhabi at Nokia World last October.

With that in mind, we will keep our expectations dialed down a bit for Windows Phone. If there is a surprise development, then we will be on top of it of course. We suspect we will have our hands full just the same.

sources: Recode via WMPoweruser

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16 Comments

1. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Its actually a smart thing to do then start flooding the market with new devices from Build 2014 and beyond, why release new material now to just get drowned out by Samsung GS5?, HTC will suffer that fate to a certain degree.

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Good point. I like the timing Nokia (Lumia 1020) chooses about July with is a pretty dry period for mobile releases and does not conflict with either Samsung or Apple. Xperia Z and HTC One were successful to certain degree because of their timing. Releasing products with Samsung or Apple kinda affects your device to gain marketing traction

2. X.E.R.O. unregistered

'Know Your Mobile' claims a Lumia 930 set for MWC.

4. Maxwell.R

Posts: 218; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

That report is based of a twitter feed that is still rather new to the scene. If the report is wrong, it's wrong. Microsoft will make a bigger splash at its own event in April than it will trying to upstage Samsung.

5. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Good for the consumers.

6. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

psssssh i couldnt care less about hardware give me that update!!!!

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

No more cartoon ux phones atleast for a month

13. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

No, the Galaxy S5 is expected to be there.

8. Arsen

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

I wanna see an International Version of the Lumia Icon even though it looks like a brick. A 1520 specs in a 5inch phone is really a good thing.

9. SAO101789

Posts: 123; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

+1 Arsen, I hope so. I'm looking into the next 1020 model

10. SAO101789

Posts: 123; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

Bring on the next camera flagship Nokia!! Make me ditch my iphone for something more productive for my future macbook and tablet (Surface or ipad mini)

11. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Like I said.........

12. X.E.R.O. unregistered

...WP is awesome?

14. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Well, yeah.. Of course WP is awesome.. You love it so much.. But, I was talking about how there won't be any new Lumia devices at MWC... Θ_Θ

16. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Hey rodneyej1, i was wondering what device you rock? xd I'm currently using a 920, Cyan ofcourse lol :p But i'm planning on buying the 1520 in white, i can't wait for it :( And it will be a hell of a pain to leave the 920 :(

15. shyguy3763

Posts: 52; Member since: Oct 27, 2013

I'm not too happy about this,who's gonna wait till July to see new windows phones? I WANNA UPGRADE,NOW! :(

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