One after the other the tech giant Microsoft is making unanticipated moves to revamp the companies overall structure. A few days back they announced their biggest ever job cut to lay off upto 18000 employees. Following the same, they decided to put and end to the production of Nokia X, an Android based smartphones family, and Asha series phones. And according to latest reports, the development of rumored 3D Touch smartphone ,code-named McLaren, will be cancelled by Microsoft. The news was published via Windows Phone Central.
McLaren, which originally popped up as ‘Goldfinger’, was rumored to be released in this fall. Microsoft was imperturbable to launch the all new 3D Gesture technology with their new to be released high end Windows Phone. But it seems they want to buy some more time so as to improve the technology and give their consumers the best product. If what the report says is correct then most probably McLaren will be released next year for the users.
McLaren, which is considered to be the follow-up phone for Lumia 1020, was to be released later this year with the Microsoft’s new 3D Gesture technology which is thought to be an innovation in gesture technology. The reports also indicated that Microsoft were to release the Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 with McLaren.
We still don’t much of the information about how the technology works but it is likely to be influenced by Kinect. The SDK version of Windows Phone 8.1 included the APIs for some features such as Mixview, Hover and 3D Touch – only available for the developers to test and run.
(Read about Windows Phone 8.1 Features)
Yet Another Gimmik?
WP Central’s Daniel Rubino says that the Microsoft’s development team couldn’t excatly explain the use of these gesture controls as something truly more than a gimmick, even after assessing the technology with the developers.
Here is what he says :
Although the idea of using touchless “3D” gestures to interact with a smartphone is enticing, the question of whether it is more than a gimmick constantly hounded the development process. Companies, including Samsung, had explored touchless gesture technology before but never to the level in which Microsoft took it. However, it seems that Microsoft was unable to move the project further to guarantee a consistent, workable, and usable consumer experience.
Interestingly, Microsoft and touchless gestures go back to 2008, meaning none of this is particularly new. However, this was the first time that Microsoft took the project all the way to the prototype phase, including making tentative deals with carriers to launch the phone this November. In fact, Nokia had initiated some advances in this area, including their “peek” function for Glance, which lets users turn on the display clock by hovering their hand over the display.
Although we see Microsoft still has a number of handsets code-names Tesla, Superman, Rock, and more,which are expected to be out in the market in few months, but none of them seems to be a flagship.
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