Microsoft's 'McLaren' 3D Touch phone gets the chop

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Microsoft is making big cuts across its organisation this week with 18,000 employees being let go and the closing of Xbox Entertainment Studios. While today's revelation may not be directly tied to these cuts, they are slimming up the company's upcoming profile of Lumia devices.

According to sources close to the matter, Microsoft is said to be canceling its 3D Touch phone, codenamed McLaren. The feature was born inside the heart of Microsoft's research department but the goal of building it into a phone and shipping it later this year appears to be dead.

The canceling of this feature means that Microsoft's flagship phone for this fall is now off the table. While we suspect that they will be able to bump the specs of another device to take the flagship position, other than increased performance, it may not have a major differentiator like 3D Touch to distinguish itself in the market. As of now, we don't know of any flagships in the pipe for a fall release.

We should point out that 3D Touch is not dead - it is still very much alive inside of Microsoft, but only as an ongoing research project, rather than a product ready for release.

What is not known is that we had heard that Microsoft was working on at least two 3D touch devices, so are both devices dead? We do not know if this means the other device is dead too but we suspect that its future might be a bit bleak given this news.

Source: WPC

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The "flagship phones" allegedly coming this fall won't be able to be updated to WP9 in spring. More Lumia 900 bricks coming. Just go Android or iPhone. MS has no clue what it is doing and it's time to give up on them.

TechJunkie81 said,
The "flagship phones" allegedly coming this fall won't be able to be updated to WP9 in spring. More Lumia 900 bricks coming. Just go Android or iPhone. MS has no clue what it is doing and it's time to give up on them.

what nonsense are you speaking?

If I don't see a L1020 successor with all the bells and whistles this year, I'd be very disappointed. MS has already messed up a lot of things (hubs in wp, degrade working apps like music/games...)

It seems that MS is putting the ax to all consumer facing products, other than Xbox (and I'm starting to question that as of late)....

I find it quite amusing how everyone is crying and moaning over a non existing pre-production phone of which we do not even know whether it ever was even close to production ready. We were not even supposed to know of this phone

paulheu said,
I find it quite amusing how everyone is crying and moaning over a non existing pre-production phone of which we do not even know whether it ever was even close to production ready. We were not even supposed to know of this phone

What many people, myself included, are disappointed about is the lack of a worthy successor of the 920. I am not particularly interested in 3D, I am speaking in general terms because I do not know how MS planned to implemented it, but I would surely welcome Interactive and or Exploding tiles.

there are other phones coming, this was not the only phone, and nobody ever said that this phone was going to be released this year, too much whining, there will be a flagship high end device this fall, mid range and a few low range devices.

Cosmocronos said,

What many people, myself included, are disappointed about is the lack of a worthy successor of the 920.
The 930/icon is pretty much the successor to the 920 with improvements in just about any area. Better screen, more memory, much better CPU, latest OS version out of the box. What do you expect of a successor? I generally have a good laugh about people who measure the quality of a phone by whether or not it has the CPU which was released yesterday. It sure is shameful and you look like a total dud when your phone has a 6 month old CPU /S

paulheu said,
The 930/icon is pretty much the successor to the 920 with improvements in just about any area. Better screen, more memory, much better CPU, latest OS version out of the box. What do you expect of a successor? I generally have a good laugh about people who measure the quality of a phone by whether or not it has the CPU which was released yesterday. It sure is shameful and you look like a total dud when your phone has a 6 month old CPU /S

The 930 lacks Glance and SD card, something that the 1520 has. Furthermore, although this is just a matter of personal preferences, I do not like the mix of metal and polycarbonate. And yes, if I am going to pay around Euro 450 for a phone I expect a true new model, not a repackaged Icon.

They are in desperate need of a genuine flagship phone this fall. The 930 doesn't cut it (and isn't coming to AT&T anyway in the US). They need a 1030 equivalent, with stunning photos, and all the features that WP8.1 supports, and fully prepared for Threshold next year.

Honestly, I don't think I'll miss the 3D "touchless" gesture stuff. It always sounded like a gimmick to me that might be so annoying that after toying with it for a bit, I'd just turn it off.

But my contract is up this fall, and I want a new Windows phone on AT&T, and right now, there's nothing new... nothing better than my 920. The 930 doesn't even have my favorite feature: the "Glance" screen. COME ON!

Actually I liked this news. I myself am tired of gimmicks, Samsung has enough gimmicks followed by amazon. I would rather them focus on the core windows OS features and related services just like apple did.

Seems like MS is "trying" to keep people from embracing Windows Phone. This was the phone I was looking forward to replacing my Galaxy S4 with, now it's off the table? I don't care if they scrap the 3D touch part, but there has to be a flagship Windows Phone device shipping asap. The Icon being exclusive to Verizon means I'll never get it, because I won't switch to Verizon, and the 930 isn't even available in the US officially, so that's out too (I'm not paying $700 for it). I seriously don't want to be stuck with Android for another year or 2 (I can't see myself going back to the iPhone). This seriously sucks.

Ok fine... can you please launch a 1520 that supports the Surface Stylus and has the quick launch OneNote?!

That would be AWESOME!

This had Nadella, who wants to kill MS devices and have services sold onto iOS and Android written all over it. There are no WP8.1 devices that can push ahead of Android/Samsung, the 930 is a faster lighter 920 (without glance) but theirs no punch to it, it's a rebadged Icon that is 6 months old. In less than 12 month Nadella and Elop (perhaps Belfiore) will have a very large, very public spat that will shatter MS of this I'm sure.

I'm sorry, but 3D Touch is a ridiculous gimmick feature on a smartphone. I could probably see a few uses on a tablet or laptop, but on a phone it's no different than some of the stupid gimmicks Samsung dumped on some of their phones.

I'm going with you on this one, sure we've not seen it so it's all speculation but it does sound like a cheap gimmick. Do we need to hover our fingers over a phone when we can just touch it, it's not like Kinect that's attached to your TV, you already have your phone in your hands.

To me Nadella is bravely sweeping ship, canning wasteful resources and focussing on the core.

TheShark said,
To me Nadella is bravely sweeping ship, canning wasteful resources and focussing on the core.

It sure sounds that way. That's good though, Microsoft was trying to do too much at once, and failing everywhere.

MSFT has to stop releasing half baked crap and focus on some quality and full feature releases. The competition is ahead. Slowly lurking behind trying to play catching up does not cut it. They need a hit and build on it.

Good thing they stopped this project for production.

Uhh this crap is starting to suck, I love my Lumia 920 but I've had it for almost 2 years now and their isn't a really worthy upgrade right now for it.

So much for MS trying to innovate, these cuts are really starting to look to be way to wide spread and are killing off everything unique and different MS was trying.

My 920 contract is up in November, no way in hell I'll buy an outdated feature lacking 930 as a replacement, and without something amazing like McLaren or 1030, I might just give up all together on windows phone and go back to iPhone.

Microsoft seem to be trying to kill windows phone and Nokia... Nokia were the only company making windows phone worthwhile, and now they're gone it's back to Microsoft being uninspiring and too slow again.

They better release something soon. They can't possibly expect I'm going to keep waiting around with my 2yo L920.

If true this is really disappointing. I was looking to McLaren as a replacement for my 920; hopefully MS will launch a 1520 shrunk to 5".

Cosmocronos said,
If true this is really disappointing. I was looking to McLaren as a replacement for my 920; hopefully MS will launch a 1520 shrunk to 5".

The Lumia Icon/930 is essentially a 5" version of the Lumia 1520.

Figure 8 Dash said,

The Lumia Icon/930 is essentially a 5" version of the Lumia 1520.

Indeed, but the Verizon exclusivity in the US is annoying. I want a WP so bad, but no one fits the bill.

ObiWanToby said,

Indeed, but the Verizon exclusivity in the US is annoying. I want a WP so bad, but no one fits the bill.

So true. If you're not on AT&T then it's slim pickings for Windows Phone in the U.S.

Figure 8 Dash said,

The Lumia Icon/930 is essentially a 5" version of the Lumia 1520.


Not even close: besides the fact tha personally I do not like the mix of metal and polycarbonate the 930 lacks SD card, Glance and it is basically an overpriced, repackaged Icon.
I really hope that MS will launch a true flagship in time for the holidays but I guess that they will now concentrate on the lower end which is undoubtedly the most successful segment for WP. Sadly I am not interested in such segment.

I just actually got a 920 (AT&T branded but unlocked) for T-mobile service (which is decent where i live). My other phone was an iPhone that got stolen in Las Vegas. I have Sprint service on it still hoping the thief is stupid enough to turn it on and I can track it.

For an almost two year old device, I'm impressed at how fast and fluid Windows Phone still runs on it. If it had my banking apps I would probably ditch my iPhone in favor of it. The camera is impressive, the xbox gaming is pretty cool, and it's integration with facebook/twitter/etc... is really useful.