Microsoft talks about the cancelled McLaren Windows Phone

Lumia McLaren
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Remember Microsoft’s Lumia McLaren smartphone? It was
rumoured to launch in late 2014 and give a big boost to the
growth of Windows Phones. Lumia McLaren was a follow-up to
the Lumia 1020 with 3D touch technology that would have
allowed customers to operate the device with the motion
gestures and other interactions.

Microsoft’s Lumia McLaren could have been the most innovative
phone of 2014. One example of ‘3D Touch’ would be the ability
to control the operating system with waves and gestures. This
is similar to the Kinect-style wave of your hand.

The Windows Phone with 3D touch was cancelled just months
before launch for undisclosed reasons.

The cancelled device has been finally confirmed by Microsoft in
a new surprising announcement today. Laura Buttler,
Microsoft Corporate Vice President, revealed the details of the
ill-fated device.

She describes the Lumia McLaren as a phenomenal device. The
McLaren had hover touch, also known as 3D touch. The device
used X, Y and Z coordinates concept to figure out the location
of the user’s fingers.

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“As your finger approached the plane of the phone, we knew what
direction you were coming from,” Laura Buttler explains.
“Keyboard and typing would have been phenomenal on that thing,”
she adds.

The device was also designed to understand position and
gestures of fat fingers. The 3D touch was compatible with
Windows Phone’s Metro interface and it could have allowed users
to preview emails or messages by just hovering over the tile.

“You didn’t have to actually take yourself out of the flow of
your life to quickly see stuff. That was part of the idea
behind Metro,” she explains.

Lumia McLaren was supposed to come with a better camera than
the Lumia 1020.

Interestingly, Microsoft had also prepared a successor to the
Lumia 1520 with Bluetooth keyboard support and landscape mode.
This could have allowed the device to function as a proper mini

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