Over the past few months, we've been hearing a lot about the Nokia McLaren. The upcoming flagship from Microsoft is speculated to come with buttonless interaction and would feature gesture functionality, just like Amazon's Fire phone. But, it seems that the device might have been killed off by Microsoft already.
According to a report from Windows Phone Central, the Redmond-based software giant will totally eliminate its 3D Touch Windows Phone 8.1 handset that was expected to be launched in the US later this year. The reason behind Microsoft terminating the project is cost concerned, it seems. In fact the decision was reportedly taken weeks ago ahead of the shocking announcement of layoffs.
With Nokia McLaren not happening any more, one must note that the firm does not have a single flagship to show off in the second half of 2014. Major players in the industry have either planned or preparing to launch something extraordinary sometime around IFA Berlin tech show.
Microsoft's McLaren was initially projected as the successor to the Nokia Lumia 1020, which is also reportedly set to be phased out in September. So far Nokia has launched the Lumia 930 around the world. The device is being promoted as a flagship handset. Unfortunately, Microsoft hasn't launched the Lumia 930 in India.
The sudden lay-off 18,000 employees, mostly belonging to Nokia's tablets and mobiles division, could be seen as a biggest reason why Nokia McLaren is not happening any more.
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