News by Luke Jones on Tuesday June 10, 2014.
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Ever since Microsoft snapped up Nokia's devices and services division we have been wondering what the software giant will do with its new toy. Microsoft will now have the full might of Nokia to continue making the Finnish brands' Lumia smartphones, and it seems Redmond has some plans that will shake up the mobile market.Microsoft took the keys for Nokia at the end of April, so the next batch of flagship Lumia handsets will come with the company's stamp on them. Since getting into bed with Microsoft and Windows Phone a few years ago, Nokia has done a good job with each Lumia handset, improving from one to the other. Sure, the company's devices and services division still lost money before heading to Microsoft, but newest Lumia offerings such as the 1520 and the 930/Icon are among the best smartphones on the market. Those two devices were arguably the first Windows Phones to be able to stand side by side with the very best Android powerhouses, and now Microsoft wants to raise the bar. The handset in question has been given the codename "McLaren" and it will change the way that we interact with our smartphone, or at least it will aim to. According to several reports the device will pack an enormous camera with depth technology and 3D Touch, a software that allows motion controls. 3D Touch will give the user the ability to control their phone with gestures without having to touch the screen. Microsoft's Xbox Kinect team has been lending its expertise in the building of McLaren, offering a glimpse of why the deal to buy Nokia is so exciting. Microsoft can pool its resources from other divisions to take smartphone tech in new directions. Well, at least that is the idea, but we will have to see if McLaren achieves that when the device shows up, reportedly in November. source: WPCentral