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Microsoft Lumia phone to launch in February – possibly the last one

The future of Microsoft Lumia phones is almost in-existent at the moment, since Microsoft announced it will be introducing a different and more effective smartphone portfolio. But before an age is over, we may still have two devices to see, and they will be announced in February.

 

Lumia phone

 

 

Windows Central reports that the company is going to unveil a Lumia 650 phone next month. This device is supposedly aimed at the business market, and the specs are nothing to drool over either.

 

Lumia 650 specs:

 

  • 5-inch display
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB storage
  • 8MP camera.

 

The specs and numbering indicate that the smartphone is a budget Windows 10 device. Reports suggest that this is the last Lumia phone and that the focus on Microsoft devices will be placed on Surface phones next. Microsoft is reportedly keeping a consistency to its design across lines, but we are not sure if Surface will be a total rebrand for Lumia or if it is a different project altogether at this point.

 

Source: The Verge

 

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3D scanner embedded in your smartphone? Microsoft has the answer!

Microsoft wants to turn your smartphone into a device for the future. You rear camera can do so much more than take 2D photos, or at least this is what Microsoft wants from your device, and now your camera can become a 3D scanner. It can create 3D models that should be good enough for 3D printing.

 

3D scanner

 

Microsoft’s research lab brought a new video to light where an iPhone 5S is used to scan objects by simply moving the smartphone around the focused object. The camera tracks the object during capture and then it builds a model from different angles.

 

Some of the models created with the usage of this software look pretty rough but they are an improvement and a unique thing considering a smartphone is not created for this specific task in mind. Microsoft says that you do not need any hardware for this feature to work as a 3D scanner because the computation is done on the phone as well.

 

 

 

Microsoft’s project could be a competitor to what Google is doing with its own projects like Tango, where they use special hardware like a motion-tracking camera and a depth sensor in its attempt at mapping the world. The additional hardware will provide better results, of course, but the guys at Microsoft are pretty confident in their own 3D scanner software.

 

Microsoft’s project is named MobileFusion and developers are now working on making it compatible with Android, iOS and Windows Phone. There is no release date for this 3D scanner software yet, but media popularity and time could turn this into a possible reality for the general public.

 

Source: Microsoft

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Microsoft said to invest in Cyanogen Inc.

Microsoft is not counting only on its (not)Windows Phones but has also decided to invest in Cyanogen Inc. At the moment, Microsoft is a minority investor in the company that was created around a custom ROM in 2013 as $70 million was accumulated for the startup so far. Investors are evaluating the company at millions of dollars at the moment, which means Cyanogen Inc. can only grow from here.

 

Cyanogen

 

Microsoft is still hoping you will pick a Windows Phone over Apple and Android choices, but they know their chances are slim. It appears that they would like to change the game a bit even if it means investing in a custom ROM.

The most important thing is that Microsoft is invested in this project at all, considering they usually finance projects that may or may not be successes on the long run.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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[CES 2015] Microsoft launches Gold edition Nokia Lumia 930 and Lumia 830

CES is nearing its end tomorrow, but until then, Microsoft still has some aces up its sleeve. It just launched the Gold dition Nokia Lumia 830 and Lumia 930. The phones themselves are still the same flagship Lumia 930 and mid-range Lumia 830, but their neon colors are now changed to classy white and black backs with a Goldified finish.

 

Nokia Lumia 930

 

The devices look much better now, even if Microsoft is kind of late to the precious finish phone case party. The new design is pretty good looking, especially considering that this will probably be the last Nokia-branded bunch of devices ever launched.

The two handsets will not be available in the US but only in selected countries in Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and China. By the end of January, Nokia Lumia 930 will be available in both white and black hues, and the middle-ranged Lumia 830 will be ready for purchase starting February.

 

Nokia gold

 

Lumia 930 has a 5” 1080p screen with a Snapdragon 800 chipset and 2 GB of RAM, with 32 GB of storage and a 20 MP primary camera. Lumia 830 has the same 5” screen but with HD resolution and is powered by a Snapdragon 400, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage with the possibility of enlarging storage by a max of 128GB via microSD slot.

Source: Lumia Conversation