Microsoft will continue to develop Windows 10 Mobile and support Lumia phones such as the Lumia 650, Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, and phones from OEM partners like Acer, Alcatel, HP, Trinity and VAIO.
The third party phone makers
The tech giant says it will obviously continue to develop Windows 10 Mobile, and also make phones which will support existing Lumia phones and the ones created by the third-party phone makers. However they did not mention anything about continuing to develop the new and advanced Lumia devices, or any hint at the future hardware that will be coming soon.
The company’s public comment has come just some weeks after a leaked internal comment from Terry Myerson, the company’s device chief. Myerson says that the company is committed to the Windows 10 Mobile, and that the tech giant is currently developing the “next generation products.” There was no mention of the old or any new Lumia, and the rumors have indeed suggested Microsoft will launch a Surface-branded phone next year.
Lumia in the past
Currently there are four smartphones by Lumia – Lumia 550, Lumia 650, Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. Given that the tech giant has happily teased the new Lumia devices in the past, the media asked the company to expand on its public comment this morning. A spokesperson from the company reiterated the comment about supporting the existing Lumia devices, and then added “we have nothing specific to share about our future product roadmap.”
That’s probably because the company’s future roadmap doesn’t in any way include any of the new Lumia phones. Rumors have suggested that was the case back in the month of January, and now Microsoft has just dropped the biggest hint that it’s the end of the legendary Lumia phones. What happens with the new Surface Phone and the company’s hardware efforts? It sounds like we’ll be waiting another year to find out.
The end of Lumia phones just marked the end of an era. How time flies eh?
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