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Nokia’s first flagship Windows Phone 8.1 to include ‘3D Touch’ interaction

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  • On November 15, 2013

Nokia is planning new smartphones for 2014 which are expected to debut alongside Windows Phone 8.1. Through its Twitter account, the popular leaker @evleaks has recently revealed two of the upcoming devices codenamed “Goldfinger” and “Moneypenny”. The Verge informs that Goldfinger will be a successor to the latest flagship Windows Phone 8 handset – the Lumia 1520.

The so-called Goldfinger smartphone will include a new technology, internally described as “3D Touch”. According to sources familiar with the matter, 3D Touch detects interactions that are ‘off the glass’ through specially designed hardware sensors.

Nokia’s next flagship smartphone will let users navigate around the phone interacting with hand gestures without touching the display. Different gestures are being tested including flipping and scrolling. Microsoft and Nokia are working together on the next major Windows Phone version called 8.1 (a.k.a Blue).

Marko Ahtisaari, a former head of Nokia design confirmed the gesture technology two years ago. Back then, he said it is a key area where Nokia will continue to innovate. The company based in Finland has already introduced its Glance Screen which enables users to see the time. The Windows Phone 8.1 update expected in early 2014 will further develop the Glance Screen and adds some more features to the Lumia devices. More details about 3D Touch are likely to emerge at the Mobile World Congress 2014.

Source: The Verge