Lumia 950
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Imagine the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL with a Surface Pen and smart gestures. That was the original plan but Microsoft eventually removed these features as the company decided to retrench its mobile efforts. Because of this, Microsoft canceled many ideas and phones such as the Lumia 960, Lumia 750 and the Lumia 850.

Cover with Glance screen support, Pen support, and gestures were the ideas that Microsoft was considering at the time.

According to reports, Microsoft had produced a prototype of Lumia 950 that not only featured pen but also gestures support.

Microsoft designed some interesting gestures for the Lumia 950 that would have made it smarter. The feature was supposed to help users “interact naturally with the phone.”

Screen and keyboard

Microsoft designed an interesting gesture that was supposed to keep the screen on when the user is holding the phone. That means if you’re holding the phone, the screen won’t dim regardless of the activity and the display settings.

There is another gesture to detect and lock the phone orientation regardless of the settings. That means the rotation won’t change if you’re holding the phone in portrait mode and you lay down on your bed.

Call and alarms gestures

  • Ability to answer calls by raising the phone to your ear.
  • Flipping the phone onto its screen to ignore a call.
  • Putting the phone in a pocket to hang up a call.
  • There is another gesture where the speaker would turn on automatically when you put the phone down onto a table when attending a call.
  • Ability to silence the call when you hold the phone or when you cover the screen using a cover or something else.
  • Microsoft also designed gestures to silence an alarm by allowing users to flip the phone over, hold the phone or put the cover on the screen.

The last gesture was supposed to trigger the company’s digital assistant when the user raises the phone to their ear.

Some other interesting ideas

Lumia 950 vision

Microsoft’s Lumia 950 was originally supposed to launch with support for Surface Phone and Microsoft was also working on an optional smart cover that would work with the Glance Screen.

Microsoft lacked the faith to release the Windows Phones in the form it originally intended to.

  • JohnW

    It’s a shame. So many of these features could have been added after launch.

    • cmolinap

      I’m agree with you JohnW: It’s a shame. I have a Lumia 950 and I will continue using it.

  • Jens

    Typical MS, when you’ve finally just about caught up, you give up. Balmer wouldn’t have…

    • JohnW

      Balmer was, of course, the reason they needed to catch up. MS and Nokia were the main players 15 years ago but both missed capacitive screens and the non-business market.

  • SebastianNadvorny

    I think they realized how good it was and did not want to bring spoilers. They will get back to this once they can fully realize it and bring new values as well as new type of the device…

  • pappawtom

    Those are some really great features and I believe they decided that they did not want this simply on a phone but instead on a new device that did everything the phone did and what a typical computer would do mixed into one device that could be used in any fashion while being very mobile and not necessarily a radio such as a phone is.