Skip to main content

Microsoft to reportedly end sales of Lumia by end of year

microsoft lumia end microsoftlumia650 head
Image used with permission by copyright holder
The end is nigh for Lumia, as new reports suggest that Microsoft might killing off the brand.

According to WinBeta, an anonymous source within Microsoft claims that the company will be ending sales of all Lumia handsets by the end of the year.

There aren’t too many Lumia devices left on the market as Microsoft has slowed the release of handsets. It makes sense, as the handset has been dipping each quarter in market share, making it a less valuable proposition for developers. Microsoft has also been liquidating Lumia devices with buy-one get-one offers and other discounts.

This doesn’t mean that Windows 10 for Mobile is dead. Microsoft has two major updates scheduled in 2017 and has been encouraging third-party manufacturers to continue making supporting devices.

Rumors continue to float around regarding the possibility of a Surface branded phone. Although it’s looking like that project was either pushed to the end of 2017 or has been killed off. Laura Butler, Microsoft’s Director of Engineering at Windows Fundamentals, has been hinting on Twitter that something might be in the works, however.

@TehJackuh @itsmichaelwest @zacbowden Surface Phone not NOT confirmed. :-)

— Laura Janet Butler (@LauraCatPJs) September 7, 2016

Lumia, Microsoft’s mobile phone brand, was first introduced in 2011 and set itself apart by having a clean and simple UI that relayed information without having to open apps. Over the years, it grew little by little under Nokia, and picked up bits of market share. But after Microsoft purchased Nokia’s phone division, and after new CEO Satya Nadella fired most of the employees, the brand appears to have fizzled out.

With the introduction of the Lumia 950 and 950XL last year, Microsoft tried to breath new life into the platform by rebranding Windows Phone as Windows 10 for Mobile. The operating system was essentially rebuilt from the ground up, and runs a lighter version of Windows 10. With it came the Universal Windows Platform, making it so that developers could scale apps on mobile, desktop, tablet, and Xbox One. Continuum was also introduced, allowing users to plug in their Windows handset into a monitor and run a lighter desktop version of Windows 10.

Unfortunately, a buggy launch, slow updates, poor app support, and the lack of interesting devices has stopped Windows 10 for Mobile from catching any footing. Long time Windows Phone fans are now putting all their hopes on a Surface Phone, whenever, or if ever, that happens.

Ultimately, only Microsoft can revive its mobile division, and if it plans to do so, it will require the full weight and support of the company.

Editors' Recommendations

Imad Khan
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Imad has been a gamer all his life. He started blogging about games in college and quickly started moving up to various…
This could be our first look at iOS 18’s huge redesign
An iPhone 14 Pro Max and iPhone 14 Pro standing upright on a desk.

While iOS 17 fell short on a visual overhaul, Apple is rumored to be working on an updated identity for its next iOS version. Previous reports have claimed that the upcoming iOS 18 will feature visionOS-like elements introduced on the Apple Vision Pro. A new report confirms this with a leaked image of the iOS 18 Camera app.

According to a report from MacRumors, the next version of the Camera app could feature visionOS-style design elements. It is based on an iPhone frame template that the publication received from an anonymous source who claimed to have received it from an iOS engineer. It is said to have been included as part of the Apple Design Resources for iOS 18.

Read more
10 reasons you should buy an iPhone in 2024
Purple iPhone 14 (left) and a green iPhone 15 in hand.

The iPhone 15 lineup — which includes the standard iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Pro — is the iPhone at its best. It's the latest series of iPhones available today and the default choice if you're buying a new iPhone in 2024.

But it’s not the only choice of iPhones you can purchase. In fact, Apple still sells the iPhone 14, iPhone 13, and the iPhone SE on its website. You could also find other iPhone models available – refurbished or new — from other retailers or carrier stores.

Read more
We now know when Apple is adding RCS to the iPhone
The iPhone 14 Plus held in a man's hand.

Last November, Apple made a surprise announcement when it confirmed that RCS was coming to the iPhone in 2024. It's something iPhone and Android phone users alike have been waiting years for, but there was just one small problem: Apple never said when in 2024 RCS was coming. Thanks to Google, of all companies, we now have a better idea of when RCS is heading to the iPhone.

As spotted by 9to5Google, the Android website was recently updated with a new page dedicated to Google Messages. If you click on the "See more features" button for the section talking about RCS, there's a section titled "Better messaging for all" with the following text: "Apple has announced it will be adopting RCS in the fall of 2024. Once that happens, it will mean a better messaging experience for everyone."

Read more