Nokia roadmap for 2014 and 2015 gets leaked
Several of Nokia’s plans regarding phone releases for the next few months have been leaked today. The company, now owned by Microsoft, will obviously continue to focus on Windows Phone devices.
First off, it seems like the Lumia 930, announced in April, will not be making it to the US. It is in fact already sold by Verizon under a different name (Lumia Icon, that is), but it won’t be coming to other carriers. So Big Red apparently had quite the exclusive on this one.
The midrange Lumia 635 (unveiled alongside the Lumia 930) is another story, though. It’s due to be sold by T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, as well as AT&T’s Cricket prepaid brand. This will happen in June or July, with the exception of Sprint, which may only release it later with updated firmware.
The Nokia Lumia 530 should be made official pretty soon, because it’s going to arrive at T-Mobile “in the middle of the summer”, and at Cricket later on, probably in October. This will run Windows Phone 8.1 from day one, just like the 930 and 635.
That said, Microsoft is planning to push out a new update to its mobile operating system before the end of the year. This will be next in line after Windows Phone 8.1, and it’s tentatively being called Windows Phone Blue GDR1. The first devices running it are said to land starting in the third quarter – Tesla for AT&T and Superman for Verizon. Both of those are code names, of course, as are the next ones we’ll be discussing. The ‘fall flagship’ will be the McLaren, and this one will be picked up by AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. It will ship in time for the holiday season.
Then in spring of 2015 we can expect a pair of new handsets for AT&T, known as Makepeace and Dempsey. Finally, in late summer of next year (or maybe early fall) we should see a phablet code named Cityman and a flagship offering currently going by Talkman.
All of this information reportedly comes from “a well-placed source”. Keep in mind however that plans change, and even if all of this is true now, you may not see some of these handsets actually hitting the streets.