Microsoft reportedly testing Google Glass rival; Instagram coming to WP

Sources tell the WSJ Microsoft (MSFT) is "testing prototypes" for Google Glass-like eyewear; one of them says the company has asked Asian component makers to supply parts for the prototypes.

Details are lights regarding the prototypes' feature sets and nonexistent regarding pricing and a potential ETA. The report comes a month after Chardan Capital stated Google Glass microdisplay supplier Himax (HIMX) is beginning to ramp microdisplay production for another firm, and guessed the company in question was Microsoft. Chardan speculated the Microsoft eyewear could launch in mid-2014.

In tandem with Nokia's new hardware launches, Microsoft has announced an Instagram Windows Phone app is finally arriving. Instagram has arguably been the biggest WP holdout, and its absence has frustrated devotees of the platform.

Also: AT&T continues to score exclusives for high-end Lumia devices. The 6" Lumia 1520 will exclusively be sold in the U.S. by Ma Bell for now. After trying it out, The Verge likes the 1520's performance display and camera, but wishes it had a stylus (like Samsung's Galaxy Note phablets).

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  • Transcripts&10-K's
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    About time on Instagram - but should be to the point of filling out the top 250+ apps, not struggling to get the top handful...
    22 Oct 2013, 07:15 PM Reply Like
  • slash32is4
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    well if HIMX is supplying GOOG and MSFT and GOOG has a small ownership stake the question becomes will GOOG buy all of HIMX?
    22 Oct 2013, 08:38 PM Reply Like
  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
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    Well, I have had L920, and now L1020, and there is not a single app I am missing, and I could not care less about Instagram, but that's just me...
    22 Oct 2013, 09:58 PM Reply Like
  • TruffelPig
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    Why would anyone want to make those stupid eye ware? $MSFT should go back and invent, not start copying crap. I do understand that there are real applications for display ware (pilots/sergeants) but not those things......
    22 Oct 2013, 10:39 PM Reply Like
  • wil3714
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    Comments (2370) | Send Message
    Oh you mean iworks? yeah stop copying
    23 Oct 2013, 12:37 AM Reply Like
  • oliverdavis56
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    I bet amzn has some optical engineers testing google glass prototypes
    23 Oct 2013, 03:48 AM Reply Like
  • stockjoint
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    If HIMAX will be the one choosen to supply MSFT we will see soon a Taiwan rocket!
    Long HIMAX
    23 Oct 2013, 07:19 AM Reply Like
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