Microsoft reportedly testing Google Glass rival; Instagram coming to WP

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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).