Microsoft wades into the wearable market with new smartwatch
Microsoft is taking its first steps in the wearable market with reports claiming that a new smartwatch is to be launched.
According to reputable sources, Microsoft is expected to make an official announcement about the new wearable device within the coming weeks. The wearable itself has been branded as a “fitness band”, which is quoted to have “smarwatch features but primarily focused on fitness”. As of yet, no technical specifications have been leaked or announced but it is rumored that the device will be outfitted with biosensors to measure heart rate, steps taken, calories burnt and possibly more. Perhaps the most interesting feature mentioned for Microsoft’s new smartwatch is that it is cross-platform. Currently, apps are being developed for the smartwatch to cater to each separate mobile OS including Android and iOS.
As for design, not much is known but Technobuffalo expects it to look similar to the Gear Fit, with a rumored 1.5-inch full color touchscreen display. The display is also designed to sit on the inside of the wrist and may have removable straps according to rumor and previous patent filings. Like all other smartwatches in the market, the Microsoft fitness band is expected to have a two day battery life.
With an official announcement not too far away, we can’t wait to see what Microsoft can bring to the wearable market with its new fitness band.