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Report: Microsoft Smartwatch Incoming, Will Work With Android Phones

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According to sources of Forbes, Microsoft is working on a smartwatch that will work with not only Windows Phone devices, but Android phones and iPhones too. The report speculates that the watch could be here as soon as this summer to compete in a wearable market that Samsung has tried to get a jump start on.

Forbes’ sources claim that the watch will “draw on optical engineering expertise from Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect division” and be sensor-rich with features like constant-heart rate monitoring. Battery life could weigh-in somewhere around two days, which is similar to Samsung’s Gear devices. 

The design might be similar to Samsung’s Gear Fit (our review), the fitness tracker that features a curved AMOLED display. Sources claim that the Microsoft watch will have a touch-screen that resembles a half-stick of gum, that is placed on the under side of a wrist to keep information displayed private.

Cross-platform compatibility could be a major advantage for Microsoft if this is all true. At this time, Samsung has locked their wearables to Galaxy devices. LG is also trying to enter the market with devices like the Lifeband Touch, which works on both iOS and Android devices, but LG has yet to put much of a marketing push behind it. In the end, I think the success of something like this from Microsoft will depend on functionality. Will it only be a fitness tracker or will it do more? Oh, and they better hurry before Android Wear and the Moto 360 show up.

If Microsoft put out a smarwatch or fitness band, would you consider it?

Via:  Forbes
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  • MicroNix

    idk, its going to be awfully hard to read the BSOD information on a watch.

  • NexusMan

    LOL. It NEEDS to work with Android. If it only worked with Windows phone, what would be the point?

  • joshdieter1k

    Another smart watch to launch in June is from Smart Devices, winner of a CTIA Product of the Year award for innovation.
    The new SmartQ P1 Watch ($159) offers a sleek design with most of the same features as Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 but nearly half the price and syncs with both Android and Apple iOS phones and also offers a heart rate monitor, fitness pedometer for walking and jogging, an MP3 player with earphones, plus the ability to work as a phone and take phone calls.

    One of the first sources with availability of this new model is– i P r o T a b l et

  • calculatorwatch

    If it’s got a curved screen I’ll consider it. Microsoft has a lot of work to do if they want to beat the Moto 360 though. I think even Apple is reconsidering if they want to sell a smart watch since they rarely release anything if it’s not going to capture the market.

  • AbbyZFresh

    Good going MS.

    Now when is Google gonna play nice with WP like they do with iOS?

  • Bryan

    I don’t care about the watch, but that pic of the Nokia phone with the tile interface is horrendous. I don’t know how anyone thinks that is a good looking and usable UI. It looks like a mess of different sized tiles and would drive my OCD/symmetry crazy!

  • steelew

    What flavor of hatorade are they serving today? Oh yeah, it’s appleberry microhater splash. Why should anything from microsoft be left out here? Sure they have made some flubs but they have just as good of chance as any at producing a hit here. There really is no breakaway here. Even pebble is kind of old news and most hate the gear or galaxy gear (or whatever). The best chance for a hit so far looks like motorala and theirs is just vaporware until it launches and everyone rips into it for being too much or not enough like a phone on your wrist. If Microsoft made a good wearable I might buy it…at least it has just as good a chance of me not buying it because it WILL be too expensive just like the rest of them.

    • NexusMan

      Maybe because they’ve failed so dramatically thus far in capturing the interest of consumers in the mobile market.

  • duke69111

    The thought of having to plug in a watch to charge is different.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    If Samsung was smart they would have made something with broader connectivity and a much lower price. Would have piggybacked off their popularity and possibly locked some people in. Lost opportunity IMO.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I would consider it

  • chris125

    Cross platform compability, thank you Microsoft!

  • mcdonsco

    Consider it? Sure…but would have to well; not match the description Forbes gave.

    I mean really? A curved rectangular screen worn under the wrist? Uhhh…why?

    I love what MS has been doing re: Surface Pro 3, but this? Meh….

  • j

    Technology isn’t ready for a smartwatch that is also sensor rich to double as a fitness band. They are too large. Either make it svelte with a nice screen and interface to a phone, or sensor rich with a usable screen for fitness. my 2 cents.

  • ShermCraig

    Good to see MS acknowledging their NEED to have cross-compatibility! Admitting your problem is the first step….

    • mcdonsco

      Ever hear of Apple?

      • ShermCraig

        The fruit?

  • monkey082506

    HA, this made my day. End of the work day and this post just made it much better, go home Microsoft…you’re drunk.

  • JSo

    It makes sense. If they just made it work with Windows Phones, they wouldn’t sell very many. This is kind of a no brainer.

    • NexusMan

      Exactly.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Will have to see how it turns out. I’d consider it.

  • Cael

    I don’t see the usefulness of anything Windows thats not on a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.

    • James

      I would have agreed if you had stopped after the word “Windows.”

  • lgreg64

    ..

    • Maxim∑

      its not even out..

    • RoadsterHD1

      Plus one. LOL

    • michael arazan

      I think it’s great that they are even trying, who knows what their Vision for a smartwatch could be

  • NorCalGuy

    Please don’t be under the wrist that is the optimal scratch zone!

    • AJ McKay

      I’ve seen people wear regular watches with the face on the underside of their wrist. I wonder how they do that?

      • NorCalGuy

        They do it and scratch their watch face.

  • yummy

    I might should perhaps maybe could possibly tentatively think it will happen

  • Larry Bublitz

    “If Microsoft put out a smarwatch or fitness band, would you consider it?” Nope.

    • Eric T

      so open-minded…

      • Blue Sun

        I’m afraid it might BSOD.