Microsoft plans to launch a smartwatch within weeks says report
A new Forbes report suggests that Microsoft is expected to launch its first modern wearable in the coming weeks. It will take the form of a smartwatch or smartband with health-tracking capabilities and a battery life of over two days we hear.
The longer battery life could put Microsoft’s wearable ahead of the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch and the Moto 360, which both have found a big issue with batteries struggling to last a full day. “When it comes to battery life, Microsoft may benefit from its historic expertise in software, allowing it to create sensor integrations that boost the device’s power train efficiency,” the report claims.
The usual “sources close to the project” add that the Redmond tech giant’s fitness-oriented wearable device will be the first smartwatch to come with a continuous heart rate sensor and will be able to work across different mobile platforms including Android and iOS in addition to Windows Phones. Its cross platform nature coincides with the pledge of Microsoft’s recently unveiled Windows 10 OS, which aims to offer software and services across all devices.
A move to join the increasingly busy wearables market, predicted to be worth $7.1 billion in 2015, will be a large leap for new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. The Microsoft smartwatch is being worked on by the company’s Kinect division, but no name nor a cost of the device has been revealed or leaked up to this point.
The smartwatch is said to launch and become available to consumers in time for the holiday shopping season, ahead of Apple’s Apple Watch which will not arrive on consumers’ wrists until early 2015.