Microsoft readying cross-platform capable smartwatch


Yet another company appears to be working on a smartwatch type wearables device and this time it is none other than Microsoft. Yes, the stalwart of the corporate world that has missed every stage of the evolution of smartphones is working on an initiative to get into the exploding wearables market that has been dominated by Samsung and Apple thus far. The market is young still, so it is not inconceivable someone could come along and take over the top spot. Microsoft’s effort appears to incorporate a few twists that could give it the competitive edge needed to unseat the market leaders.

The biggest factor could be the fact that the device will supposedly be cross-platform and capable of working with devices powered by Android, iOS or Windows Phone. That would put the Microsoft smartwatch in a unique position, though not inconsistent with some recent moves by Microsoft to be more cross-platform focused.

Supposedly the device’s monitors, notable a heart-rate monitor, will operate continuously as opposed to being called up only when the user requests it. Sources indicate the device will be capable of running for two days without a charge, putting it on par with Samsung’s Gear Fit.

Another decision that could set the Microsoft smartwatch apart from competitors is the position of the screen. Sources indicate it will be designed so the screen is worn on the inside portion of the wrist. The thinking behind this decision is to improve privacy over any notifications that may pop up.

Finally, Microsoft has used personnel from the Microsoft Xbox Kinect division to help with development of the hardware and technologies to be packed into the device. The Kinect division is considered one of Microsoft’s more successful hardware ventures, so the hope is the expertise of employees in that unit will translate to success for the smartwatch initiative.

Microsoft has declined comment regarding any of these rumors and no information has surfaced regarding a potential release timeframe. With Apple supposedly on their way to producing a smartwatch type device and several Android based manufacturers working on solutions, including a forthcoming wave of Android Wear devices, Microsoft will probably need to get the device to market in the next few months before the window closes.

Would you be interested in a Microsoft produced smartwatch if it worked with your Android device?

source: Forbes

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.