Microsoft to unveil multi-platform smartband within weeks

Saqib Shah
October 20, 2014

Microsoft will makes its entrance into the wearables sector before the end of the year, according to a new report. In fact, the new device could be launched in the next few weeks, if Forbes is to be believed.

Talks surrounding the tech giant’s first wearable have been circulating since April. Aside from announcing an imminent release date, the new report divulges little new information.

In the past it has been unofficially revealed that the device will be a multi-platform wearable – meaning it will be compatible with iOS, Android and Windows Phone – and that its display will be on the inside of the wrist, making it easier for users to keep notifications private. The latter detail calls in to question the ‘smartwatch’ status of the device, and makes it sound more akin to a smart band – not unlike the Samsung Gear Fit.

The new report reiterates those rumours and also repeats that the as-yet untitled wearable has health tracking functions, including a heart rate monitor. It adds that battery power will last more than two days on a single charge.

Microsoft is making a late entrance into the wearables arena. However, chances are it will want to launch a new device by the start of the Christmas shopping season.

It will have an uphill battle on its hands, with wearables from the likes of LG, Samsung and Pebble already widely available. Meanwhile, Google has launched Android Wear – its wearables OS – and Apple has unveiled the Apple Watch and its accompanying OS to unanimously positive reviews. If Microsoft manages to release the device before the end of the year, it will at least beat out Apple, which is expected to release its Watch in early 2015.

Microsoft hasn’t yet announced a price for the smart band. Other smartwatches run the gamut from £159 (for the Android Wear LG G Watch) to an expected £300 for the Apple Watch.

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Saqib Shah

Tech/gaming journalist for What Mobile magazine and website. Interests include film, digital media and foreign affairs.

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