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[June 10, 2014]
Microsoft to release their own smartwatch [Mobile 88 Online (Malaysia)]
(Mobile 88 Online (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Like any other self-respecting tech company, Microsoft is also expressing interest in smartwatches. According to a Forbes report, Redmond’s first such device will be iOS- and Android-friendly, surprisingly enough. Although it's not clear when the device would be launched, apparently GearLive got its hands on a smartwatch prototype from a Microsoft tester.
The smartwatch will apparently have an elongated form factor, although rest assured it’s nothing as ridiculous as the image above. "It is much more akin to something like the Fitbit One or Samsung Gear Fit in shape rather than taking on the shape of a traditional watch, like the Pebble did, or like what Google showed off with Android Wear," the publication wrote. "What we saw had a flat display, while the inner portion that would rest against your skin was curved." The still unnamed Microsoft smartwatch, which is currently being referred to as the "Surface watch", will feature a Metro-like interface, with the same flat icons that are seen on devices running Windows 8, Windows Phone, and the watch connects to other smart devices via Bluetooth LE. As mentioned earlier, the device is compatible with both iOS and Android, but also with other platforms including Windows, OS X and Xbox One. The Surface watch features various sensors, including a heart rate monitor, accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS and a galvanic skin response senor that's built into the watch band, whereas all other sensors are found in the smartwatch itself.
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