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Nokia wearables may come later this year

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Nokia wearables may come later this year
We've already seen wearables from Pebble and Samsung, as well as the Android Wear platform which will offer options from LG and Motorola to start and manufacturers like Fossil, HTC, Asus, and Samsung signed on to make devices later on. There is also the endlessly rumored Apple iWatch, but of course you can never count out the Windows Phone and Nokia. While Microsoft hasn't made any mention of how Windows will translate to wearables, it is almost a given that the work is happening. And, new word has it that Nokia has plans as well.

We have seen some quite unreliable prototype images of a Nokia smartwatch, and we have heard a rumor that said Nokia's smartwatch could launch in the second half of the year. Now, WPCentral editor-in-chief Daniel Rubino is seemingly confirming that idea by saying that wearable devices from Nokia are coming "later this year", but there may be app announcements at the Microsoft Build developers conference next week. 

The question remains though what to expect from a Nokia wearable. Nokia's Devices and Services division will likely be transferring over to Microsoft sometime next month, as the acquisition is expected to finalize. But, the earlier rumors of a Nokia smartwatch stated that the device in development was not going to be part of the Microsoft deal, meaning it would be released by what is left of Nokia, and not by Microsoft. That could also mean that the device would not actually run Windows of any sort. 

We have reached out to Daniel for clarification on the rumor, but have yet to get a response. Perhaps we'll find out more next week.

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posted on 25 Mar 2014, 21:18 3

1. AfterShock (Posts: 2959; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


That looks square.
Did ms have a hand in this?

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 23:17 8

11. Cyberchum (Posts: 278; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


This is not even the actual product and you're already ranting, meh

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 07:23 2

19. akki20892 (Posts: 3652; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Leaked
http://www.telekom-presse.at/bilder/nokia_smartwatch_title.jpg

Concept
http://www.techienews.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/nokia-smartwatch-concept.jpg

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 11:40

20. corporateJP (Posts: 1826; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Cart before the horse, Kemosabe...

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 21:19 4

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Now if it can be compatible with iOS and Android, it could do well.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 21:27 3

5. lyndon420 (Posts: 1785; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


A cross platform watch? Interesting.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 01:51

22. dorian827 (Posts: 130; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)


Windows is cross platform technically. Im sure without the Windows and Microsoft platform Android and IOS 'MAY' have not existed.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 21:25 4

3. GreekGeek (Posts: 845; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Tech consumers have had enough of that hideous looking tiles!
Please, think of something else!

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 21:56 1

9. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


WP no one wants WP smart watch .

WP platform needs a outrageous make over befor public are interested .

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 23:20 6

12. Cyberchum (Posts: 278; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


And you're tech consumers? yeah right, you're everybody.

..

Those tiles are can be everything but hideous, you and few of your kind doesn't like them means not that they're bad.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 21:26 2

4. lyndon420 (Posts: 1785; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Nokia's last attempt at Android maybe...to coincide with their X phones?

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 21:36

6. Derekjeter (Posts: 327; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


And they will fail just like the other WP devices. I love my M8

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 01:52

23. dorian827 (Posts: 130; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)


How is any Windows Phone a fail especially the Nokia manufacturer? They do have the Nokia X series, which is Android.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 21:51 1

7. a_tumiwa (Posts: 301; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


possibly OS, Nokia Asha OS, S40, Windows Phone, Android, Meego, or a new wearable OS?

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 21:54 1

8. TheWolfpacker (Posts: 43; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


I really like the idea of a smart watch. Make one that simply does what its supposed to, and make it Semi-Affordable and ill buy one.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 22:17 1

10. SAO101789 (Posts: 123; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)


It's works well. Not a Moto 360 (which looks amazing) but it has a good use and with square tiles it fits well. Hope you can customize it.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 23:23 1

13. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Wow.....the only time I actually like the look and the use of the Live Tiles...is on a watch. Nokia, MS might be on to something.

It looks to be designed for a square face too.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 23:51 6

14. Liveitup (Posts: 1572; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Shows how many hypocrites there are, here we have Android fanbous bashing Live Tiles when The new HTC one is basically Windows Phone Live Tiles clone. The Tiles even have theme changer just like WP, such hypocrites.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 00:50

15. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 792; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


I highly doubt Nokia or Apple will make a smartwatch anytime soon

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 01:38 1

16. -box- (Posts: 3878; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I'd love a Nokia/Microsoft smart watch if it enhanced my wonderful WP8 experience, weren't too expensive, and looked and felt good.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 05:55 1

17. US_Eminem (Posts: 12; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


Provide GPS and here maps ....and a long battery life.....then i am gonna buy it.....,..it can be used as navigating device for trekkers like me

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 06:25

18. dome888 (Posts: 64; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


an awkward UI for a wearable

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 11:46

21. corporateJP (Posts: 1826; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


I hope this is a Nokia device and not a Microsoft device, the OS is irrelevant as long as it functions properly.

I'd still like to see Netflix run on a watch. That in itself would be amazing...

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