Microsoft smartwatch to launch soon?
posted by Alan F. / Oct 19, 2014, 5:18 PM
The Microsoft smartwatch will sync with smartphones running on iOS, Android and of course, Windows Phone. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wants his products to be able to reach across all platforms. Considering the small percentage of smartphone market share owned by Windows Phone, Nadella needs to have his timepiece support Android and iOS, or else he will be dramatically narrowing the market for the smartwatch.
Unlike Apple, which had to delay the release of the Apple Watch until 2015, Microsoft is going to be able to time the release of its watch so that it can be sold during the 2014 holiday shopping season. While the wearables category is still a new one, there is money to be made. Some estimates forecast as much as $7.1 billion in 2015 sales for the market.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that Microsoft had received a patent for a smartwatch with a removable body that can be attached to a belt. The body can connect to a dock to recharge. Microsoft received a second patent for the electronic band used with the watch. This band is supposed to have a display on its underside. During the summer, there was speculation that the Microsoft smartwatch would carry 11 sensors
source: Forbes via WPCentral
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looks interesting. Hopefully it isn`t ridiculously expensive like the other smartwatches. I refuse to pay 150-200 on a smartphone accessory
posted on Oct 19, 2014, 6:47 PM 0
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What a comment! But unlike the multitude of wearables available, the Microsoft watch will have a battery capacity large enough to allow it to run two days on a single charge. I get 4-5 days of medium to heavy use out of my Samsung Gear 2, so far then my watch is unbeatable in battery life, shame its never mentioned in these articles!
posted on Oct 19, 2014, 11:43 PM 0
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Fitbit is about to announce their own watch. It will be interesting comparing the two watches that are built around being fit. The Microsoft watch is not priced against the fitbit band. A $100 price is probably to low. I bet both will be in the $200 to $250 range.
posted on Oct 20, 2014, 6:59 AM 0
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does Microsoft know what People want to do with a smart watch? Folks it's not enough to make a smart watch. Many OEM's can. The trick is making a smart watch that is useful enough for People to see that it is WORTH BUYING! Good luck Microsoft. you have a big challenge before you. I hope you do well
posted on Oct 20, 2014, 2:14 PM 0
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