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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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