Potential Microsoft smartwatch may have just cleared the FCC

Potential Microsoft smartwatch may have just cleared the FCC
There have been consistent rumors that both Microsoft and Nokia had been working on wearable devices separately. The rumors from the Microsoft side culminated a couple days ago with a report saying that Microsoft might be getting ready to announce a smartwatch within the next few weeks. Now, we have what appears to be more evidence for that with what could be a Microsoft smartwatch that has cleared the FCC.

The evidence is admittedly thin, but present. The filing is for what is labeled a "Mobile Wireless Device", but the only radio found inside is for Bluetooth LE. Mobile devices that only contain Bluetooth tend to be either wearables or accessories/peripherals, and Microsoft has never really gone too deep into accessories. It could possibly be a Bluetooth keyboard or mouse, except that the filing also lists three different sizes for the device - small, medium, and large. 

When you consider what kinds of "mobile wireless devices" would come in different sizes, and only include Bluetooth, that mostly points to a wearable of some sort. Microsoft has been rumored to be working on a device that was more of a fitness band than smartwatch, but that may only be the "small" option, with the larger options being closer to proper smartwatches. We could find out relatively soon. 

source: FCC via Windows Central

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6 Comments

1. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

im going to stick to my opinion its fitness tracker

2. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Hope they do it as a collaboration with an established watch manufacturer known for their design expertise; I'd root for Tag Heuer or Omega...

3. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I'm kinda digging the idea of the Metro interface on a watch... Hopefully it works with Android in a good way.

4. AeroPrime

Posts: 175; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

Metro UI on a smartwatch make a lot of sense to me. If you see their contact area is larger with those tiles. It really blends well with a squarish smartwatch. Its easier to use that way. Really interesting. I have devices running both android and windows. Cant wait to try.

5. NateAdam8

Posts: 427; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

If it works with Android and WP8/8.1 it will be the only smartwatch I get.

6. Damo579

Posts: 264; Member since: May 18, 2013

Rumor has it that the watch is cross platform.

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