We have been hearing rumors about a Microsoft Smartwatch for some time, and now it looks like we have more details on the device. This new Microsoft wearable gadget is apparently not a smartwatch but a wristband for fitness tracking.
The news comes from Paul Thurrott, who has said that the Microsoft Smartwatch is more of a fitness tracker than an actual smartwatch, the device will apparently have similar features to the Samsung Gear Fit.
The device is apparently primarily designed for fitness, although it will display notifications from your smartphone like emails, calls and more, as well as featuring fitness tracking.
What makes the Microsoft device different is that it will be cross platform compatible, Samsung’s smart watches only work with Samsung device, Android Wear devices only work with Android, and the Apple iWatch is expected to be compatible with iOS only.
Microsoft are apparently taking a different approach with their wearable gadget, the device will apparently work with Windows Phone devices, Android devices and iOS devices.
With regards to the fitness functions of this new Microsoft Smartwatch, for Microsoft Wristband, the device will track things like heart rate, calories burned, steps etc.
The company is apparently planning to launch the device some time in quarter four, we wonder if it could be announced at IFA 2014 in September, and then go on sale in October.
As soon as we get some more information on this new fitness tracking wearable gadget from Microsoft, including some actual photos of the device, we will let you guys know.
Source Paul Thurrott