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Microsoft said to enter the smartwatch wars, won't be leaving Android users behind

Microsoft is set on staying relevant. The rumor mill is at it again, this time with news of Microsoft possibly entering the smartwatch market soon.
May 30, 2014
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Today’s mobile industry is more demanding than ever. Those who don’t rush to the market will be left behind. We can take Windows Phone as the perfect example, a platform that is still struggling to get apps on board, while the others are growing exponentially. They may have trusted the computer market too much, but Microsoft is set on never making the same mistake again.

The rumor mill is at it again, this time with news of Microsoft possibly re-entering the smartwatch market soon. Sources “with knowledge of the company’s plans” state the upcoming smartwatch will be very similar to Samsung’s Gear Fit, which is a rather unconventional design to go with.

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It’s also said to include sensors and technology that assimilates that of the Kinect. It will detect motion and heart-rate information, making for what seems to be a health-focused wearable. This all makes sense, but it seems Microsoft is taking design another route.

Aside from it being similar to the Gear Fit, this “Surface” smartwatch will also have an LCD display oriented towards the lower side of your wrist. I have seen this in many watches before (usually for women), but this would be the first time this style comes to a smartwatch. I am wondering one thing, though: would you be able to just turn it around and use it normally?

The golden factor

All of that sounds great and all, but why would we, an Android-dedicated website, cover this rumor? Well, the trick here is that Microsoft is not only targeting their own users with this smartwatch. The rumored device is said to work with Android, as well as Windows Phone and iOS!

And this makes total sense. Let’s be honest – do you think Microsoft can survive in the smartwatch market only selling units to Windows Phone users? It would be a great idea for the Redmond giant to go cross-platform, at least at first.

I certainly can’t wait to see what Microsoft could have under its sleeve, but we are still rooting for Android wear at this point (of course!). Do remember this is a rumor, though. We wouldn’t hold our breath on this until more details emerge.