These days, it seems that everyone has a plan when it comes to wearable tech. And now, according to Forbes, that list of companies includes Microsoft who are set to unveil their own smartwatch within the ‘coming weeks’.
While smartwatches powered by Google’s Android Wear are already available from the likes of Sony, Motorola and LG, (Samsung is forging ahead with its Tizen powered Gear smartwatch range) Microsoft is clearly looking to get ahead of the other major tech giant, Apple, when it comes to availability.
But whether or not Microsoft beats Apple to the stores, the first big drawcard to the firm’s supposed watch is the fact that it’s rumoured to be compatible with Windows Phone operating system as well as Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms – this would put it right out front when it comes to compatibility.
The second is a rumoured two-day battery life, which would put the smartwatch way ahead of many of its competitors who have just a single day of usage in them before requiring nightly top-ups – even Apple’s much anticipated smartwatch is sparse on battery life claims at the moment ahead of its slated ‘early 2015’ launch.
Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella has been on a mission since taking over as head of the company from Steve Ballmer and has paid particular attention to making Microsoft’s products available on multiple platforms – case in point Office for iPad and Android tablets.
Whether or not Microsoft will succeed at making cross-platform hardware is yet to be seen but we’re keeping our eyes out for any more rumours of the upcoming smartwatch.