MICROSOFT'S first wearable device reportedly won't be a smartwatch after all, with new reports claiming that the firm is instead working on a fitness tracker similar to the Samsung Gear Fit.
Winsupersite's Paul Thurrott has the scoop, having heard from his sources that Microsoft will release a fitness band similar to the Samsung Gear Fit, rather than a smartwatch device. The report also claims that unlike Samsung's fitness offering, Microsoft's tracker will be compaible with iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices.
While its bumper compatibility offering differs from competing products, Microsoft's yet-unnamed fitness band likely will boast much of the same functionality as the Gear Fit, for example. Thurrott writes that the device will come kitted out with multiple sensors, allowing it to track a users' steps, calories burned and heart rate, data which will be made available through Microsoft's Bing Fitness and Health app.
According to a rumour that surfaced in May, Microsoft's wearable will come with an "always-on" heart rate monitor, getting one up on Samsung's Gear Fit, which has to be activated manually.
The fitness tracker also reportedly will display smartphone notifications on its screen that likely will "measure about half the size of a stick of gum", and will - unsurprisingly - come with support for third-party apps. Previous speculation also points to a two-day battery life.
According to Thurrott, the Microsoft fitness device will cost the same as the Samsung Gear Fit, which means that it likely will retail for around £200. The device is expected to debut in the fourth quarter.
Microsoft declined to comment on the speculation, with a spokesperson saying, "We have nothing to share." µ
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