Windows Watch? Microsoft Smartwatch Will Release This Year, Report Says; Wearable Will Include Two-Day Battery Life And Connect To iPhone, Android And Windows Phone

By Connor Sears , Updated Oct 20, 2014 10:09 AM EDT
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Of the three major players in the mobile device market – Google, Apple and Microsoft – we've seen smartwatches from two of them. Now, Microsoft seems to be getting in the game with a smartwatch that will sport a two-day battery life and connectivity with iPhones, Androids and Windows Phones alike, Forbes reported.

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According to the report, Microsoft should be announcing its wearable within the next few weeks to be able to cash in during the holiday season. The device's reported two-day battery life would give it an edge over the current selection of Android-based smartwatches that generally have to be recharged once per day.

More important, however, is the report that Microsoft is aiming to get this device to support connectivity with all different kinds of smartphones, from iPhones to Androids to Windows Phones. Unsurprisingly, Apple's announced Apple Watch will only pair with specific iPhones, and wearables running Google's Android Wear operating system need a corresponding Android phone to function. It was an obvious move for Microsoft not to make the Windows Watch (for lack of an official name) exclusively pair to Windows Phones, considering the small market share Microsoft has in the smartphone department. Making its wearable cross-platform compatible, though, could give Microsoft's watch a distinct market advantage by opening up their product to virtually everyone, no matter what kind of smartphone they have.

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Google was the first tech giant to get in on the smartwatch market in a big way with Android Wear, an operating system specifically designed for wearables. Major manufacturers have already put out supporting devices for the Android Wear, including Motorola's Moto 360, LG's G Watch and Samsung's Gear Live. Apple announced its introduction into the market last month with the Apple Watch. Apple won't quite make the same holiday season launch window that the Windows Watch is said to be targeting, instead announcing an "early 2015" release date.

Of course, perhaps the most exciting aspect of a prospective Windows Watch would be the ability to talk to Cortana through a communicator on your wrist. Keep your eyes peeled for an official announce within the next few weeks.

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