Microsoft is preparing to launch a smartwatch within the coming few weeks. It will passively track a user’s heart rate and work across different mobile platforms, Forbes reported on Sunday. The wearable gadget’s battery life will exceed two days of regular use, citing unnamed sources close to the project. It will arrive in stores soon after being unveiled in an effort to capture the holiday season.
Apple unveiled a smartwatch on Sept. 9 that will combine health and fitness tracking with communications and will go on sale in early 2015, while Samsung unveiled its Galaxy Gear smartwatch in Microsoft’s long-rumored smartwatch plans will reach fruition in just a few weeks time, insiders claim, with what’s said to be a fitness-centric wearable expected to debut imminently. As per Forbes’ sources, that time is almost here. Described as a smartwatch rather than a fitness tracker more akin to Jawbone’s UP24, for instance, the wearable tracks heart rate among other metrics. Lending weight to the idea of it being a more comprehensively featured smartwatch is the suggestion that it will have battery life of around two days.
Interestingly, according to the leaks the Microsoft wearable will offer cross-platform support, rather than being limited to just the company’s own Windows Phone OS. That would represent a different approach to Google with Android Wear and Apple with the Apple Watch, both of which only work with Android and iOS respectively. According to Forbes, the Microsoft device will be on sale “soon after launch” so as to reach shoppers in time for the holiday season.
Previous leaks have said to have wireless charging, along with notification support and calculating the distance moved, along with number of calories burnt. Microsoft declined to comment.