Microsoft is gearing to launch its long-rumoured smartwatch in the next few weeks, according to Forbes. The company has been planning to release a wearable for some time, and has now finalized the design and platform support.
According to Forbes’ sources, Microsoft’s wearable will be a smartwatch that, like many Android Wear devices, measures one’s heart rate, and will be compatible with Android, iOS and Windows Phones. We reported in July that Microsoft would put an emphasis on fitness, and the device “would be packed with sensors.”
Not only will the wearable launch before Apple’s Watch, which is slated for early 2015, but it will reportedly sport battery life of more than two days, double what most Android Wear devices offer and similar to Samsung’s line of Tizen-powered wearables.
The device will likely have a version of Cortana, Microsoft’s personal assistant, on board, and will be able to communicate with its Xbox One system as well.