The race to put out a smartwatch consumers may or may not want has a new contender in Microsoft.
The Verge, citing sources familiar with the Microsoft’s plans, said the company’s Surface team is now prototyping devices.
The report also cites details from AmongTech that claim the wearable device could feature 6 GB of storage and LTE support. The same report mentions the device could be built from a “translucent aluminum” that is much harder than glass.
Microsoft’s rumored smartwatch plans join an already crowded field of purported wristwatch devices in the works. The rumor mill is working hardest on Apple’s reported “iWatch,” with a recent Financial Times report [subscription required] suggesting that Cupertino is aggressively hiring talent to aid in the device’s development.
The hype surrounding smartwatches seemed to start around the time that Pebble, a Kickstarter-funded smartwatch, gained traction. The Pebble has since sold 275,000 units through its Kickstarter, seen more than one million apps downloaded and moved into retail with a spot on shelves at Best Buy.