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Microsoft's wearable device is said to be priced around $200

Well-connected Microsoft reporter Paul Thurrott has some information on the Redmond, Washington-based company's rumored entry into the burgeoning market of wearable devices. Google has its Android Wear platform, Samsung has smartwatches based on Tizen and Apple is reportedly preparing its own “iWatch,” which will reportedly be revealed this fall.
Microsoft’s entry into the wearables market is said to provide “smartphone-based notifications” and will work with any major smartphone platform (Window Phone, Android, iOS, etc.) without any restrictions. In addition, Thurrott says that Microsoft’s device will be more of a wristband than an actual smartwatch, although it will provide a display that shows the current time.

The wearable device is also said to include a plethora of sensors to measure your heart rate, calories burned, and steps taken. The information gleaned from the wearable device would also interface with such Microsoft apps/services as Bing Health and Healthvault.
According to Thurrott, Microsoft’s latest hardware offering will be priced around $200 and will be available in Q4.

Sources: Paul Thurrott's Supersite for Windows, U.S. Patent Office

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By Labotomizer on 7/3/2014 10:24:25 AM , Rating: 5
The app the Verge talks about was FAR better than what's available now. There has been a Youtube app for loooong time. The thing was, the Microsoft Youtube app was actually better than Google's own apps on iOS and Android. I know you won't believe that, but it was. It was excellent. Google writes their apps using native code for the platforms and even allows third party apps to do so. However for Microsoft they forced them to write it all in HTML5, so it's basically a wrapper for their web version. And to make that even worse they reduced functionality of the mobile version on Windows Phone.

I get that you hate when someone says something negative about Google but at least try to be somewhat impartial. And just because Microsoft has done similar things in the past, things that they were condemned for and had to pay significant fines on, does NOT mean that it's okay for Google to act the same way. Considering you're not a Windows Phone user you can't call it FUD because you weren't the one trying to use the app. You're doing that because it is something that paints Google in a negative light and you can't bare the idea of that happening. Even when it's 100% substantiated.

By Reclaimer77 on 7/3/14, Rating: -1
By atechfan on 7/3/2014 11:17:27 AM , Rating: 4
The fact that Microsoft has to depend so heavily on Google services, not their own, speaks volumes about how viable Windows Phone is. YouTube belongs to Google, you don't have some god-given right to it, Microsoft.

The vast majority of Google's revenues come from advertising viewed on Windows PCs. Who depends on who? Google doesn't want to start a denial of services fight with Microsoft. MS could utterly crush Google by making ad-blocking integrated into Windows and turning it on by default. Of course they wouldn't, as it would also destroy the internet as we know it, killing all websites that offer free, ad-supported content.

Well, they could, I suppose, make Bing ads exempt from the blocking, forcing everyone to switch. But the fines for that could probably keep a few failing EU countries afloat.

By Reclaimer77 on 7/3/2014 11:23:01 AM , Rating: 2
Google doesn't want to start a denial of services fight with Microsoft.

Of course they don't. That's what I'm saying here! Why would Google want to do this? It makes no sense.

By Reclaimer77 on 7/3/2014 11:36:54 AM , Rating: 2
This is the same kind of sensationalists slant used, especially on Daily Tech, to suggest a routine conflict with one solitary publisher is "evidence" that Amazon is becoming a monopolistic troll in the e-book market.

I'm just saying...

"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA

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