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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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RE: LOL
By Reclaimer77 on 7/3/2014 11:46:52 AM , Rating: 2
I know what he was referring to. Google is consolidating services into it's own apps, to ensure a consistent and better end-user experience for all users . Mind you this is NO WAY prevents others from promoting, developing, and distributing competing services. All of which Google freely allows and supports.

They are also blocking OEM's from making custom UI schemes on certain versions of Android. And even though these custom UI schemes have been mostly a blight on Android, responsible for millions of users complaints, on Daily Tech this is more evidence of Google's evil monopolistic behavior apparently.

Everywhere else on the Internet, this is accepted as a good thing. If you go back a few years ago, these were the CHIEF criticisms about Android! So now that Google is addressing those complaints, and making Android a better platform for all users (not just ones who bought the "right" phone from the "right OEM), it's a bad thing?

On Daily Tech it's portrayed by the same haters as being the apocalypse, signs that Google has a "monopoly" (wtf?), and of course that they are not "not being evil".

And anyone pointing out the absurdity of this, is labeled a fanboi or whatever and trolled, flamed down and dismissed.

I don't even really think I'm some huge Google fanboi. But compared to FUD of this level, ANYONE disagreeing seems that way I guess.


RE: LOL
By themaster08 on 7/3/2014 2:56:50 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I know what he was referring to. Google is consolidating services into it's own apps, to ensure a consistent and better end-user experience for all users . Mind you this is NO WAY prevents others from promoting, developing, and distributing competing services. All of which Google freely allows and supports.
I personally don't have a problem with Google doing this. In fact, it's a good thing that Google does this, as it means that users are less dependent on carriers updating the OS.

If more of the OS is consolidated into the Play Store, it means that core apps can be updated at a much faster rate. This bypasses the molasses slow carrier OS updates, which become less significant as more of the core OS is moved to GMS.


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