When it comes to wearables, many tech giants have unveiled their efforts. For example we’ve seen offerings from the likes of Samsung, LG, Motorola, Acer, Huawei, and Qualcomm, just to name a few. Apple has been rumored to be working on a wearable of their own, which is why it isn’t surprising to hear that Microsoft might be interested as well.
There have been rumors that Microsoft could be planning their own wearable, but now thanks to a source a VentureBeat, they have confirmed that this will be true. Apparently the device will be linked with Microsoft’s HealthVault, a feature which has been in development since 2007. For those wondering about HealthVault, it is somewhat similar to Apple’s HealthKit which basically gathers health-related data about the user into a single location.
However we should point out that HealthVault has been in the works since 2007, so perhaps Microsoft might have the edge in terms of releasing a more polished final product. Unfortunately VentureBeat’s sources went on to claim that it would be months before Microsoft actually releases its health wearable, so we’re not sure if this means it will see a late 2014 release of early 2015 release, but it’ll definitely be worth keeping an eye out for.
We have also previously heard that Microsoft’s smartwatch could be compatible with iOS and Android devices as well, which is a nice change since we expect that Apple’s iWatch will most likely be an iOS exclusive. Naturally Microsoft declined to share additional information about HealthVault or its rumored smartwatch.