Microsoft could be preparing to toss its hat into the smartwatch market with the launch of its own wrist-mounted device.
A report form The Verge cited sources from Redmond in claiming that the firm is working on a wrist-mounted addition to the Surface line. The report claims that the device, which had previously been affiliated with the Xbox brand.
The report did not give possible release dates for the Microsoft smartwatch, though the device is said to exist in prototype form.
Should Microsoft decide to enter the smartwatch market, the firm could find itself with some company. In addition to rumours of a watch device being developed in Redmond, Apple has been heavily rumoured to be developing a wrist-based addition to its iOS line of devices and has already applied for trademarks on the term iWatch. Reports suggest that the Apple device will be ready for unveiling by the end of this year.
Google has also been tied to a watch project, with reports spurred by company patent filings suggesting that the firm is developing a wrist-mounted device, which could be integrated into either the Android or Glass product families.
Despite the hype surrounding smartwatch releases from the biggest names in the consumer electronics space, it is a crowd-funded startup firm that has been the first to market with a device. The Pebble watch has been shipping for months and will be available in stores soon.
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