Report: Microsoft smartwatch to feature cross-platform capability

Microsoft's impending smartwatch will be cross-platform compatible and feature a slim band design that puts the display on the inside of the wrist, according to a report from Tom's Hardware.

The smartwatch reportedly also will house 11 sensors and several different chips, including processors from Atmel and TI, according to the article.

In May, Forbes reported on the device's cross-platform capabilities and that the device would tap the vendor's Xbox Kinect optical engineering expertise. According to the article, Microsoft's smartwatch may be an innovation step above Samsung's Gear Fit, given its continuous tracking capability. Gear Fit requires users to manually turn on the device every time for use.

This latest news on Microsoft's smartwatch, which reportedly will be available in October, comes just weeks after Google debuted new smartwatches running on its mHealth platform. The LG G Smartwatch and the Samsung Gear Live Smartwatch are both Web-connected and operate on Google's Android Wear software.

Numerous other tech giants have stepped into the smartwatch arena. In March, Google offered a sneak peek at its mHealth strategy, revealing that its wearables will provide information pulled in from messaging apps and Google notification services. And last month, Apple unveiled its HealthKit offering at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

BlackBerry, in combination with NantHealth, is readying a healthcare smartphone, as well.

For more information:
- read the article at Tom's Hardware

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