It appears that Microsoft no longer believes that its purported smartwatch should fall under the responsibilities of the Xbox accessories team, with inside sources claiming that the Surface team is now in charge of the device’s development.
The sources told The Verge in a recent report that the device is expected to run a modified version of Windows 8 and will be compatible with other Windows devices. Other rumored info regarding the device includes a built-in heart rate monitor, 6GB of storage (with the possibility of cloud storage options), and LTE connectivity. The company has also been requesting 1.5-inch displays from parts manufacturers and has been testing a prototype model with an Oxyntride Aluminum housing, a type of translucent aluminum that is supposed to be three times harder than glass. The Microsoft smartwatch is also expected to be offered in a variety of colors and will have removable wristbands.
Microsoft is not alone in its endeavors, however, with Apple and Samsung both reportedly working on their own smartwatches as well. That said, none of the companies, including Microsoft, have confirmed the fact that they are working on such devices just yet.