Did Microsoft just tease a Nokia smartwatch design?
By now, you’ve no doubt heard the big news from overnight, with Microsoft finally giving validity to the long-standing rumors and announcing its acquisition of Nokia. This shake-up will have ripples felt far throughout the Windows Phone world – how will the other OEMs react? – and maybe even shift the trajectory for the platform to come. Both Nokia and Microsoft have been releasing plenty of statements about the news, hoping to answer our questions and address our concerns, but part of what’s been released is only raising more questions itself, a graphic that sure seems to reveal a Nokia smartwatch.
The image above is supposed to depict the sort of innovation Nokia’s been churning out, with various form factors for smartphones and accessories. By and large, we recognize what we see up there: the 1020 with its camera grip, wireless chargers, et al. But right there along the bottom is what sure could be a smartwatch.
Either a smartwatch, at least, or some sort of fitness tracker band, though it does seem a little wide for such a use. We’ve heard plenty of rumors about Microsoft efforts to create a smartwatch, but there’s been much less chatter about a possible Nokia option. What software would it run? Would it have apps of its own at all, or just be more of an accessory watch, relying on your phone for the heavy lifting?
In any case, showing up here has us thinking that it might just be an old project that was scrapped. Then again, this new Microsoft deal could bring new attention to older designs, so there could be life in this idea yet.
Update: Looks like this isn’t a tease of anything new, but a look way back to a concept design from five years ago, the Nokia Morph. (thanks PsychoMania (Steve))