Microsoft announces plans for next-gen Band wearable

While smartphone makers from Apple, to Motorola, to Samsung (and more) have all expanded into the world of smartwatches, other manufacturers are taking a more tempered approach, testing the waters with devices that are closer in construction and feature set to fitness trackers to full-on smartwatches: firms like HTC and Motorola fall into that camp. Last fall the latter brought us the Microsoft Band, a cross-platform wearable with a focus on exercise and health. Recently, we’ve been hearing that Microsoft could be in the midst of developing that model’s follow-up, and today we get confirmation that a next-gen Band is in the works.

So says Microsoft COO Kevin Turner, speaking at the currently underway Worldwide Partner Conference.

Unfortunately, Turner didn’t have much to say about the project, touching on neither technical improvements nor anything like a launch window for the new Band. Earlier rumors didn’t contribute much along those lines, either, speaking only to development work being conducted by Microsoft teams in Europe. Then again, if we’re to assume that we’re looking at another later-October launch this year, at least we’ve got plenty of time to go between now and then, offering ample time for some more detailed information about the wearable to emerge.

Source: Windows Central

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