Rumor has it that Google, Apple and Samsung are working on smartwatches to help push the limits of wearable computing. Now a new report suggests that Microsoft is working on its own mobile watch device. The news was published early Monday morning by The Wall Street Journal, which also said that the gadget may have a 1.5-inch touchscreen display.
It’s unclear if the device will run a lighter version of Windows Phone or a new OS entirely, although we suspect that it will pack Windows Phone, especially since the “square” tiles could operate perfectly as live tiles. As The Wall Street Journal notes, this isn’t Microsoft’s first foray into the smartwatch space. The company did so back in 2003 when it sold watches that offered more features than a standard wristwatch, such as an FM radio, but weren’t necessarily “smart” as we use the definition in connected devices today.
It’s unclear when Microsoft will deliver the product to market, if ever, but typically a leak from an Asian supplier means either Microsoft is working to secure parts or has started production.