Microsoft has been working on a smartwatch for over a year, but according to recent reports the company has moved testing for the wearable technology to the same team that brought us the Surface tablet. The latest prototype features oxynitride aluminum, a translucent aluminum that is three times stronger than glass. The watch will reportedly launch with removable wristbands in a variety of colors, AmongTech reports.
The latest Microsoft smartwatch news was also confirmed by The Verge, which added that the device may run a specialized version of Windows 8 developed to interact with other Windows devices. The Surface smartwatch will allegedly come with LTE support, 6GB of storage and additional storage could likely provided by SkyDrive. It will also display notifications and music controls.
Previously, Microsoft’s Xbox accessories team was heading the company’s smartwatch development. A report in April noted that the company was considering a 1.5-inch display for the “Joule,” which would monitor the wearer’s heart rate. However, that model has allegedly been scrapped for a new aluminum design.