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Canceled Nokia Moonraker smartwatch appears in hands-on video

by Killian Bell | November 15, 2016November 15, 2016 5:06 am PDT

Nokia was working on its very own smartwatch before its hardware business was acquired by Microsoft in 2014. Codenamed Moonraker, the device never saw the light of day, but it was at least close — according to the new hands-on video below.

This isn’t the first time we’ve laid eyes on Moonraker; the device first appeared in June 2015 in leaked promotional images. However, this is the first time we’ve seen the smartwatch, which looks a little like the original LG G Watch in black, in action.

As you can see in the video below, the device boasts a swipe-based interface (likely based on Symbian) and features like a step counter, find my phone, a music app, and even Facebook. A physical button lets you switch between the watch face and the app interface.

It’s unclear why Microsoft decided to scrap Moonraker, but it was probably a mixture of strong competition from the likes of Apple and Google, and a focus on its own Microsoft Band. The company was working on a third model, but it appears to have given up on wearables now.

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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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