Microsoft Killed The Nokia Smartwatch

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Even though Windows Phone is pretty much bringing up the rear when it comes to smartphone adoption, there’s no denying that Nokia made some quality smartphones. Information has surfaced that the company was also working on a Nokia Smartwatch. Unfortunately when Microsoft acquired Nokia, they killed the watch – dubbed Moonraker – because they were already working on the Microsoft Band which, according to sources, had more functionality.

The existence of the watch was posted by Pei-Chi Hsieh (a Microsoft design employee) on a Tumblr account and has since been removed. The images were discovered by Evan Blass, a once popular smartphone design leaker. It is believed that the images were intended for marketing purposes and not just design concepts.

Moonraker paired to your smartphone and ran on a simplified version of the familiar Windows Phone “Metro” interface and included email, phone, and messaging apps. It even had sensors that allowed users to read texts when they lifted their arm and turned off the display when dropping your arm back down. It even had a camera remote feature allowing users to take photos from a smartphone remotely and had built-in Facebook and MixRadio integration, customizable watch faces and different colored straps.


An image showing some of the different functionality of the Nokia smartwatch.


An image showing further functionality of the Nokia smartwatch.

What do you think about the design of the Nokia smartwatch? Would you have purchased one had it made it to market? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.

  Source: The Verge
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