Online rumor mill fueled by alleged Microsoft sources
Microsoft sources told The Verge that the company's Surface Group is now testing smartwatch prototypes with a Surface connector. These smartwatches are running a "modified version of Windows 8, with a focus on integrating the device with other Windows-powered devices." The display is rumored to be 1.5-inches and three to four times harder than glass; that's because the display is made of oxynitride aluminum, better known as transparent aluminum. Thus the Scotty reference as he helped create the transparent metal to save the whales in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
Microsoft sources told AmongTech the watch's removable wristbands will be "available in a variety of colors Blue, Red, Yellow, Black, White and Gray." The smartwatch prototype is "mostly based on cloud storage" and "won't have to be connected to a smartphone" as the watch will have its "own 4G LTE and 6GB of internal storage."
These smartwatches may be part of Microsoft's corporate reorganization; CEO Steve Ballmer said Windows is now only a "shell" and that Microsoft will offer a "complete spectrum" of devices that he dubbed a "family of devices."
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