As rumors swirl that Apple will soon release an iOS-powered smartwatch affectionately dubbed iWatch by the tech blogosphere, other leading names in mobile technology aren’t being so secretive about their plans to release a similar product.
On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Microsoft may soon join the smartwatch product arena.
Executives at Microsoft’s Asian suppliers admit that the company is, indeed, working on designs for a touch-enabled “watch-style” gadget.
Earlier this year, Microsoft asked suppliers in Asia to ship components for a potential watch-style device, the executives said. One executive said he met with Microsoft’s research and development team at the software company’s Redmond, Wash., headquarters. But it’s unclear whether Microsoft will opt to move ahead with the watch, they said.
Internal testing, however, has reportedly already begun.
Last last month, Google’s purported work on a forthcoming smart watch was chronicled by the Financial Times, while The Korea Times suggested that electronics maker LG is doing the same on a smartwatch of its own.
As of this writing, there is no confirmation of a looming smartwatch release by any of these potential makers.