10-13-2014 06:34 AM
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  1. uberlaff's Avatar
    So... I've been thinking about this. I'm not sure Microsoft should make a "watch" themselves but should team up with Fossil, Nixon, Omega, etc. (a bunch of watch makers) to make a cross platform watch.

    I'm sure those guys to want to limit themselves to Android Wear and also want to work with iPhones. This is the perfect opportunity for them to get ahead of Google using Google's exact strategy, openness.

    MS can still make a watch, they can focus it to do what they want it to do. But if they want to "win", they should get the big watch player involved and build a platform so they can participate in this land-grab.
    luxnws likes this.
    09-16-2014 02:11 PM
  2. DavidinCT's Avatar
    I think this would be a mistake. A microsoft watch is not going to push sales of Windows phones at all I feel and to make a watch that is dedicated to Windows phone will ensure it dies an early death. That is just my opinion though.
    There is good and bad to this. If you make something across the board, then you lose your primary function, in this case, using it to fully extend Windows Phone. As for Android or iOS watches....take a look at ANY smartwatch, they will work with both OS's with full features (depending on the model).

    With Windows Phone it's a joke, not ONE watch fully works with WIndows phone....out of the dozens of models out there now, Nothing. Really ? How long has it been and there is still -0- ?????

    So, Windows Phone needs a dedicated watch, something that blows the top off the other models out there, just like apple and Andoid do...

    It might not make MS rich but, it will show WP users that it they take it seriously....because every time I think they are, they do something to screw it up some how...
    09-16-2014 08:21 PM
  3. Jose_Rey's Avatar
    I'd dig it. I've seen the Gear 2 and I'd like all those features on a WP watch. It seems just about right to me, design, size....everything. Maybe a more robust Fitness thingy, but other than that it's aight.
    09-16-2014 08:31 PM
  4. MDMcAtee's Avatar
    I think they are all ugly and wouldn't be caught wearing something so big and bulky.

    My coworker has one and it's as big as a brick on his arm. Not my style at all.

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    09-17-2014 07:58 AM
  5. HeyCori's Avatar
    Smart watches are still trying to solve a problem that doesn't exist. They don't do anything that my far more capable phone can't already do. Sure, it may be nice to respond to a text with voice commands but voice-to-text messes up a lot. It doesn't even matter what platform you're on. There's still a niche there though. For example, GPS while biking, exercise tracking... checking the time??? IMO, what smart watches really need is a SIM card that links with your smartphone. For example, you're at work but you left your phone at home. All your messages could still be pushed to your smart watch. Then you could leave your phone at home without leaving your phone at home. I think that would open up a whole new door of possibilities.
    sez who likes this.
    09-17-2014 08:41 AM
  6. Draconica5's Avatar
    Smart watches are still trying to solve a problem that doesn't exist.
    Because they are not trying to solve any problem.
    It just a product line that help people lives easier or more comfortable or just for fun.

    You don't need a shoes with wheels, right? But a lot of people still want it. :)
    09-17-2014 09:17 AM
  7. Greywolf1967's Avatar
    Smart watches are still trying to solve a problem that doesn't exist. They don't do anything that my far more capable phone can't already do. Sure, it may be nice to respond to a text with voice commands but voice-to-text messes up a lot. It doesn't even matter what platform you're on. There's still a niche there though. For example, GPS while biking, exercise tracking... checking the time??? IMO, what smart watches really need is a SIM card that links with your smartphone. For example, you're at work but you left your phone at home. All your messages could still be pushed to your smart watch. Then you could leave your phone at home without leaving your phone at home. I think that would open up a whole new door of possibilities.
    You can have that now.....just get a cheaply made China Android Smart Watch.
    More stuff..more space required, also bigger battery required, both add bulk.

    The concept is to have a flow, to follow how things are an extension of some thing. A watch only needs to be an extension of the phone, much like a finger is an extension of the hand.
    You start adding things into the watch and your eating up power. Right now people are outright enraged if you have to charge something at the end of each day. Something most do now with a phone any way.

    You need to off load the grunt work to a phone, allow the Phone to become the watches brain. The watch should have only a set number of functions. Mainly Gather readings from your body and display information the phone provides to it. Simple interactions with SMS/Email

    Yes add in Cortana, but it does not have to be full load...again have the guts of Cortana in the Phone, with base set of functions in the watch.

    The Watch by itself should only act as a Watch, with what ever few functions it needs to do so. Time Keeping Day Date Month stop watch.

    Now pair to a Phone and more comes into play...Weather/News Buzz Words/Sports Scores or any number of handy items you set on the phone to send to the watch. SMS/Email Alerts, Who's calling display and alert ( I don't think it really needs to handle the call, but maybe a feature someone wants). Media Play controls only ( does not need to show video and blast audio).

    The Watch should be the Phones second screen almost, but does not need Super Hyper Mega Turbo Retna display.....no need to watch Netflix on a watch. However not so low res as to be like the old Pocket PC pixil popping days.

    One last thing........Have you taken total leave of your mind???????????? Leave my Phone at home?????????? I'd be a bloody nervous wreck and never get any work done.
    That is like telling a crack junkie "Here is all the crack you could want.......just no pipe".
    09-21-2014 03:59 PM
  8. luxnws's Avatar
    So... I've been thinking about this. I'm not sure Microsoft should make a "watch" themselves but should team up with Fossil, Nixon, Omega, etc. (a bunch of watch makers) to make a cross platform watch.

    I'm sure those guys to want to limit themselves to Android Wear and also want to work with iPhones. This is the perfect opportunity for them to get ahead of Google using Google's exact strategy, openness.

    MS can still make a watch, they can focus it to do what they want it to do. But if they want to "win", they should get the big watch player involved and build a platform so they can participate in this land-grab.
    If MS does go into wearables, they should definitely partner with a consumer oriented company. But the high fashion market probably isn't where they should be. Remember the original Microsoft watch?

    Go outside and see who is actually wearing high tech wearables right now - it's the sports/fitness enthusiasts. There is Garmin at the high end with devices with integrated heart rate monitors, relatively accurate mileage counts using gps tracking with specialized workout software. At the low end there is Fitbit and Jawbone selling their electronic pedometers and simple but often effective goal setting fitness software. This is where Apple's entry could make a noticeable impact if their watch can take the daily physical pounding and if their software is any good. It's too bad the Bing Health app in Windows Phone cannot access the data from the various fitness devices but probably there isn't much incentive given Fitbit and Jawbone (soon on Windows Phone according to WPCentral) have their own apps.
    09-21-2014 05:51 PM
  9. Wall-SWE's Avatar
    You forgot smartwatch only have 1 inch touchscreen, right? You have no idea what you're talking about.
    • Quick adjust volume when playing music without open the watch screen.
    • Zoom in/out on map by scrolling the crown instead putting your 2 finger on the watch screen.
    • Scrolling contact list and still can read the screen.
    • bla bla...

    In short, the crown help you doing something on your watch without being half covered by your finger.
    The crown is stupid. Zoom, how about double touch the screen? If you zoom with the crown you will still need to pan with you fingers to where you want. Adjust volume drag your finger up or down on the screen? Scrolling is a UI question.
    10-13-2014 06:34 AM
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