This is the Nokia Moonraker, a smartwatch killed by Microsoft

By Scorpus
Jun 12, 2015
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    Up until the company's acquisition by Microsoft, Nokia was working on a smartwatch known as 'Moonraker', which featured a square display, a Windows Phone-like operating system, and colorful straps that matched the bold style used on the company's Lumia smartphones.

    According to The Verge, Nokia had been working on the Moonraker for some time, and were planning to announce it alongside the Lumia 930. The company had shown off working prototypes behind closed doors at Mobile World Congress in 2014, and were close to launching the product, but Microsoft ultimately canceled it after their acquisition of Nokia cleared in April last year.

    The Moonraker would have come with an OS closely modelled on Windows Phone, using a familiar 'Metro' style throughout apps for emails, messages, calendar events and fitness tracking. Nokia had also developed an app for remote camera execution, and were planning to integrate MixRadio and Facebook as well as basic functionality such as customizable watch faces.

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    Part of the reason why Microsoft killed the Moonraker is because the company was already working on their own wearable, the Band. Microsoft believed the Band had more functionality and more sensors, so the Moonraker was essentially a surplus device.

    Images of the Moonraker have only surfaced now, thanks to the blog of a Microsoft design employee (which has since been taken down). The images, seen above and below, were reportedly going to be used as part of the Moonraker's marketing and showed a near-final version of the device.

    While the Moonraker ultimately died at the hands of Microsoft, the company is committed to improving their wearable platform. Microsoft is expected to launch a second-generation Band later this year, and could eventually branch out into the smartwatch realm once demand for such a device increases.

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  2. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 1,828   +880

    MS probably want's launch their own smartwatch along side windows 10 for phones. If the OS on the watch simply looked like windows phone without the actually OS, I can see how MS wouldn't really like it. They're probably working on a windows 10 kernel to use on smartwatches
  3. Microsoft is a time traveler and screw up everything
  4. The Chad

    The Chad TS Enthusiast Posts: 23   +7

    Yet Apple is the one playing catch up to everyone, while Microsoft is has been knocking it out of the park lately on pretty much everything. Hololens, partnering with Oculus and Windows 10 unified architecture with universal apps, XBOX ONE integration game streaming to PC and one of the most customer interactive development processes in modern times. chcSmart watches are a pretty stupid tech as many are finding with the Apple watch. Microsoft is working on the future while Apple is falling from grace with the untimely passing of Steve Jobs and the worthless CEO Tim Cook.
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