Nokia Smartwatch coming later this year?


WhistleOut
31 March 2014


Nokia smartwatch concept from Drippler

It’s not surprising to hear rumours that Nokia is working on wearable technology. Speculation about a Nokia smartwatch has been sparked following a tweet from WPCentral’s Daniel Rubino stating that Nokia wearables will not be out until ‘later this year’ after the Build conference in April.

A Nokia smartwatch, or other wearable device, is likely to interface with the Windows Phone ecosystem. Whether it’ll come running the full Windows Phone OS, or if it will have some kind of slimmed-down version that merely interfaces with WP, hasn’t been hinted at.

Despite Nokia’s recent Nokia X Android handsets shown off at MWC in Feb, we doubt the company’s first foray in to wearables will follow suit. Its main line of devices has been Windows Phone for too long now. Add to that its purchase by Microsoft and the announcement of the Cortana voice-interface service for Windows Phone coming in 2015 and everything points to WP.

Nokia could nail this

Nokia has one serious thing going for it: eye-catching design. The Lumia line of devices successfully injected vibrant colours in to a smartphone market that at the time rarely stepped outside of the black/grey/white scheme. We’d love to see the company’s take on wearable tech.

We also think a Metro smartwatch could be a hit in terms of usability and look. The colourful Live Tile system would be eye-catching while providing important information at a glance. It’s also one of the more elegant UIs out there when it comes to appearance, which is an important factor when considering a device that is as much a personal fashion statement as it is a tool of utility.

A potential hitch is that Nokia’s flagship devices tend to fall on the chunky side of the divide. Oversized tech is one of the biggest sins you can make with wearables, as demonstrated by the catastrophic return-rate of Samsung’s cumbersome Galaxy Gear in 2013. Nokia is going to need to focus on slimming down its design style as much as possible, and on getting rid of those often spacious bezels around the edges of its displays if it's going to jump aboard the smartwatch gravy train.

Image source: Drippler


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