Microsoft is reportedly joining Apple, Samsung and LG in the race to develop a smart watch.
The software giant is working on designs for a touchscreen watch device, according to the Wall Street Journal, which cited anonymous executives at suppliers.
In early 2013, Microsoft asked Asian suppliers to ship parts for a potential watch-style device, the executives said. One source added that he had a meeting with Microsoft’s research and development team at its Redmond, Wash. headquarters.
Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request to confirm reports.
he company is no stranger to wrist computing. It previously collaborated with Fossil and other watchmakers to create the Smart Personal Object Technology, which was a watch that could link to a user’s PC computer via a cable. SPOT provided stock, weather and other updates.
Rumors that Microsoft’s competitors are developing smart watches have also swirled online. Sources inside Apple’s Cupertino, Calif. headquarters confirmed in February that the company is working on a wristwatch made with curved glass.
A Samsung executive said last month that the Korean electronics giant has been “preparing the watch product for so long.“
And for its part, LG is also getting into the smart-watch game, according to sources.