Did you know that the Microsoft Band is not the first smartwatch Microsoft wanted to release? Prior to rolling out the Band devices, the tech company got its hands on the Nokia Moonraker back in 2014. It just never released it.
The Nokia Moonraker could have been the first smartwatch specially designed for the Windows platform, but it never saw the light of day due to unfavorable circumstances.
If you’re a Nokia Moonraker nostalgic, you’ll be glad to learn that a new 360° video of the smartwatch has been leaked. Actually, this is only a nine second GIF, showing a rotating green Nokia Moonraker. The video was revealed by the well-known leaker Evan Blass.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 8, 2016
The smartwatch was designed by Nokia, but Microsoft probably didn’t think users would be interested in such a device and killed it. Or maybe the company didn’t want any competition — not even internally — for its Band wearable. Nokia was actually planning to roll out its Moonraker smartwatch around the time it released the Lumia 930, and could have possibly bundled the two. However, Microsoft stepped in, acquired Nokia — and we know the rest of the story.
In our humble opinion, rolling out the Nokia Moonraker would have been a smart decision as the smartwatch leveraged many of the aesthetics of the modern Windows Phone design.
The Moonraker smartwatch could support simple email, phone, and messaging apps. Moreover, there was even a camera remote feature, allowing Windows phone owners to control their phone’s camera using the watch.
Facebook integration was also built-in, and users had the possibility to customize the watch faces and use different colored straps.
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