Microsoft licenses smartwatch technologies to Casio in patent deal
Microsoft has announced it has entered into a new patent licensing agreement with Casio. And while most patent licensing deals seem rather dull to onlookers, what makes this one interesting is that Microsoft will specifically be licensing smartwatch technologies to the Japanese watchmaker.
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While it's easy to run away with wild speculation on deals like this, the reality is that Casio is most likely taking advantage of Microsoft's many wearables patents to further differentiate its Android Wear lineup. While that might sting a little for anyone hoping for some sort of Microsoft Band-related news, patent licensing is a solid way for Microsoft to stay involved in wearables from a distance.
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I would love for MS to be bringing something else out but they have left it too long. My 4th split Band got sent back last week and the UK store no longer has any stock so I am getting a cheque in the post. I now need to buy something else as MS have nothing I can replace it with which means I will be moving to a new platform. Much as I don't want to as soon as I make that investment I would find it very hard to come back.
It's not a case. It's a replacement shell. It doesn't add any thickness like a case does.
HUH HUH HUH.
Still rocking my 3rd replacement Band 2, with both sides next to the screen ripping.
While I'm extremely sceptic regarding smartwatches in general (FWIW I only owned a pebble and ended up giving it away), I would prefer MS to branch out in that direction, but that would only make sense if they could either differentiate somehow on the software side, or make a solid hardware that leaves others in the dust. Because let's face it: it just won't work otherwise. Apple has their watch, Android users have a slew of watches to choose from, and if we don't grab the attention of those users, it's simply not commercially viable for MS to invest in a smartwatch for the WP fanbase alone.
Just another thing nuttela shut down because he didn't want to be bothered trying to make money on it.
Ingot 3 replacements under warranty, the 3rd one is ripping on both sides of the screen.
Nadella frauded ppl with bought band2 even removing the sdk from download
This man should be prosecuted by law and got into jail
If (when) mine starts to split I know I can keep it going, providing I can avoid the other great killer- battery issues!