It is no secret that Microsoft is working on convergence of its operating platforms, even as the company is venturing into new fields and form factors. Smartwatches, for example.
And the earliest of signs have now been spotted.
The recent developer preview release of Windows 8.1 Update 1 has been put under the microscope, and this new version of the mobile operating system does, in fact, come with the necessary APIs for this linking up to happen. Early signs that something is cooking.
These APIs are actually for OEMs and hardware vendors so that they can make sure that their smartwatches (or other such accessories) are compatible with Microsoft’s mobile OS.
As this report reveals, these APIs offer support for smartwatches primarily, allowing partner companies ability to include features like phone call management, alarms and reminders, as well as a notifications manager — the usual stuff for now.
You can take a look at them here on this Pastebin link.
What would be really interesting is if these APIs are opened up for developers as well. Sure hardware manufacturers are in on the fun, but third-party developers can really put these to good use.
In any case, this much seems fairly certain that Windows Phone users will soon get access to smartwatches and other wearables. About time too.