Microsoft may have been planning a Zune Nano according to design patents discovered on Tuesday.
Manan Kakkar at Techie Buzz revealed several images of what is believed to be Microsoft’s Zune Nano, a competitor to the popular Apple iPod Nano. Microsoft’s patent application was filed on April 27, 2009 and issued on Tuesday. Microsoft describes the images as “a front perspective view of a media player showing our new design.” Microsoft has not produced a new Zune device since the HD, released on September 15 2009. The company is believed to be rebranding the Zune name into Xbox or Windows Live.
Company officials confirmed on Tuesday that Xbox is the core of Microsoft’s entertainment platform. The software giant looks likely to launch a Fusion set of products, services or games at the E3 entertainment expo next week. Stay tuned to E3 to hear if there’s any hints at what Microsoft may plan for its Zune brand and devices, maybe we’ll see the Zune Nano one day but I doubt it.