Is a Google smartwatch just months away?


October 29, 2013

Google could reportedly hit full production of its Android-powered smartwatch within months (original: Shutterstock)

Google could reportedly hit full production of its Android-powered smartwatch within months (original: Shutterstock)

Smartwatches like the Samsung Galaxy Gear, Pebble, and Sony Smartwatch 2 give you some basic smartphone features on your wrist. But if you're waiting for the next batch of smartwatches that evolves the product even further, Google's will be one of the big ones to keep an eye on. A new report suggests we might not have long to wait on that front.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is nearing completion of its Android-powered smartwatch, and the device could be ready for full production "within months." That could potentially have 2014 marking Google's full-on assault of the budding wearable computing market. Google Glass is also expected to launch early next year.

Google Now

Like Glass, the Google smartwatch will reportedly center around Google Now. If you aren't familiar with Google Now, it's the company's intelligent assistant featured on Android phones and tablets. Many originally saw Now as Google's answer to Siri, but it's since forged a distinct identity of its own. In addition to quick voice search functionality, it also scans your search history, emails, and other Google services activity to notify you of relevant info and predict things you might be interested in.

Google Now could potentially give the search giant an early advantage in the wearable computing race, as the context-sensitive, predictive nature of the service seems to hit exactly what people would want from smartwatches and smartglasses. We enjoyed our time with Samsung's Galaxy Gear, the most advanced smartwatch on the market today, but more capable and feature-rich virtual assistants like Google Now seem like the next logical step for smartwatches.

It isn't yet clear whether the Google smartwatch would be a standalone device, or require a constant smartphone connection, but the WSJ report seems to suggest the latter. It says the device "will be able to communicate with other devices such as a smartphone." Since Google Glass requires a smartphone for its on-the-go internet connection, it's possible we'll see something similar on this front.

Pricing ... and that other smartwatch

Pricing could be another factor to watch with the Google watch. If it follows the company's pattern with its Nexus 7 tablets and the Nexus 4 smartphone, we could see the device sold at cost, or for only a little profit. Google wants its software services to be the ones on your wrist (and face), so it can afford to forego hardware profits.

We could also see Apple's long-rumored iWatch next year, as CEO Tim Cook suggested in his last earnings call that we'll see new product categories from Apple in 2014. When discussing wearable computing, Cook had previously said he thinks the wrist is "interesting."

If you're looking for a smartwatch this holiday season, you can peruse our reviews of the Samsung Galaxy Gear, Pebble, and Sony Smartwatch 2.

Source: Wall Street Journal

About the Author
Will Shanklin Will Shanklin is Gizmag's Mobile Tech Editor, and has been part of the team since 2012. Before finding a home at Gizmag, he had stints at a number of other sites, including Android Central, Geek and the Huffington Post. Will has a Master's degree from U.C. Irvine and a Bachelor's from West Virginia University. He currently lives in New Mexico with his wife, Jessica. All articles by Will Shanklin

Who cares. I refuse to wear anything that resembles a commodore 64 on my wrist. It has to look like a watch. If the 1/3 returns on the Samsung watch say anything, its that people don't like them.

Rocky Stefano

I like the idea of wearable computing, but not the cost of 24/7 connectivity. How about wifi?

Rich Mansfield

Strange that people who don't own any smart watch would love to leave their hateful comments.

Viewing from pebbles and Samsung gear sales. I do think that smart watch is here to stay. Samsung is already working on the second generation of smart watch which i would end up buying. After using gear which is very useful for personal productivity.

Joey Sfb

Its nice when you drive and use your watch to have a conversation with someone! If your car doesn't come stocked with bluetooth :)!

Marvin Gilyana
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