A Google smartwatch powered by Android with built-in Google Now is in the late stages of development, according to people familiar with the matter, who have been speaking to The Wall Street Journal. Google is now in talks with Asian suppliers, which could begin mass producing the device “within months.”
Like Android-powered smartphones, the smartwatch will be able to answer questions, help users complete certain tasks, and display information users might need based on what they’re doing. It will also connect to other mobile devices — such as your smartphone — to pull certain data from there.
Google has reportedly been working hard to reduce its power consumption so that the device doesn’t need charging too frequently. “With its wristwatch, Google is aiming to address two criticisms of smartwatches that skeptics have long made: usefulness and battery life,” WSJ reports.
Of course, Google’s watch will compete with devices like the Samsung Galaxy Gear — which received poor reviews partly due to its short battery life — the Sony SmartWatch 2, and the Pebble. Rumors have also suggested that Apple is working on its own “iWatch” that will run iOS and work alongside the iPhone — though it’s unclear when that might be available.
When it comes to wearable tech, most of Google’s focus to date has been on Google Glass, but WSJ first reported that the company was working on a smartwatch back in June.
- Source The Wall Street Journal