Google Smartwatch is latest in essentially baseless claims of wearables

Mar 22, 2013
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If you've been waiting for a smartwatch ever since Apple released the super-cute iPod that fit perfectly on a wristwatch strap, you may be in luck - Google is reportedly making one running Android. But then there've been reports of Apple making a smartwatch too. And LG is making one as well, and Samsung, and who knows which other companies - smartwatches from every angle, I tell you! But today's report about Google comes from the Financial Times where they've got an inside contact, so it's best we listen.

If you see what the Financial Times notes, they've got a "person briefed on the project" who says that though larger projects like Glass are being created in the Google X laboratories, this supposed Google smartwatch is being developed for by the Google Android unit. What we must assume here is that, if the watch were real, it'd be created by one of Google's hardware partners - perhaps Motorola? Meanwhile the Google developers on-staff creating Android would be taming a version of Android tailored specifically for an ultra-tiny display.

"While Glass is being created in its X Lab, home to experimental “moonshot” projects such as the self-driving car, Google’s smart watch is being developed by its Android unit, according to a person briefed on the project, to act as an extension to the smartphones using that operating system. The project is separate from Samsung’s efforts, the source said, although there is no indication of when it might launch." - FT

It's not as if it doesn't make sense for everyone and their grandmother to be creating a smartwatch at the same time with essentially no warning and no pre-cursor or need, but what if? What if Apple and Google decided, separately, that they'd both create a wearable computer that wrapped around your wrist at once?

That once-utilized watch-loving arm will once again be home to a timepiece, only this time, you'll be able to do a whole lot more than you were able in the past. Then it's time again to get rid of the cellphone and the smartphone, right? Seems only logical!

Of course, then again, there's always that Google Smartwatch patent.


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