Google gears up to launch Google Now-centric smartwatch – WSJ

October 29, 2013
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Google Smartwatch 3D render concept

Google is reportedly in the late stages of developing a Google Now-integrated smartwatch.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Google is in talks with Asian companies to mass manufacture the smartwatch, which may be ready for production within months. According to a person familiar with the matter that talked to the publication, the device runs Android and features deep integration with Google Now, the virtual assistant that offers relevant contextual information based on clues such as location and email content.

This comes as a confirmation of earlier reports – we’ve already heard several times about Google’s smartwatch plans, the last time two weeks ago, when 9to5Google reported that the device will be “heavy into KitKat / Google Now functionality” and that it will launch “sooner, rather than later”.

The WSJ also reported that Google made advances in extending the battery life of the smartwatch, “so it won’t require frequent battery charges.” We assume that means Google’s smartwatch won’t need daily charging, like Samsung’s recently launched Galaxy Gear does.

Assuming this report is accurate, we don’t expect Google to announce the smartwatch along with the impending Nexus 5, despite rumors to the contrary. If the Mountain View company hasn’t even decided on a manufacturer yet, it seems safe to assume that the device would miss this holiday season and only launch next year.

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