Rumor: Google smartwatch coming “sooner rather than later,” to pack KitKat / Google Now functionality

by: Chris SmithOctober 14, 2013

Google Smartwatch 3D render concept

A new rumor says that Google is working on a Google smartwatch, which should be launched “sooner rather than later,” according to a source familiar with the matter.

The device will reportedly be “heavy” into KitKat / Google Now functionality,” although specific details aren’t offered by 9to5 Google – an image of the device isn’t available either (above we’re looking at a concept render only).

However, the publication does say that Google is putting “the finishing touches,” on its smartwatch and speculates that the product may offer some Glass-like features, thanks to deep Google Now integration.

While that certainly makes sense, we’ll remind you that this is just a rumor that’s yet to be officially confirmed.

For what it’s worth, this isn’t the first time we hear Google is working on a smartwatch, and we’ve seen a bunch of rumors on the matter so far, especially around this year’s Google I/O event where such a device was expected. Furthermore, a Wall Street Journal report from late June suggested that such a product may be launched this fall.

Interestingly, we’ve also seen some patents applications supporting these rumors, which seem to prove that Google/Motorola are interested in such products.

A few days ago, Artem Russakovskii posted a similar rumor on his personal Google+ profile, but not directly to Android Police because of lack of evidence and/or lack of a second confirmation. According to him, the Google smartwatch will be part of the Nexus family of products, it’s codenamed Gem, and will be unveiled alongside Android 4.4 KitKat and other new Google products.

Anyone looking forward to a Google Nexus smartwatch?

  • Matthew Plewa

    Yes I stole the photo but IDC GIVE ME NOWWW

    • Notch Brick

      That was my EXACT response when I read the article lol

      • poop

        I’m surprised that you managed to have no spelling errors with a broken monitor…

  • asdf

    I wish Google had a whole family of nexus products like:
    nexus 1(androidTV / desktop / game console)
    nexus 3(smartwatch)
    nexus 5(smartphone)
    nexus 7(tablet)
    nexus 9(tablet)
    nexus 11(laptop)
    nexus 13(laptop

    • Tuấn Ankh

      There is a Nexus 11 now. It’s called Chromebook 11. xD

      • Brian Shieh

        well, I think he means Android OS

        • Tuấn Ankh

          Lol, yea. I was just fooling around.

    • Shermon MK-1

      I’d also like a Nexus Foot, a 12 in. tablet.

      • asdf

        it would work, if it was a 16:9 screen

  • Joseph Teply

    My BIGGEST Problem is that Verizon WILL NOT carry a NEXUS smartphone. So I wont be able to have all NEXUS products. I would leave if another carrier was as good as Verizon! Extremely pissed off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • RanRu

      Keep an eye on MetroPCS’s/T-Mobile’s partnership and their BYOD program.

      They’re not as good yet, but they could be, given time.

      • Joseph Teply

        Thanks RanRu, I already looked at T-Mobile. I’m hoping they will be a good solution for me.

        • Oli72

          i left sprint for t-mobile have awesome service here in charlotte,nc. nexus 4 owner $50 bill get updates right away.

          • Joseph Teply

            Oli72 I here you, I wish there service was better where I live. Hopefully soon and no international roaming!

        • Nick V

          I left Verizon for T-Mobile here in the Philadelphia market. Speeds aren’t as great as VZW and even the signal is weaker, but I have been happy with my move, and I know it will only get better with T-Mobile.

          • Joseph Teply

            Thanks Nick V, my contract is up by the end of the year. I will see if I should stay or go?

  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    I hope it’ll look better than this one shown in the photo.

    • poop

      Spoiler: It won’t.

      • Shermon MK-1

        Considering all the curved screens going around and the fact that it will look like a nexus7/5…it will look better.

      • Vardan Nazaretyan

        That’s good.

  • turdbogls

    anyone know how feasible a round screen is for a smartwatch? I am all for smartwatches, all the ones i have seen are square, and quite franky, ugly.

    ever since i saw this, its all i can think about when talking about a smartwatch worth buying.

    • RanRu

      A thousand times this!

      Motorola did a round screen before on the Aura. That phone retailed for $1K when it was new, but I think that was due more to all the tungsten carbide, stainless steel, and crystal sapphire than the screen.

      • popal

        very good point sir, but I believe manufacturer will have to try with round smartphone first, before we can see any round smartwatch.

        I’m in for any non-square smartphone or smartwatch :)

    • Shermon MK-1

      Yeah, this concept would totally correspond with G+ circles.

  • Aren

    Forgive me if I’m wrong. My watch tells me the time, without me having to swipe anything. If I want a text or a call I use my phone. And it’s battery lasts about 5 years. Please, what did I miss out?

    • Grman Rodriguez

      Notifications without reaching your pocket…Yeah, that’s it.

    • popal

      hmm, a wristwatch that you can swipe left-right-up-down ? ;)

      or perhaps it looks cool by talking to your wristwatch once in a while.. (⌐■_■)

  • Fredrik Spangler

    Do people even use watches anymore? I already own a “smart” device that tells me the time- my phone

    • Brian Shieh

      In a sense, the watch would act as the extension of your phone

    • Nick V

      When you are driving, and someone is calling you, just look towrds the steering wheel to see who it is. If all works out, say “OK Google, asnwer phone”, and you are connected through the watch on speaker.

  • Joey

    Yes Please!!!!

  • Shermon MK-1

    I’m seeing a motorola nexus smartwatch. I hope it can function on its own. If so, it will sell waaaay more than the galaxy gear.

    • Nick V

      I would like to operate independently, but use Bluetooth 4.0 LE to make the necessary data transfers between phone and device. I do not want to have to pay for another line, just to have a watch.

  • Laurence Eckert

    Can’t wait for this, hopefully it is affordable (under 100$)