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

Google is rumored to be working on a smartwatch of its own that will "heavy" use of KitKat and Google Now functionality and which should be launched "sooner rather than later."
October 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?