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Google wants a new wearables hardware chief, but is it too little too late?
Google has dabbled in a range of equipment to showcase the best of its software, be it the Pixel phones, Google Home hardware or even the Pixel Buds. Curiously missing from that list is a first party Wear OS wearable. A new Google Careers listing, however, suggests the company might be ready to give it another stab.
First noticed by Android Police, the Google Careers listing is aimed at hiring a Vice President of Hardware Engineering for Wearables. A sufficiently high up position, it requires someone with at least 15 years of experience developing consumer-facing products as well as 12 years of experience with hardware manufacturing.
There were ample rumors last year that Google was all set to release a Pixel Watch, but that didn’t really come to fruition. However, this new job listing also comes on the heels of the acquisition of a hardware team and technology from Fossil last month. Between the acquisition and hiring, it is fair to say that Google is finally getting serious about a first party Wear OS wearable.
Wear OS as a platform has languished compared to the Apple Watch. Do you think a first party watch will help revitalize Google’s platform? Let us know in the comments section.