A report claims that Google is cooking up an Android watch of its own. The report comes after rumours of Apple’s iWatch (a watch with features borrowed from the iPhone) and Samsung’s Galaxy Watch (a watch with features borrowed from the Galaxy S4).
The rumour comes from the Financial Times. The site reports, “Google’s latest venture into wearable technology was more an attention-seeking gimmick than a serious new venture. But with the search giant ploughing significant resources into Google Glass, it’s another indication that Google is serious about moving from the digital to the physical – plans that seem to include a smart watch, too.”
The site adds, “The launch of smart watches by tech giants Apple, Samsung and Google would jumpstart the wearables market – and it seems that each of them intends to do so. Apple is widely rumoured to be working on an ‘iWatch’ and a Samsung executive said this week that it has “been preparing the watch product for so long”.
“Now, Silicon Valley’s rumour mill suggests that Google, too, has such a device in the works.
“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.
“A Google patent application for a wearable computer filed in 2011 and approved last year lends credence to the rumours. The filing describes a “smart watch” with a dual-screened “flip-up display”, “tactile user interface” and onboard camera.”
Unfortunately, Google wasn’t willing to confirm the report. All is said was, “A variety of portable user devices provide wireless network connectivity. Various features of a device often require a user to access the device at inconvenient times to perform a desired function. As a result, a user may simply not employ the device to its full capabilities.”
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