We’ve been hearing about a Google smartwatch based on the Android operating system for a long time. We have no idea how long it’s been in development for, or if it even exists for that matter, but most rumors insist it’s being made. The latest rumor from an inside source claims that LG is the chosen hardware partner for this smartwatch, though other manufacturers may also participate in some way.
While we won’t be seeing it shown off at Mobile World Congress, like we did the Samsung Gear 2, it should be unveiled at this year’s Google I/O in late June. Google is going to use its own show to unveil the product, and maybe even give it away for free to those at the show.
With competition in the smartwatch market rising, it’s a good time for Google to be releasing its own device. The Pebble has gained significant popularity with its low price and new “high end” model, while the Samsung Gear 2 is pushing away from Android and its dependency on a connected smartphone to make its own success. Hopefully Google’s offering will be something special, because a glorified notification viewer isn’t exactly what we want.
It’s awesome to see Google pushing further and further into hardware, even if it’s through other companies. What started with a single Nexus device has branched into a line of three Android-based, a self-made Chromebook, the awesome little Chromecast, and the purchase of multiple hardware partners like Nest. We’re excited for what Google will show off, aren’t you?