Thursday, July 7, 2016

[Report] Google is Working on Two Google Assistant-Integrated Android Wear Watches

 

Google is working on its own Android Wear smartwatches, according to a latest report from Android Police. The company is apparently building two Android Wear smartwatches.

The two smartwatches are codenamed as  ‘Angelfish’ and 'Swordfish' and they are tipped to be Nexus branded.  The upcoming Nexus devices, for example, are code-named Marlin and Sailfish. Both smartwatches will come equipped with Google Assistant integration for contextual alerts.

Google Assistant was introduced at Google I/O 2016 as an improved way for users to interact with Google, mainly using natural language queries and receiving natural language responses. An example used at the conference was a conversation that can be had with Google Assistant without having to break or phrase your question in a manner for Google to understand.

Back to watches, Angelfish will be the larger of the two smartwatches and will be a sporty variant. It will supposedly have a 43.5mm diameter, 14mm thick and support LTE, GPS and heart rate tracking. As per the report Angelfish could sport “visible lugs, with a smooth housing shape that curves where the watch band meets the body.” It has 3 buttons similar to the LG Watch Urbane LTE. It is said to come in a matte dark gray color,

Swordfish on the other hand will be similar to Pebble Time Round. It could feature a single button similar to most of the Android Wear watches. However, the report the button will resemble Apple Watch’s crown. It has diameter of 42mm and a thickness of 10.6mm and will reportedly come in silver, titanium, and rose gold options.


It is not known when Google will release this two Android Wear smartwatches but they could announced some time after the Nexus devices are unveiled.

Why do this now? I think it’s pretty obvious. Android Wear is fun and all, but I don’t think anyone can say that typical tech companies (the early partners) seem to be as excited about building Android Wear watches as they once did. Huawei doesn’t seem to be working on anything new, nor is LG. Motorola did recently release the Moto 360 Sport, but then proceeded to deeply discount it as if they just wanted to move on from the experiment. Samsung is more than likely done with Android Wear as well. HTC has never been on board. Sure, Casio and some fashion brands have taken a stab at making them, but is anyone taking those seriously? We haven’t seen anyone innovate in the smartwatch realm in some time.

If Google wants to continue with wearables, they should probably just start making their own. That way, they can show off new features and technologies through their own vision and move the platform forward. It’s as simple as that.


So yeah, Google-made watches!
Source : Android Police