If talk of an Apple iWatch or Samsung Galaxy Watch release date in the near future had you excited, get this – chances are we’ll also be looking at a Google Nexus Watch sooner rather than later.
Seriously – what’s with the mass exodus away from Smartphones all of a sudden?
Rumors of an iWatch in the pipeline have been swirling around for some time and the device was largely confirmed recently by Apple’s hiring of over 100 engineer to work on the project. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Watch has also popped up once again and started to piece together a more realistic wish-list of specs and features than ever before.
However, we’re now hearing that along with that rather head-scratching Google Glass project, the creator of Android is also looking to take wearable Smartphone technology once step further with a pure-Google Watch.
There appears to be a new contender in the race to release the smart watch of the future. And it’s none other than Google. And while it’s pure speculation at this stage to label the thing the Google Nexus Watch, it’s by far one of the coolest concepts of the year if pans out as genuine.
The news was broke just this week by the Financial Times, which reported that:
“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.”
It seems a rather outlandish and far-fetched concept admittedly, but it turns out that patents that were filed by Google a good two years ago may indeed have been relation to Smartwatch development. What’s more, we’ve also learned this week that the Samsung Galaxy Watch we’re expecting to launch soon might in fact be the company’s third venture into the field, with the previous two having come to nothing.
And as far as motivation goes, analysts speaking on the potential for an Apple iWatch release date this year indicated that the wristwatch industry as a whole for 2013 will be worthy at least $60 billion – a rather tempting pie the biggest names in the business are apparently out to snag a hunk of.