Google Reportedly Working on Its Own Android Smart Watch

google_android_logosThe Financial Times is reporting that Google's Android unit is working on a smart watch. With Samsung confirming that it is working on a smart watch and rumors about Apple's "iWatch" continuing to circulate, it appears that the three companies are set to battle in a new mobile device segment.

The report unsurprisingly suggests that Google views the smart watch as a more mainstream wearable accessory than the Google Glass project that has garnered significant attention in recent months.

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.

Apple reportedly has 100 product designers working on an "iWatch", experimenting with curved glass and possible features such as biosensors. Apple's smart watch is also said to run a "full" version of iOS, which would make it easier for developer access. However, battery life is said to be the big challenge for Apple, with current prototypes needing to charge every two days, half of Apple's goal.

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komodrone Avatar
146 months ago
Watch and see which watch will be on everyone's watch list because everyone is watching for a watch that will replace their own watch.
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cclloyd Avatar
146 months ago
I can't wait for Apple to say "We aren't and never have been working on a watch" and then watch as everyone else says "We are dropping the watch project".
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bag of kittens Avatar
146 months ago
Once again

Google & Samsung's definition of innovation: COPY APPLE.

:apple:
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DeathChill Avatar
146 months ago
What we will all look like in 6 months to 1 year.

I've already scheduled my perm.
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kbt1020 Avatar
146 months ago
Apple will come out 1 year later: "Screw ya'll. We didn't make a watch, but smart contact lens instead"
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techpr Avatar
146 months ago
What we will all look like in 6 months to 1 year.
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