First Renders of Upcoming Google Smartwatches Emerge Online

Last week, we reported that Google is said to be working on its own branded pair of smartwatches, in a break from its traditional reliance on third-party manufacturers to come up with the hardware for its Android Wear OS.

Given the continuing interest in rival smartwatches of the round-faced variety, some readers may be interested in the latest renders showing what Google's upcoming pair of wearables could look like.

Google Wear
The image above published by Android Police, the site of the original leak, is described as an accurate "recreated image" of primary source material, used to preserve the anonymity of the source. The site also warns that the devices are still under development and therefore may ultimately differ from the design shown.

With those caveats in mind, the larger watch render on the left is based on the 43.5mm "Angelfish", which is said to feature a heart-rate monitor, GPS, and LTE cellular connectivity for standalone use. The watch has three buttons, where third-party Android Wear devices typically have one, suggesting possible Google Assistant integration with contextual alerts. According to the report, the Angelfish will not be compatible with Android Wear Mode watch bands.

The smaller 42mm device, codenamed "Swordfish", offers just the one crown button and is thought to lack the HRM, GPS and LTE smarts of the larger watch, but will be compatible with Android Wear Mode watch bands. The report states that Google avoided Motorola's flat-tyre design issue by adding a thick bezel between the display and ring, making the screen much smaller. Both displays show the customizable watch face of Android Wear 2.0 demoed at Google I/O this year.

Unlike the Google-branded phones which are said to be coming this year, it's not clear when the company plans to release the watches, although they could potentially appear alongside Google's next range of Nexus smartphones slated for 2016, or with the launch of Android Wear 2.0 this fall. There is no word on pricing as yet.

In related news, Fitbit is also said to be testing two new wearable devices, slated to launch this September.

According to tech site Wareable's source close to Fitbit's beta testing team, the company is using atom-themed codenames as internal monikers for the two upcoming devices – the same method used to test both the Alta and Blaze late last year.

"Laryon" and "Fermion" are currently being used in the wild under similarly veiled "black wrist covers" to preserve secrecy. The devices are thought to be successors to the Fitbit Flex and Fitbit Charge after trademark applications for the Mark II devices were recently discovered.

Top Rated Comments

(View all)
Avatar
45 months ago

FWIW, round watches are the norm, and the square watch that apple employs is the exception.


Yes, it's a wonder that round televisions and monitors aren't more common. Could it be that the square is a much better shape to display data? And that data is the point when you're dealing with a "smartwatch"?

Personally I can't wait for the first Android Wear manufacturer to release a square watch in order to compete with the Apple Watch (and trust me...it will happen soon). Wondering how the round-watch cult will change their narrative.
Rating: 8 Votes
Avatar
45 months ago
I miss Steve Jobs to bury round smartwatches forever with a single sentence.
Rating: 7 Votes
Avatar
45 months ago
A round smartwatch misunderstands design. Why are most watches round? The next question is what shape display is better for reading information? After answering those the correct shape is obvious. Apple may add a round model some day as an additional option for its customers, but rest assured round is a worse design. My prediction: within 5 years most non-Apple smart-watches are not round.
Rating: 6 Votes
Avatar
45 months ago

Should be interesting, not sure why the Apple watch shape is getting a lot of hate, o.k it's not round like a traditional watch normally is - but the shape is negated once you are not using it as a watch. Messages, fitness functions etc are much better on a square watch.

My opinion of course, I expect to be told I'm wrong.

You are not wrong but neither are those who don't like it. To some people the aesthetics are just as important as the functionality because it's a device you wear on your wrist, so it all comes down to personal preferences.

I think a lot of people would welcome a round cased option from Apple to go alongside the current rectangular design. As for the Google watches, I'd have to see them in real life or at least photos of the actual watches before passing comment.
Rating: 4 Votes
Avatar
45 months ago
Well those renders do look nice, we'll have to wait and see how it actually looks in real life.

FWIW, round watches are the norm, and the square watch that apple employs is the exception. I think I prefer round myself, but I'd like to see how this looks in real life first.
Rating: 4 Votes
Avatar
45 months ago
Should be interesting, not sure why the Apple watch shape is getting a lot of hate, o.k it's not round like a traditional watch normally is - but the shape is negated once you are not using it as a watch. Messages, fitness functions etc are much better on a square watch.

My opinion of course, I expect to be told I'm wrong.
Rating: 3 Votes
Avatar
45 months ago

Yes, it's a wonder that round televisions and monitors aren't more common. Could it be that the square is a much better shape to display data? And that data is the point when you're dealing with a "smartwatch"?


I can't believe anybody is still using this idiotic meme to argue against a round smart watch.

There is absolutely no connection between how a television monitor is used and a watch display. Will you be watching TV shows on your watch?

when descriptions get so fuzzy, you know you have a problem, or you're simply making stuff up.

a round faced analog watch makes plenty of sense at it uses more space for the moving arms; that's why watch industry mostly gravitate towards that form factor; a smartwatch with a display is just the opposite, no need to house a rotating part, so no need for a circle.


So how do you explain that the watch industry went through a period where square watches were in vogue? Why still make any square watches at all today? I mean if they make no sense mechanically, then what a waste of space, and unecessary complication for displaying the time.

Maybe because a product a person wears on their body has other considerations besides functionality, regardless of what it does.
Rating: 2 Votes
Avatar
45 months ago

Don't understand this point at all. "Round" is an advantage for a smartwatch?

The advantage is that people like the look of them, over the square watches. While they are computers on the wrist, they are also a fashion statement as well and people are very conscience of how a watch looks on their wrist as much as the features it includes
Rating: 2 Votes
Avatar
45 months ago
A round screen is a UI nightmare for anybody with a minimum of common sense.
Rating: 2 Votes
Avatar
45 months ago

FWIW, round watches are the norm, and the square watch that apple employs is the exception.


This is not an accident. The worst thing for smart watches is to blend in. They need to be tastefully different to encourage adoption.
Rating: 2 Votes
[ Read All Comments ]