Everybody has expected Google
to develop a device of its own to compete in the burgeoning smartwatch
market, and the writing was all but on the wall when the company recently acquired smartwatch developer WIMM Labs
and at least one of its employees. However, the speed at which Google may come to market with such a device is somewhat startling; according to the Wall Street Journal, a Google smartwatch is imminent.
Wimm One smartwatch
Sources indicate that the device is in late-stage development and that Google is contacting Asian suppliers about going into mass production within months.
Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch
The smartwatch will reportedly run Android
and will have Google Now
integrated with it, and it will (shocker) be able to communicate with smartphones. Elongated battery life will be a premier feature, and Google may make a concerted effort to bolster the usefulness of a smartwatch by beefing up the quality and number of available apps.
Google’s smartwatch will compete against Samsung’s Galaxy Gear as well as similar rumored devices from the likes of Apple.