‘Google Smartwatch’ Could Launch to Rival Samsung and Apple

Google is reported to be close to unveiling its first smartwatch and to become the third company linked with the device.

Latest rumors claim that the highly expected Google smartwatch will be unveiled quite soon. Photo: Kimber Jakes/Flickr

Korean tech giant Samsung introduced to the world its Galaxy Gear smartwatch last month, and californian company Apple is now reported to be working on its iWatch which could be released next year.

And now Google has also got into the list of companies rumored to announce their smartwatch. Which is more, sources claim, it will be released alongside the launch of their Android mobile operating KitKat system, according to 9to5Google.

If rumors are true to believe, the Internet searching giant has a slightly different approach on its smartwatch.

It’s said to be heavily focused on Google now and Android 4.4. And it does seem to make sense – turning your smartphone into an assistant, as opposed to a smaller version of your smartphone, Phandroid writes.

Useful information such as calendar notes, emails and text messages could all be shown on the predicted device’s display.

According to sources, the Internet giant is now seeking for news ways to extend the battery life of its smartwatch – a major challenge for makers of a little device like this – as well as focusing heavily on Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.

Samsung’s Galaxy Gear runs Android operating system, designed by Google, and performs functions of a notification system, providing its users previews of text messages and emails, and a way of controlling music playing from larger devices.

It also features a camera and voice recognition which allows dictate emails and messages. It can also make phone calls, count users steps – and tell the time.

Apple’s iWatch is reported to be introduced to public in the second half of the next year, and it’s still unknown whether it is working on a smartwatch, in July the Cupertino based tech company filed an application to register “iWatch” as a trademark in Japan, under product category for a computer or watch device.

In May, Chief Executive Tim Cook did not rule out the possibility of the iPhone maker developing a wearable product when he spoke at AllThingsD conference.

He said at the time: “It’s an area that’s ripe for exploration, it’s ripe for us to get excited about. Lots of companies will play in this space.”

Meanwhile, Cnet wonders: “Can Google liven up a market that has yet to truly take off? Despite consumer awareness of smartwatches, ownership is still fairly low, according to a recent survey from On Device Research and CCS Insight. The poll also found that 40 percent of smartwatch owners stop using them because they forget about them or get bored with the technology.”

The site adds: “One drawback is that today’s smartwatches need to operate in tandem with smartphones, meaning people have to juggle and switch between both devices. Based on the scoop from 9to5Google, Google’s smartwatch would work the same way. Another limitation, recently expressed by Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai, is that smartwatch technology is constrained by how big a watch people are willing to wear.”

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