Google approves former rumors that it is building a pair of smartwatches.
Google isn’t giving up on smartwatches. After two-and-a-half years of parting the hardware up to 3rd party manufacturers, at last Google will create its 1st “flagship” Android Wear device. In a conference with The Verge, Android Wear Product Manager Jeff Chang set previous rumors that Google was developing a pair of smartwatches in-house.
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Stimulatingly, the report states the device will not use Google’s combined “Pixel” branding and would in its place be branded by the (unnamed) company that is built-up the devices for Google. In the meeting, Chang “likened the partnership to Google’s Nexus smartphone program.”
We 1st heard about 2 “Google” watches from Android Police, which States they are codenamed “Angelfish” (a larger, LTE-enabled watch) and “Swordfish” (a smaller watch without LTE). According to the meeting, the watches will be the 1st to launch with Android Wear 2.0, which was recently overdue into 2017. In adding to a total interface restructure, Wear 2.0 will finally bring Android Pay support to Google’s wearables.
The smartwatch bazaar is in rough shape at the end of 2016. Market innovator Pebble just bowed out with a sale to Fitbit. According to the IDC, Apple Watch trades are off seventy one percent year-over-year. CEO Tim Cook clashes that number, but not enough for Apple to issue actual Apple Watch trades figures the way it does for the iPad, iPhone an.d Mac
In extra to the shaky overall market, Android Wear has its own set of difficulties. Wear trails the standard Android playbook of fighting a higher-profile Apple product with a swerve of models from numerous dissimilar manufacturers, but one key alteration this time is that Android’s biggest OEM, Samsung, isn’t manufacturing Android Wear equipments. After a single attempt at an Android watch in the form of the Samsung Gear Live, Samsung has switched to its in-house Tizen OS to power all of its smartwatches going forward. With Google’s delay of Wear 2.0 into 2017, the updated wearable OS will have lost the holiday season, leaving hardware OEMs with nothing new to sell.
Qualcomm has not been serving out, either. Its newest “Snapdragon Wear 2100” SoC launched in February of this year, parting nothing for a holiday upgrade. If you’re passion for a smartwatch that doesn’t run iOS, you’re perhaps going to have to sit on your hands for a little more month.