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Google said to be in talks with Asian manufacturers for mass production

A source that claims to be familiar with Google’s inner workings has stated that the company's smartwatch is getting closer to launch. The source claims that Google is currently in talks with suppliers to begin mass production of the smartwatch within the next few months.

The new Google smartwatch will of course run the Android operating system and feature Google Now. Google Now is Google's personal assistant software that's able to answer questions, make recommendations, and predict information that the user would need based on what they're currently doing.

One of the primary goals of the team working on the smartwatch is to reduce power consumption to allow for longer use between charges. The smartwatch is designed to connect to other Android devices such as smartphones through Bluetooth and to be able to glean details from a users email such as travel schedules and appointment times.

Google is hoping to address some of the major complaints that have arisen with competing smartwatches such as the Samsung Galaxy Gear. Two of the major complaints of that device are a lack of usefulness and short runtime per charge – not to mention the $300 price tag.

Apple is also rumored to be working on its own smartwatch called the iWatch, but others say it’s just a smokescreen to force competitors to waste engineering resources on “inferior” products.

Source: WSJ

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Redundant processors
By Shig on 10/29/2013 10:05:15 AM , Rating: 2
The accelerometer / GPS / small Cortex cpu are all redundant to your smartphone in your pocket. There needs to be a good way to share compute capability / internet access seamlessly across these devices.

No one is going to be able to afford a 4G internet connection on their phone, glasses, watch, tablet, +100 other things.

RE: Redundant processors
By retrospooty on 10/29/2013 10:16:23 AM , Rating: 2
I dont even think that will help with the smartwatch. Still, the end result is you have some of the functionality of your phone now available on a tiny screen on your wrist. Useful for telling the time quick and possibly fitness apps and things of that nature, but the vast majority would still be pulling out there phones to do all of the major stuff on a big screen.

RE: Redundant processors
By MadMan007 on 10/29/2013 11:00:31 PM , Rating: 2
A thing on your wrist to tell the time. Amazing!

(Not a jab at you, although it is funny that it's the first thing you listed...more about the way that smartphones have replaced watches, and yet here we are talking about smartwatches to replace smartphones. The circle of life!)

RE: Redundant processors
By daboom06 on 10/29/2013 11:02:40 AM , Rating: 2
yeah, cellular data is pointless when you're guaranteed to have a smart phone with you.

but as to the question of what you can do with a one inch screen that simply streams information from a pocket device? i think that with intelligent design that much screen can be put to very good use. you can double the screen size by simply alternating between two images every two seconds, or switch between multiple with a button. the time/date can be relegated to a permanent top bar as on smartphones right now. the rest of the screen(s) can be the next two appointments, 5 most recent emails, unread text messages, next 6 hours of weather, or the current playlist you're listening to wirelessly through bluetooth.

it'll probably have to have side buttons for manipulating those applications, and setup would be done completely on the smartphone. an up/down rocker and two other buttons could easily navigate all the on-watch functionality.

RE: Redundant processors
By retrospooty on 10/29/2013 11:48:22 AM , Rating: 3
"but as to the question of what you can do with a one inch screen that simply streams information from a pocket device?"

Most popular voice command on a smartwatch - "OK Google, what time is it" ;)

By retrospooty on 10/29/2013 10:03:10 AM , Rating: 2
Smartwatches in general "Two of the major complaints of that device are a lack of usefulness and short runtime per charge"

They can eventually get around the runtime issue as tech progresses, but the usefulness thing is going to stop this category from ever being big. Outside the niche of joggers and a few other types that might need limited smartphone technology on their wrist it's pretty useless.

Just a beta test...
By XZerg on 10/29/2013 10:54:12 AM , Rating: 2
Really I can see "smartwatch" going big once they have the flexible/rollable screen. If the screen is going to take longer then maybe it might make sense to have a bit more longer "smartwatch" than the standard watch size.

I wear watch and would love to have the phone replaced by a "smartwatch" so I no longer need to have two devices on me. Or maybe they can just design a narrow and thinner phone that fits on average hands vertically and is clip-able to a strap tied to the hand.

Uhh, duh.
By CZroe on 10/29/2013 4:14:37 PM , Rating: 2
Google bought Motorola. Motorola already made the Motactive wearable Android device very much like the Sony LiveView/Smart Watch and the iPod Nano.

By overlandpark4me on 10/29/2013 9:51:12 PM , Rating: 2
that has the same content...and more. What a "brilliant" idea.

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