Google joining the party, reportedly making a smartwatch

Sony's smartwatch is already available

With all the craze at the moment surrounding smartwatches - watches that may serve you notifications from your phone as well as tell the time - Google is looking like the want to join the party as well. The Financial Times is reporting that Google's Android division is working on some sort of smartwatch, and as this is the Android division and not X Labs we're talking about, it may be sooner rather than later that we'll see a Google-made watch.

This news follows rumors of smartwatches from other major companies, including the confirmed announcement from Samsung, and the still-heavily rumored Apple smartwatch that could potentially be called the "iWatch". While the market for these types of advanced watches remains relatively small at the moment, it only takes one company with a bit of creativity to turn it into the next billion-dollar industry.

This report of Google smartwatch still remains unconfirmed by Google themselves, and naturally any sort of product will be many months away from completion. However, with Google I/O just around the corner, it's possible that we might see something then.

Source: The Financial Times | Image via Sony

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I want one that looks like a Rolex, including the face being a digital replica of a Rolex face. then swype it or whatever, and you get your android interface..... Sweet!

you know..... I think I see whats going on here..... Apple tricks everyone into thinking its making a smart watch, everyone rushes out to make one "before them" then they all waste their money and time on that while Apple laughs and does nothing

Companies all "copy" each other. It's called competition. And I think it's about time people stop going on about that. It's a horrible boring discussion subject. We don't really expect there to be a sole manufacturer of hardware mouses or keyboards... Yes, there's a patent system but why not leave that headache to the lawyers. Most ridiculous of all would be to expect no "copies" to exist, because that's really not what this industry is about. Or any industries for that matter.

Major Plonquer said,
Google copying Apple? Good heavens. Whatever next?

How can you copy something that doesn't in theory exist yet?

At least with Google's, one wouldn't have to go through iTunes, and it could be used as a storage device.

I prefer mechanical movement over anything else.

You don't need to buy a watch once you already have one quality one. Most of them don't go out of fashion as well unlike these POS which will have a new one coming out every year with "new features".

Big meh, that's what these things are.

AlexMagik said,
hopefully this stupid idea will end asap...
who even buy a watch anymore? figures the *smart*..

Who even buys a watch? Oh you're one of those. Who thinks a smartphone should do everything, amiright??

To answer your question, many still do. But I won't bother you convincing you why. It's like a lover of fine wine trying to convince someone who drinks Stella about his passion.

ZipZapRap said,

Who even buys a watch? Oh you're one of those. Who thinks a smartphone should do everything, amiright??

To answer your question, many still do. But I won't bother you convincing you why. It's like a lover of fine wine trying to convince someone who drinks Stella about his passion.

Except what is there to convince? People get their time in many different forms. Why does it matter how you access the current time? Whether it's a watch, your cellphone, clock on the wall, clock in the car, clock on a sign....

Unless you're trying to say a watch is better at telling time....I fail to see why it really matters at all how people find out what time it is. Lol

you missed the point, it's not about watch itself, i also have one (but i barely wear it). the point is a "smart" watch, costs 2 or 3 times a normal watch, and probably bad user experience to do anything else than a watch and maybe mp3

You wish to see the time? Watch this 3 minute advertisement video on the $300 watch you bought, then give us access to your current location so we can push even more ads to you, then we will let you see the time unless it is in the month of December because we forgot that month exists.

That means I can expect MSFTs smart watch entry in 2017. Can't wait.

(calm down fanbois I'm a Microsoftie through and through)

They already did it twice with a Timex watch and SPOT watch. Once again, Apple and Google copies, and will claim that it is new and magical.

ZipZapRap said,
That means I can expect MSFTs smart watch entry in 2017. Can't wait.

(calm down fanbois I'm a Microsoftie through and through)

Microsoft was one of the first to come with a smartwatch. Just like the tablet, they copie the idea from MS.

Studio384 said,
Microsoft was one of the first to come with a smartwatch. Just like the tablet, they copie the idea from MS.

Just like NUI and voice recognition and interaction. Microsoft did it long time ago before everybody else and yet Google and apple racing over it. For some reason MS is very slow and don't catch up very fast with others as they proceed.

SoylentG said,
They already did it twice with a Timex watch and SPOT watch. Once again, Apple and Google copies, and will claim that it is new and magical.

And once again, Microsoft timing is off. They need to learn their damn market.

SoylentG said,
They already did it twice with a Timex watch and SPOT watch. Once again, Apple and Google copies, and will claim that it is new and magical.

Which were very successful... /s
The key point is always the execution of a concept.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
Hopefully Nokia won't stoop to these levels at least
Nokia has at least a prototype device but I am sure it'll have something cool like you can swipe or 'throw' an app to the watch using BT/NFC SO the app would display on the watch while running on the phone.

****, just gave Apple a chance to claim another 'invention'

dead.cell said,
I'll eat McDonald's if I'm wrong, but I still have serious doubts about the smartwatch taking off.

I think it depends on the technology they're using for prolonging battery life which is the biggest challenge in my opinion. But I have doubt everybody spend money for something would not take off. If I were you I would take back what I just said because mcdonold is not healthy