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Google Watch allegedly getting ready for the limelight

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Google Watch allegedly getting ready for the limelight
The rumored Google Watch is real and getting ready for an official unveiling soon and its fair share of the limelight. We’ve heard about a 'Nexus watch' before from Android Police founder Artem Russakovskii, and now Seth Weintraub chimes in with his own inside sources that add even more fuel to the fire.

The alleged Google Watch is going through final optimizations and will allegedly be centered around Google Now functionality. Interestingly, a lot of the functionality of Glass could also arrive in the supposed Google Watch. You can just push a button to get the Watch ready to answer your dictated question. All of this should happen via a smartphone - the watch would tether to it, and we have no clarity whether or not it would also have stand-alone functionality.

Google Watch allegedly getting ready for the limelight
Other Google Now features that might be brought to the watch include cards that automatically pop up on the Watch when you need them and where you need them. Cards like Time to get home, Calendar alarms, emails, text messages and others could get pushed to the watch.

The real deal maker or breaker however seems to be battery life. Google is rumored to be putting the extra effort for longer battery life. The Google Watch will allegedly use the Bluetooth 4.0 with Ultra Low Energy standard to communicate with your phone.

Now, Weintraub also confirms what we heard a few days ago about the Google Watch:

“Google will announce a Nexus watch, codenamed Gem, likely together with the KitKat announcement. The date I have, which, once again, is about a month old, is also October 31st.”

Finally, it seems that the watch is indeed coming sooner than later.

source: 9to5Google

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posted on 14 Oct 2013, 09:42 1

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8113; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Google Now on a smartwatch!

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 13:49 6

23. DaHarder (Posts: 156; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)


Will Be Awesome, as Google Now is easily the most polished, speedy and accurate 'digital assistant' existent.

The most ideal situation would be to integrate some of that Motorola 'Ok Google Now' always listening goodness into the device.

I'm truly enjoying my Galaxy Note 3 + Galaxy Gear duo, but when this comes out I'll definitely be getting one (along with the Nexus 5).

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 16:12

27. rd_nest (Posts: 765; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Hardly find any use here at my place. Over top of that it's a huge (i mean HUGE) batteryhog. Just open my BBS, and all the wakelocks google creates through maps/location services is just impossible. Tried for few days, then finally resigned to get better batterylife in my N4.
Now I don't even realize that there's something called google now. the added advantage of Now is useless compared to the battery it drains.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 09:57 1

2. doubler86 (Posts: 318; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


I think it's wishful thinking, I would wager they're more concerned with Google Glass than a watch for now

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 10:15 6

6. tedkord (Posts: 4621; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Google is more than big and innovative enough to do both. I'm not dating they are, just that they could. Easily.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 10:08

3. Reality_Check (Posts: 269; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


A good design + better colour co-ordination is all I ask this time around.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 10:13 11

4. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


I will buy this instead of Galaxy gear anyday!

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 10:16 10

7. Daboss (Posts: 42; Member since: 27 Sep 2013)


Galaxy gear is a joke. Only a fool will buy a watch that can't last for even 24h

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 10:18 10

9. tedkord (Posts: 4621; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Why not. People buy iPhones that won't last a day.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 10:49 1

14. bucky (Posts: 1374; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Funny you say that as an android user

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 12:09 1

18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8113; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Explain the battery drain in iOS 7.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 18:48

30. 9thWonderful (Posts: 232; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


43% left on my batt. the next day as in 11a.m. after taking it off the charger the previous day's morning and forgetting to charge it last night on iP5. that battery drain?

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 13:14 1

22. tedkord (Posts: 4621; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


When I plugged my SGS3 in last night, I had 15 hours total on battery, over 7 hours screen on time and 26% battery left.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 16:26

28. rd_nest (Posts: 765; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Don't worry. Once google launches a g-watch, it won't even last 12 hours. google is notorious for unoptimized firmwares. Let's do a quick comparison from gsmarena battery tests.

Galaxy Nexus - 31 hrs
Nexus 4 - 32 hrs
GS4 - 63 hrs
GS3 - 43 hrs

I am not including Note series here. But you get the idea. Infact batterylife of Google Glass is dismal. Search it out. Most testers are not happy with Glass batterylife.

None of the google products are known for good batterylife. So unless I see one, I won't believe it. Probably they have to use sub-standard Mirasol displays for better batterylife which is nowhere near as good as OLED.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 05:36 1

32. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 852; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


gsmarena can print whatever they want but my GS3 and GS4 don't last nearly that long even when they were brand new.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 10:13 1

5. Daboss (Posts: 42; Member since: 27 Sep 2013)


Waiting for iwatch. All the others don't matter

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 10:17 10

8. tedkord (Posts: 4621; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


There's the iFan syndrome. All that matters is that it's an Apple product. It's unannounced, unknown, unseen, but it's better than any other product.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 10:28 7

12. Daboss (Posts: 42; Member since: 27 Sep 2013)


I am not an if an. I use SGSIII but I know apple's smart watch will be better cos they are not in a hurry to produce half baked trash like the others

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 11:19 1

16. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


you have a point sir.

+1

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 13:12 3

21. tedkord (Posts: 4621; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


So you know that am unannounced, unconfirmed, completely unknown device will be better?

You don't even know if it's a real device.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 15:15

25. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


*an...

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 16:42

29. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8113; Member since: 14 May 2012)


a*

An is used when a vowel precedes it you silly goose.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 19:03 1

31. 9thWonderful (Posts: 232; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


*an actually...if the following word starts w/a vowel *an is to be used...not *a. it would appear that Google isn't your best friend despite your loyalty to the OS.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 10:23

10. power_x (Posts: 222; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


I think there is absolutely no reason for a smartwatch from Google
They already have Google Glass

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 12:22 8

19. McLTE (Posts: 683; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


There is absolutely no reason to buy a Car when I have a perfectly good set of cast iron pans.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 12:58

20. ePoch270 (Posts: 92; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


+1 for you sir!

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 15:16

26. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


hehehe

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 10:27 2

11. LikeMyself (Posts: 267; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


Oh no! My watch broke. A smartwatch please, He he!
Great circular design. Hope it's waterproof and compatible with all ICS+ phones and other OSes for marketing!
Sony sw 2 - Best choice right now
Waiting for Apple and Microsoft to see their design definition of a smartwatch.
I need a $250 watch right now!

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 10:29

13. Daboss (Posts: 42; Member since: 27 Sep 2013)


I think a circular smart watch will look silly

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 10:58 2

15. zombiewolf115 (Posts: 36; Member since: 16 Jul 2013)


god i have my money saved for the sony smartwatch 2 cause i simply love it. but i also want to see how the google smartwatch looks.. its so hard to keep your wallet on a leash

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 11:41

17. konnor (Posts: 30; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)


If they want good battery live, they should use Mirasol, like Qualcomm's Toq smartwatch. It should last almost a week, being powered *all the time*. Who needs OLED or LCD on their watch, when most of the time you're going to use it in daylight anyway, where both of those look horrible, and you can barely see on them, and have 1-day battery life at most.

Mirasol is the ideal display tech for smartwatches.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 14:57

24. bwhiting (Posts: 167; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)


I would actually get this one since it might be compatible with all the android devices instead of just being with one certain device

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