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Google could be months from mass-producing its first smartwatch

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Google could be months from mass-producing its first smartwatch
The Wall Street Journal has been trailing Google and its alleged foray into the smartwatch category of wearables since back in June, and it has come out with a new report that could light a smile on a few Android-loving faces.

Citing manufacturers and suppliers, the WSJ is reporting that a Google smartwatch may not be too far at all – in fact, it could possibly enter mass-production before the year's out. Based in Taiwan, most of these manufacturers are actually partnering with a number of the world's foremost technology companies, and apparently those have been in talks about smartwatches for years. According to the report, the reason these tech giants have been holding back until now has had to with the lack of technology that would allow them to create an enticing experience. 

The above situation appears to have now changed. Apparently, Google is going after the two major concerns that early adopters of the new tech have: battery life and the degree of usefulness. On the count of the former, according to the WSJ, the Google smartwatch will come with a battery saving feature of sorts, which will hopefully mean that you won't be charging your watch every other day. In terms of usefulness, the internet giant's Google Now platform will be the main differentiator. It is said that the Google smartwatch will have a listening function, much alike to the one found on the Moto X, and will be able to pull information from your phone's mail account, for example. 

Speaking of your phone, and this probably still goes into the usefulness category, the current assumption is that Google's watch will also pair up via Bluetooth with an Android device, though none of this is obviously set in stone. According to the report, a stand-alone smartwatch would be too costly, not to mention bulky, which isn't really an option, seeing as you'll be wearing it on your wrist.

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posted on 29 Oct 2013, 06:42 2

1. D.Aceveda (Posts: 366; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


If only the WSJ would give info people wanna know, like when the N5 and N10 are coming out

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 06:44

2. chunky1x (Posts: 261; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


Oh great! The world needs more useless, overpriced and fragile watches.

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 07:08 5

3. EgyDroid (Posts: 111; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Wouldn't it be great if it was like nexus not overpriced and high end smart-watch

Google... we are counting on you.

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 07:53

4. alpinejason (Posts: 262; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


Can you say gimmick

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 07:56 2

5. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


This is the only smartwatch i'm actually paying attention to....and i still doubt i'm going to buy one. They just seem like gimmicks to me. However, with correct Google Now integration and nexus pricing...this one could be one of the best choices.

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 10:43

7. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 867; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Those small details and features is what will set them apart from the competition. So far Pebble is the closest to get it right and it shows in their sales.

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 10:12

6. Gdrye (Posts: 109; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


you guys call it a gimmick, i call it the future, i wonder how many people though smart phones and PDA's were just gimmicks, you check the time on your watch, wouldnt it be just as great to check notifications with them as well? C'mon this is a tech site!! be excited about new stuff!!

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 13:09

8. KillgoreTrout (Posts: 53; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


There will always be people who just don't get it untill it slaps them in the face. I remember people talking about how cds and even dvds were gimmicks. A first gen. dvd player was 500+ dollars. Now how much is a dvd player, $40? People want things now now now and don't seem to be able to look at the future of products. I agree with you, smartwatches and other wearable tech are the future and I couldn't be more excited about it.

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