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Google secretly acquired Android smartwatch maker WIMM last year

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Google secretly acquired Android smartwatch maker WIMM last year
We have known that Google has been working on its own smartwatch, and at the very least it is working towards optimizing Android for use on smartwatches. But, it seems that Google has been working on this longer than we have known. A new report is saying that Google secretly acquired Android smartwatch maker WIMM sometime last year.

The way this whole thing has gone down has been pretty interesting. WIMM released its first Android smartwatch, the WIMM One, back in 2011. The device got some positive reviews. Then, last summer, WIMM suddenly went quiet except for one statement saying that the company had "entered into an exclusive, confidential relationship" and would not continue with its current product line. A Google representative has confirmed that it has acquired WIMM, and it is assumed the deal happened when WIMM went quiet, but no one knows for sure.

What makes WIMM even more interesting is that the company didn't just make hardware, but also put together a platform to help developers create what it called "micro apps" for the devices. The app store is still accessible on the web and shows off a couple dozen apps. 

There isn't much more info on what is happening, but it is very interesting that Google brought in a talented team to work on the company's own smartwatch efforts. It's unclear when we'll get more info on what is happening inside Google, but we're definitely excited to hear more.

source: GigaOM
reference: WIMM app store

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posted on 30 Aug 2013, 17:16 4

1. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1184; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


That is some secret.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 17:33 13

2. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


I don't want smart watches or Glass. I just want robot eyes!!

Give me robot eyes...

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 18:04

3. StreetNerd (Posts: 700; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


I don't want smart watches or Glass. I just want Guess Collection watches!!

http://gcwatches.com/en/products/collection/classic-collection/

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 18:26 2

4. joey_sfb (Posts: 2722; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Lucky for all of us, Google bought it if Apple is the one that buy it. 2014 will be the start of patent lawsuits for smart watches.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 18:51

5. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 923; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


i was hoping for a ELYSIUM SUIT and a downloader...

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 19:31 3

6. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Well played Google, well played.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 20:54 3

7. PAPINYC (Posts: 2236; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


They were probably trying to avoid another bogus patent iLawsuit by Apple; I can just hear Apple claiming in court documents, "WE patented the wristband and WE patented a tiNy battery-operated metal square running a mobile OS and, therefore, WE hold the patent on any watch with smart features."

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 22:17

8. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


O snap.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 23:24

9. Gigabinzle (Posts: 37; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)


The next wave of carrier subsidized watches...

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 01:47 1

10. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


if you can't make them. buy them instead.. :)

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 09:54 1

11. tedkord (Posts: 4483; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


If you can't make them, buy all the parts from Samsung.

TIFTFY

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