Google Watch allegedly getting ready for the limelight

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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32 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Google Now on a smartwatch!

23. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 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).

27. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 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.

2. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

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

6. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

3. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

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

4. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

I will buy this instead of Galaxy gear anyday!

7. Daboss

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 27, 2013

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

9. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

14. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Funny you say that as an android user

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Explain the battery drain in iOS 7.

30. 9thWonderful

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 24, 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?

22. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

28. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 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.

32. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 910; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

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

5. Daboss

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 27, 2013

Waiting for iwatch. All the others don't matter

8. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

12. Daboss

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 27, 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

16. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

you have a point sir. +1

21. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

25. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

*an...

29. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

31. 9thWonderful

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 24, 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.

10. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

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

19. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

20. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

+1 for you sir!

26. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

hehehe

11. LikeMyself

Posts: 629; Member since: Sep 23, 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!

13. Daboss

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 27, 2013

I think a circular smart watch will look silly

15. zombiewolf115

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 16, 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

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