Google reportedly building two Android Wear smartwatches with Google Assistant integrated

Google reportedly building two Android Wear smartwatches with Google Assistant integrated
There have been some rumors floating about that Google may be working on its own smartphone and it is known that Google has set up a proper hardware division. Now, word has it that Google is working on building its own smartwatches featuring Android Wear (obviously) and Google Assistant integration.

According to the report, Google is working on two Android Wear smartwatches but it is unclear if they are being built in-house or if they will be made by a hardware partner and carry the Nexus branding (although based on the fish-themed codenames, Nexus branding seems more likely). Supposedly, the two smartwatches may follow the same pattern of recent Nexus devices with a larger one that is more premium, and a smaller one that lacks some advanced features but should be cheaper. The larger watch is said to be sportier and include features like LTE connectivity, GPS, and a heart rate monitor, while the other will be smaller not include those options.

Both smartwatches will reportedly have fully circular displays with no flat tire like the Moto 360. The larger, codenamed Angelfish, is said to look similar to both the LG Watch Urbane 2 and Moto 360 and will be relatively thick at 14mm with a diameter of 43.5mm, which is smaller than both the LG Watch Urbane 2 (44.5mm) and the larger Moto 360 (46mm). 

The smaller watch, codenamed Swordfish, is said to generally resemble the Pebble Time Round and have a display diameter of 42mm and a thickness of just 10.6mm. Interestingly, Swordfish will reportedly support Google's interchangeable MODE bands, while Angelfish will not. Both watches will offer Google Assistant integration with contextual alerts, but it is unclear if that means any software features that you wouldn't find on other Android Wear devices. 

FEATURED VIDEO

7 Comments

1. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Come on Google! You should've team up with Asus for this! No one wants a wall clock on their wrist!.. Smh

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7215; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I hope Google builds in a Daydream VR controller into their watch as well. Considering all Android Wear watches have accelerometers and gyroscopes. Anyway I hope they make an awesome watch. If it's anything based off the Moto 360 2nd gen, then I am on board. I just hope you use some type of AMOLED display this time.

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Oh man! I thought I as banned for a moment, the comments field is gone from this site on Chrome for some reason. lol I'm looking forward to seeing what Google has in store for a smartwatch. Thus far, I haven't seen a single one that has the functionality that I feel justifies the price.

6. cleatglitch

Posts: 162; Member since: May 25, 2013

i'm sorry...but a watch just tells the time an date an cost $10-$100,000...a smartwatch does twenty things more an only cost $100-$300...if you just waiting you losing sitting on the sideline...jump in the game...man

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm fine with the price of the smartwatches, I'm not fine with the fact that they do very little more than what my phone already does. I want them to do LOT more than what my phone is not capable of doing, then they might be worth it to me.

3. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

I really hope that LG will build those,i really like LG-made smartwatches and also that would mean they will use best option for smartwatch-POLED display. Just please not HTC,they screwed this years Nexus phones,at least smartwatches must be good...

5. Darkkracker

Posts: 255; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

Good news. Hope they build it in house.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.