Google secretly acquired Android smartwatch maker WIMM last year

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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11 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

That is some secret.

2. DaNTRoN

Posts: 135; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

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

3. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

I don't want smart watches or Glass. I just want Guess Collection watches!! http://gcwatches.com/en/products/collection/classic-collection/

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

5. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

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

6. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Well played Google, well played.

7. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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."

8. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

O snap.

9. Gigabinzle

Posts: 37; Member since: Aug 30, 2013

The next wave of carrier subsidized watches...

10. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

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

11. tedkord

Posts: 17464; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

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