Google to intro a smartwatch indeed, as well as new Gmail and Maps interfaces

Google to intro a smartwatch indeed, as well as new Gmail and Maps interfaces
Google's rumored smartwatch is real, tip insiders, and has already been showcased at the Berlin, Manchester and Mountain View offices of the search giant. It “still needs tethering”, mentioned the source. “It’s not a standalone device yet. It needs to be tethered to a smartphone.”

The premise, however, is for the watch to have similar features to Google Glass. “Functionality will be very much like Glass,” claimed the insiders.

It is not only hardware, though - Google is prepping interface updates for the famed Maps and Gmail apps, too, in line with what it's been doing to the desktop versions, namely full screen appearance with floating bars, and hidden menus for Gmail, swipable from the left. Google I/O is just around the corner, so we will know more on Wednesday.

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2. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Meh. I have serious doubt about the need for smart watches. They're trying to sell us on a product we're not asking for. I don't think you can fairly compare this to smartphones (an evolution of PDAs) or tablets (a hybrid of laptops and smartphones).

4. serge327

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

SONY smartwatch is enough¬¬

20. decent4u

Posts: 75; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

nothings ENOUGH ;)

5. bparkerson unregistered

I don't see this as an alternative to smartphones or as a standalone device but as an accessory to smartphones, tablets, and PCs. Like Google Glass, I think as an accessory the possibilities are truly endless...count me in!!!

6. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

While i do not have any intention of buy a smart watch, i welcome the advancements to make technology more portable and easily accessible. Lets see the competition!

10. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Hmm insomnia 12:00 Watch: wake up fb update 12:01 watch: wake up fb comment on your wall 12:02 watch: flip sides your sleeping to long on one side 12:03 watch: your battery is low need to plug in charger 12:04 watch: my battery is low charger HMmmm

16. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

12:05 Watch: Battery depleted, shutting down. Insomnia problem solved.

11. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

a "smartwatch indeed." What's a 'smartwatch indeed?'

12. samsungIScopycat

Posts: 27; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

i knew it..once apple start to make watch...google always follow it... lol

14. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

lmao GTFO of here. Google has been prepping their watch for some time, now. Apple is always the company that falls behind. Nice try, though.

15. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Wow.. mind sharing some of whatever you are on?

19. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

your name makes it clear that you hate Samsung, lol :D

23. willard12 unregistered

I know, right! It's like when Apple started making 4g phones and then 3 years later....Samsung has 4g. Or when Apple started using pull down notifications...and then 3 years later...her comes Samsung. Or when Apple let you answer a call with an SMS and of course Samsung had to copy. Oh wait, maybe I've got that backwards.

21. ECPirate37

Posts: 345; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

I haven't worn a watch since 2001 due to the fact I found no need since I had my phone with me at all times. However, I wouldn't mind checking out the Google Watch, just to see what it has to offer. Even if it has to be tethered to my phone to work, it could be cool. I'll make a judgement once I actually see it, and use it instead of saying something is better now.

22. timtimity

Posts: 196; Member since: Aug 13, 2012

I like the look of the Samsung Galaxy Altius

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