The Google smart-watch could debut at I/O this June, might have plastic band and color LCD display

The Google smart-watch could debut at I/O this June, might have plastic band and color LCD display

For the first time since last October, we are treated to a another course of rumors about the Google smart-watch. According to insiders at Mountain View, the smart-watch will be showcased at Google's I/O event this June. This is the expo which the company hosts to announce its latest hardware and software developments, and connect with the tech community. Although an earlier release was considered, the watch team "believes" the premiere will be pushed to June. It seems the device needs more time for polishing before it's market-ready.


Before the June reveal, Google could announce a smartwatch-centric variant of Android in March. This stripped-down version will rely mostly on Google Now's voice recognition and search capabilities, which sounds similar to how Google Glass operates now. This announcement is likely to happen in a blog-post. 



Reportedly, LG will be producing the rumored device. This assumes a continuation of the Nexus device model, in which manufacturing is handed to a Google hardware partner. Having produced the successful Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, LG is arguably one of Google's most trusted partners. All this also makes the smart-watch a candidate to join the Nexus lineup, appearing for sale in the Google Play Store. 


Google's smart-watch is said to have a plastic band and a full-color LCD display that "looks like a cheap smartphone". This statement is open to interpretation, but we naturally associate it with a low pixel density and unspectacular viewing angles. The watch pairs with Android smartphones, but there is no mention of iOS, WP8, or other mobile platform support. The device shows notifications and Google Now alerts, but cannot run 3rd-party apps at this point. 


This sure sounds surprising, considering Google's efforts to foster a developer community long before launching Glass - a considerably riskier product – to the mass-market. However, developers should be able to code for the smart-watch following future updates, or after root-ing their way to freedom. It would be very non-Google to lock the device down.



There is no concrete term for release currently, but at this point, the smart-watch's existence is a "public secret". Allegedly, working prototypes are being tested under high confidentiality in a "Google building", and are unable to be taken outside at all. One of the early prototypes had a metal band, square face, and displayed an animated background which blended gradient colors. We are also told that designers from the Android team have been working on the smart-watch as well.



All of this information is sourced straight from the rumor mill, so better keep an open mind in the months until June. Also, just to clarify, the thumbnail picture is a designer concept.



sources: CNETTechCrunch , @evleaks

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13 Comments

1. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Google is getting late in bringing it.

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Not really, no one has a compelling product in that segment yet so it is any ones market right now.

9. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

you forget glass

2. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

it could be late,but it can be the best..

13. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

People say the Iphone was late. Timing doesn't matter, quality does.

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I'm interested to see what kind of UI Google will put in this.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I suspect it will be similar to Google Now's cards UI

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Awesome, haven't really been impress by smartwatches yet, can't wait to see Google's spin. I hope it has a Nexus like price as well.

7. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

"looks like a cheap smartphone". Uhm. okay, that's a good place to start

12. g2a5b0e unregistered

I agree. If this thing can do at least most of the things that a super low-end smartphone can do & do them somewhat smoothly/efficiently, that would not be a bad place to be. That being said, I'm still not interested in buying a smartwatch.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not bad, like the size and look of it.

10. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Knowing you, you will buy the one with a certain logo on it...

11. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I like Android - but NOPE - why buy this watch? Looks cheap - small screen, way less functionality than a smartphone - make it do something that makes the customer feel that there is a need for that the smartphone cannot do. Look at what Huawei did with their smartwatch, for example...

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