Three's a crowd: Google said to be working on an Android smartwatch

Three's a crowd: Google said to be working on an Android smartwatch
With speculation swirling around Apple about a smartwatch, a Samsung VP earlier this week revealed that the Korean manufacturer had been working on its own such product for some time. A screen shot of a possible Samsung smartwatch, called the Samsung Galaxy Altius, had leaked last month. On Friday, the Financial Times outed an apparent third player in the smartwatch game, a little company that we happen to know as Google. The Mountain View based company is said to have its Android team working on the product instead of the experimental Google X team. This probably means that Google sees a real strong potential in the device.

Google's patent application shows coffee prices being checked using a smart watch

Google's patent application shows coffee prices being checked using a smart watch

The recent success of the Kickstarter funded Pebble smartwatch has made many big tech companies more serious about such a device. Seeking $100,000, Pebble received over $10 million in financing and just released its first SDK to developers. Made of E-Paper, the face of  the watch can be changed as easily as downloading an app on your phone. The watch sends you notifications of calls, emails, SMS messages and more, using Bluetooth to connect to your Android or Apple iPhone. Apps can be downloaded to turn your watch into a golf rangefinder, a  pedometer and more.

It looks like there is going to be a battle for control of the real estate just above your hand. Google's smartwatch is said to be separate from Samsung's product and back in 2011, Google did apply for a patent for a smart watch using a dual-screen flip up display and an augmented reality viewer. An illustration that was part of the patent application showed the watch with the flip screen up and the augmented reality viewer being used to check the price of coffee on the shelf at the supermarket.

source: FinancialTimes (subscription Req'd) via Pocketlint

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22 Comments

2. wendygarett unregistered

I remember those android fans say watch is gimmicky and glass is better, and now I love to see some fandroid's bipolar faces :)

4. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 274; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

we'll be too busy broadcasting ourselves playing with our watches using glass.

9. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

"fandroid" here. I think glass is dumb. Cant wait for someone to get the smartwatch right though.

20. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

I don't think it's particularly dumb, I just don't like the current iteration of it. If they continue to make updated models and change up it's design I think it'll become cooler. Maybe when it becomes more than just a cube of plastic on the corner of your eye, and a full glass display that also offers augmented reality. That requires technology thats pretty far away though...

14. Aeires unregistered

Watch is gimmicky and glass is better. Still. Until they can make one with a battery that lasts longer than a month, it's gimmicky. While I can tolerate my MP3 player's battery going dead, on a watch it's unacceptable to have to charge it every day or so.

19. Tele7

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 12, 2012

Sony (Ericsson) and LG had smartwatches way before Apple considered to make on (and before Google Glass). Then I thought it's dumb. Now they brought up this idea again, I still think it's gimmicky. And yeah, I'm and android fan.

5. istitch

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

Sony has SmartWatch too, maybe they are undergoing some secret experiments.

7. MartianMe unregistered

I just don't want to hear apple funs saying that apple was the first one to come out with a smart watch we all know how they think. >:/

21. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

You don't have to worry about Apple (sic) fun saying anything.

8. 3point1416

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 22, 2013

Next trend please..

10. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

The irony and hypocrisy is killing me! Android fans bashing the "iWatch", now there beloved Google and Samsung is following Apple's trending footsteps! I know Sony/Samsung have done WatchPhones in the past, but NOW suddenly they want to make them again?! Wonder why?

15. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Actually, it's call stomping (choke hold) out your competitors at every turn they make; I for one still thinks the iwatch or swatch or gwatch is, well, not useful; the screen will be to small..just my opinion.

22. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

No its called following off Apple's success. Apple brought in a smartphone/tablet/media revoloution. EVERYONE changed and followed behind Apple.

11. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I'm lucky before everyone jumps I own Motoactv. I love it every day since I bought back in Nov 2012

12. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If you think about it, watches haven't being in fashion for years. There's this massive unexploited market ready for the picking as long as its made fashionable, people will buy like their’s no tomorrow.

13. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Finally someone who understands. Fashion is huge and changes just as rapidly as technology. If people think it's cool to wear a watch (which i have been seeing lately) and it hits the trending, people will buy the SHIZ out of it.

16. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

sigh* another watch coming soon tbh i find the idea of a watch connected to your phone via bluetooth stupid as it would be very battery draining :/ but normal consumers go with the flow so yeah watch become a trend must buy all watches

18. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

simply my opinion guys share your own :)

17. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

There are too many smartwatch!!! What's next?? WindowsWatch from Nokia? BBWatch from BlackBerry?

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