"Is that a smartwatch you're not wearing?" Google's may actually appear

Mar 22, 2013 by Nancy Owano report
Android

Want to play smartwatch? That's the game where you pretend to buy a big-vendor smartwatch that doesn't exist but everyone talks about nonetheless. There is the Samsung smartwatch rumor mill, the Apple smartwatch rumor mill, and, as of this week, a burning-up Google rumor mill. The Google talk was sparked by Financial Times blogger, Tim Bradshaw, this week. In his blog titled "Google is working on a smartwatch, too" he said according to "a person briefed on the project" that Google's smart watch is being developed by its Android unit, and the watch will "act as an extension to the smartphones using that operating system."

There is no word of a date when it might launch but there are clues that Bradshaw might be writing about more than extra ingredients for the Samsung-Apple- rumor mill.

Since the project is attributed to the Android unit and not the X Lab, the project might be earmarked for launch rather than multi-phased explorations that may or may not surface any time soon. The Google X Lab hatches technologies for the future such as the much-publicized self-driving cars and glasses. Another clue lies in the date October 2011, when Google filed a patent for a "Smart-watch including flip up display." The filing described a smart-watch that can include a , a base, a flip up portion, and a camera.

The patent described the camera as one that can be in communication with the processor and the flip up portion can form a viewfinder for the camera when in the open position and be configured to display information regarding an image within the viewfinder.

A popular view about a likely Google smartwatch is that wearable computing in and of itself is considered as an inevitable sign of the future, which makes the watch undertaking all the more plausible. Moving information away from the confines of desks and PC screens, the labs outside Google are busy tinkering with that operate in the physical world.

While talking sneakers and Google glass already grab attention as what-ifs, they might be less amenable to immediate and easy uptake than would wearable watches. Should Samsung and Apple rush out smartwatches, Google would be left in the dust. As the Financial Times blog noted, smart watches, whether by Apple, Samsung, or Google, would jumpstart the wearables market.

Explore further: Gift Guide: Strong photo, video gear options

Related Stories

Google has designs on flip-up wristwatch

Oct 04, 2012

(Phys.org)—While futurists have generally enthused about the coming age of wearable computing, showcase items among the top vendors have focused on prototypes for heads-up displays. Reactions have included ...

Android-powered watches get Internet savvy

Jan 12, 2012

The Internet was strapped to wrists at the Consumer Electronics Show on Wednesday in the form of Android-powered "smart watches" that serve up online content along with telling time.

Apple targets Google in patent suit

Nov 07, 2012

A US judge on Wednesday was considering a request by Apple that would pull Google from the sidelines in a long-running patent war with Samsung over mobile gadgets powered by Android software.

Recommended for you

Ear-check via phone can ease path to diagnosis

Dec 18, 2014

Ear infections are common in babies and young children. That it is a frequent reason for young children's visit to doctors comes as no consolation for the parents of babies tugging at their ears and crying ...

Gift Guide: Home products come with connectivity

Dec 18, 2014

Do you really need an app to tell you to brush and floss? It seems every household appliance is getting some smarts these days, meaning some connection to a phone app and the broader Internet. But then what?

BlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort

Dec 17, 2014

(AP)—BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones—and most smartphone customers—have embraced touch screens.

Tag Heuer changes tune, now looking at smartwatches

Dec 16, 2014

Barely a few months after dismissing Apple's smartwatch, the new chief executive of luxury Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer conceded Tuesday that such a hi-tech gadget might after all have a place in his firm's ...

User comments : 5

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

VENDItardE
1 / 5 (4) Mar 23, 2013
so as soon as Apple imitates the google device by using a wristband then apple goes bankrupt and finally gets off the planet.....thank god.
VendicarE
3.7 / 5 (3) Mar 23, 2013
VendiTard doesn't like apple.

This is odd because VendiTard is a Corporate Stooge.
Lurker2358
2.3 / 5 (3) Mar 23, 2013
Can't wait for the iAsswipe. Toilet paper is so out-dated.

The ability to wipe the ass with an electromagnetic field will save so many trees.
GSwift7
1 / 5 (2) Mar 25, 2013
Can't wait for the iAsswipe. Toilet paper is so out-dated.

The ability to wipe the ass with an electromagnetic field will save so many trees


Go a step farther. Make them from recycled e-books. Wouldn't want to waste perfectly good pixels.

Here's one you can actually buy, with a very sustainable design:

http://www.wastes...sue.html
evropej
1 / 5 (1) Mar 27, 2013
Does anyone see any apple bashing trolls?

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.