Google next to join the smart watch fray?

Google next to join the smart watch fray?

Summary: Apple, Samsung, now Google?

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Is Google next to join in the development of a smart watch, or is the rumor mill simply working overtime?

Corporations in the tech industry thrive not only by developing innovative new products, but by watching the market -- and their rivals -- closely. If you want to compete, then if another company develops a product, such as a smartphone, and there is a market for it -- then you'd best get on the wagon too.

Perhaps this is the reasoning behind the latest report by the Financial Times, which suggests that Google's Motorola Mobility unit is currently developing a smartwatch of their own. According to the publication, the device will work as a connected companion to your Android smartphone.

It may be that as the product is being developed by the Motorola Mobility unit, Google may see it as a quickly viable product -- something Android and Me's sources seem to collaborate with. The publication says that based on a tip-off from a source, Google's version of a smart watch could launch "by the end of summer."

Separately, Samsung's Vice President Lee Young Hee confirmed this week that the smartphone and tablet maker is working on a smart watch. Lee commented:

"We've been preparing the watch product for so long. We are working very hard to get ready for it. We are preparing products for the future, and the watch is definitely one of them."

No specific details were revealed about the upcoming wearable gadget. In the same manner, rumors this year have suggested that Apple is working on their own product, dubbed the "iWatch" by media outlets.

One analyst suggested that if Apple chose to launch a product based on wearable technology, it could become a "$6 billion opportunity" for Apple.

However, no tech giant has truly entered the market yet. Instead, third-party developers have created "smart watches" including the ePaper watch Pebble, which can connect to smartphones via Bluetooth technology.

Topics: Google, Apple, Emerging Tech, Samsung

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  • Google -- the "me too" company

    "Google next to join the smart watch fray?"

    Perhaps, because Google has become little more than a "me too" company, specialising in imitation instead of innovation, and acquisition -- all bankrolled by the cash from search, their one great innovation over a decade ago.
    Tim Acheson
    • Good point..

      Good point, but remember, Google's cash cow is advertising. Much of the wealth was created when Google acquired DoubleClick...

      I don't know that I need to see a GPS-enabled ad on a watch. I buy a watch to see what time it is.
      donald duck 313
    • "Me too?"

      You guys are either biased or quite a bit behind. Google watches are already around. Here's the first one released over a year ago and certainly wasnt the last:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDYGcvLZMiM
      mike_rotch
  • Everybody loves watches now

    Is it going to be "Swiss made"?
    AleMartin
    • NO AleMartin....

      It would be made in America.
      Dasbaba Das
      • Damn

        Good watches must be swiss made and show 10:10 in advertising pictures.... I'm going to skip it...
        :)
        AleMartin
      • Not worth buying

        So it will be like US Cars-- oversized, energy guzzlers, and a risk of catching on fire because they use new battery technology like the Boeing Airplane..?

        I'm not sure I need another device to tell me what time it is anyways. My phone does it, my laptop, and other things too.

        I have a watch because it lasts 3 years on a single battery anyway. I can't see how any technology improvements can be made.

        Also, you develop apps for the platform; what information do I need on a 1x1 screen that I can't already get on my phone in my pocket? I really thought about this too; I just don't see it being useful.
        donald duck 313
        • Just like Samsung

          Do as Samsung does - wait, poach and claim it a your own...
          Nomoremaos
  • This article is a bit topsy-tervy

    This article is a bit topsy-tervy. I reckon it would have been more accurately written this way up:

    third-party developers have
    *designed and manufactured their own*
    "smart watches" including the ePaper watch Pebble ...

    Google have been working on wearable technology
    for a few years and are now rumoured to be working
    on a watch ....

    Apple are also rumoured to be working on wearable
    technology ...

    This market could be worth Billions.
    tuxtester
  • Another google crap to create headlines

    Like most other Google crap apps, written by some engineers as a weekend program and then publish it as some web service and then retire it in a years time because it has collected or stolen enough personal data. I wonder when Google will start making toilet paper.
    Owllll1net
    • When google have the toilet paper

      It will make complete analysis and will report all your diseases and cholesterol level to some central computer :)
      AleMartin
  • Another crap post from OwlNot

    ...no facts, just spouting FUD as usual.

    Why don't you get as fed-up creating such garbage, while we all get fed-up reading it just to get past it.
    radleym
  • MotoActv

    Motorola has had this for over a year. They just limited their customer base by marketing it as a fitness product. I was excited for the MotoActv when it was introduced but disappointed when they chose not to market it as anything but a fitness device.
    dmeguy
  • companion device, lol

    A blue tooth headset, but in a devastatingly less convenient package? Or please tell me that you also need a bluetooth headset and the watch only tells time and allows music selection. That would be so awesome.
    qwetry
  • Buy a Jammer, and ........

    While much is being discussed regarding the privacy concerns of Glass, the inevitable consequences will affect anything that uses wifi or electronic signals, including smart watches.

    Small mobile jammers costing less than $200 affect a radius of anywhere from say 5-20 meters, depending upon the location, and given that people will eventually realize that a few people carrying these unseen devices in a particular area will scramble all signals, i.e. nothing at all will work!

    Once this becomes a basic reality in public places then any product you buy based on radio signals will simple be throwing money down the toilet.
    JAL_z