Android wear hasn’t recieved much love recently, neither from Google nor customers. The Apple watch and Tizen powered Samsung Gear series are doing better than most Android watches. Android wear 2.0 has also been pushed back to 2017. It was initially supposed to arrive this year. And now it kind of makes sense. With Android Wear 2.0 delayed until early next year, it makes for a perfect opportunity to introduce new made by Google smartwatches with the new OS.
Evan Blass, more famously known as @evleaks, has tweeted that Google’s smartwatches are set for a Q1 2017 release.
Blass offered no other details about these alleged Google-made smartwatches. Rumors about Google making its own Android Wear devices have been posted on the Internet for months, but as with all unconfirmed reports, you should take them with the appropriate grain of salt. Android police has confirmed that these smartwatches will be running Android Wear 2.0 and are codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish.
The slimmer 42mm Swordfish supposedly features a single button and manages to forgo the flat-tire design thanks to a small gap between the display and body. This watch would have support for the MODE interchangeable bands and purportedly comes in silver, titanium, or rose gold.
Angelfish is the more advanced of the two with several hardware features to fully support Android Wear 2.0. LTE and GPS allow the watch to operate as a standalone device that does not require a phone. The significantly thicker watch also features a heart rate sensor and three hardware buttons.
Both these smartwatches arrive with Google Assistant on-board much like every other Google hardware now. While Google has not yet announced its intentions to sell its own branded smartwatch, it is certainly very possible given that the company is reinventing its hardware division with its new Pixel phones, along with the Google Home speaker and more. It might also have another reason to launch its own smartwatches as other prominent Android OEMs.
Huawei and Motorola have no plans of releasing an android wear smartwatch soon and according to an uncomfirmed rumour, Huawei, one of the best Android wear manufacturers might be looking to ditch it.
It makes sense for Google to make its own android wear smartwatches now as OEMs seem to be losing interest.
I still probably would refrain from purchasing a smartwatch, but I am excited to see what Google brings to the table, especially how the Assistant works on a watch, and how it integrates other Google products such as Google Home and the Pixel phones.
Would you purchase an Android Wear 2.0 device made by Google? Seeing the Pixel phones, its easy to guess they will be on the pricier side as well. Would you mind that? Let me know!