After a few rumours about a flagship Google smartwatch, Android Wear’s product manager Jeff Chang has now confirmed that the company is working on two such watches. Chang said in an interview with The Verge that Google will launch two flagship smartwatches in the first quarter next year. The Google smartwatches will be the first to run Android Wear 2.0 platform.
It was rumoured earlier that the smartwatch may be branded Google or Pixel, but it turns out they will carry the manufacturing company’s name instead. Without naming the company, Chang said that the company has made Android Wear devices in the past as well. He said that this collaboration will work as Google’s Nexus smartphone program.
The two watches will be the first to come with Android Wear 2.0, which is still in developer beta. The company will roll out the final developer preview of Android Wear 2.0 in January.
After the Google smartwatches launch, some other supported watches will also receive the update. Android Wear 2.0 brings features like standalone apps that don’t require a smartphone, support for Android Pay, and also Google Assistant.
Chang also said that after Google’s smartwatches launch, other smartwatch makers will launch their devices based on the Android Wear 2.0. He said that some of its partners may announce new smartwatches at CES in January 2017.
According to earlier reports, the two smartwatches are codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish. The Angelfish is supposedly the bigger and more feature-rich of the two watches, while the Swordfish is smaller and cheaper.
The leaked renders show that the Angelfish has a more pronounced and rugged design, with a larger crown button and smaller shoulder buttons above and below it. It also appears to be thicker and chunkier.
Compared to Apple’s smartwatches, Google has failed to excite users about Android Wear watches. If Apple Watch wasn’t enough to cause troubles for Google, Fitbit’s recent deal with Pebble also suggests that the fitness maker may enter smartwatch market, which is not a good news for Google.
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