A Google Smartwatch Launch Is in the Wings
According to The Wall Street Journal, the smartwatch is in late-stage development, and insider sources told the publication they expect Google to soon establish a partnership with the Asian suppliers responsible for its mass production. The Mountain View, California-based company has yet to confirm the device’s launch, but several leaks and rumors have supported news of its existence, and consumers are now waiting patiently for a Google announcement.
The new device is expected to run on Android and integrate with Google Now, the tech giant’s personal assistant software. The smartwatch will also be able to communicate with other Google devices like smartphones, which is meant to keep users in the Android ecosystem and out of competing systems from Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Samsung Electronics (SSNLF.PK), and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT).
Each of the mentioned tech giants are also experimenting with their own wearable devices, hoping to break into an industry that research firm Gartner expects to be worth $10 billion by 2016, but for now it’s still a race to the finish — and Samsung already got to the smartwatch first.