Google smartwatch with Android and Google Now said to be in 'late-stage development'

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| October 29, 2013

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Google is one of many companies that's reportedly working on an entry into the smartwatch market, a category that's been exploding in popularity lately. We've actually been hearing rumblings about Google's wristwear for the better part of 2013, but if the latest rumor is to be believed, the device may finally be close to landing on store shelves.

Sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal claim that Google's smartwatch is currently in "late-stage development" and that the company is currently holding talks with its suppliers about kicking off mass production. One source said that the watch could be ready for mass production "within months."

The Google watch is expected to be powered by Android and feature support for Google Now, which would enable it to display personal information based on details gathered from a user's email account. Users will reportedly be able to pair the watch with their smartphone, just like most other smartwatches currently on the market. Finally, the watch's battery life is said to be a big focus for Google, with the company working to reduce the amount of power that the device guzzles so that users aren't constantly tethering it to a power outlet.

Wearable tech appears to be a product category that Google has become heavily invested in as of late. The company is currently testing Glass eyewear with members of its Explorer program ahead of a consumer launch, and just yesterday it announced that a refreshed version of its Glass hardware would soon be available. Now today's report claims that a Google watch could be just months out, and while most of the details of the device are still light, integration with Google Now and its glanceable information could be a big selling point for the wristwear. Would you be interested in an Android-powered watch that could display information from Google Now?

Via Wall Street Journal