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Google’s Smartwatch With Google Now Only Months Away From Production

Google Now Smart Watch

The often leaked and rumored Google smartwatch that supposedly runs Google Now is a lot more real and a lot further along in the process of being made than we expected. The Wall Street Journal, one of the first publications to report on this device, says they now have information that the watch is in “late-stage development” and “could be ready for mass production within months.”

In addition to this shaky timetable, WSJ also reiterated that this watch’s capabilities would be centered around Google Now and syncing with your phone or tablet throughout the day. Apparently Google has been hard at work on reducing power consumption so it would not need to be charged very often. Other than that, this new report had little to share.

We heard from our sources a while back that we could possibly see this watch, codenamed “Gem,” launch with the Nexus 5, but it seemed pretty unlikely. This report confirms that it might launch a little while after the Nexus 5.

After the mixed reviews that the Galaxy Gear received when it launched last month, would you still be interested in seeing Google’s take on the smartwatch?

Via: WSJ

  • Sean Bello

    I think this is what we’re looking for in a smartwatch, not apps. Information like time, setting alarms, reminders, and events, weather, etc on voice command.

  • morpheus282

    If it’s significantly less than $300, I’ll give it a shot. This type of thing just seems like a toy that would end up in the junk drawer before the end of a month – sort of like the LapDock we got for my wife’s RAZR for $50.

  • John Clausen

    I think that face is gorgeous. Simple. Clean. The experience is the main feature. Not a bunch of gaudy screws and metal and a stupid camera like the Gear. Google will do it right.

  • Peter Blanco

    This. I want this. Now.

  • n11

    Here’s a staple function that should be on any smartwatch at any time, THE TIME.

  • CHRIS42060

    With a Google Watch, Google Glass, and the Nexus 5 I will be unstoppable

    • AbbyZFresh

      No you will only be seen as the purest Google fanboy nerd on earth with no sense of privacy.

      • CHRIS42060

        Oh well still better than being an Apple fanboy.

  • RoboCop

    Having a smartwatch that is Google Now is all I need in a smartwatch. Tell me the time and then give me a quick option to search for something. My phone can stay my phone, I dont need to be Dick Tracy..I do, however, want to be able to search for something without unlocking my phone and typing…..”Ok Watch” is the perfect code words.

  • dmagicp

    I was so close to ordering Sony’s Smart Watch 2. Man I’m really glad I waited. I have a feeling this is going to be awesome.

  • NoThanks

    Yeaaaah I think this industry is starting to go goofy places that I’m not interested in following. Don’t think I’ll ever need a curved phone or a flexible screen synced to a watch and wearing Google Glass.

  • zurginator

    For this to succeed it needs to change 3 things about the Gear:
    1- It needs to look good in a business environment.
    2- It needs compatibility.
    3- It needs to do LESS.

    The purpose of a Smartwatch right now should not be to do as much as possible – it’s a companion to your phone, not a replacement. It should display the Time and weather – a swipe up brings up Google Now, a swipe down brings notifications. With that, 99% of what users will use is covered. Running “Angry Birds 57.5” on a watch is cool for showing off, but you won’t actually use that beyond the first week.

    • “It’s a companion to your phone, not a replacement.” THANK YOU. That’s what i’ve been saying. I dont want a 720p camera on my watch (like that one on kickstarter.)

      • AbbyZFresh

        Which is why the watch needs to be cheap.

    • joejoe5709

      Amen, Good sir. I could care less if it has a cellular signal. Tether it to my phone via BLE and call it good. Speaking of which, it needs to be compatible with just about any phone released within at least the last 12 months. Heck… If it’s so heavily based on Google Now and less on Android itself, why not make it compatible with iPhones like the Chromecast? If anyone can do this, it’s Google. If they can beat Apple to the watch market with something that works across platforms… heads will explode. I’d say the one hindrance is the battery drain that bluetooth brings, but phones with BLE will be much better off.

      All I need is the time, the weather, notifications, a music player (songs stored on my phone) and an easy way to search/send things to my phone (NFC?). It would be nice if turn-by-turn directions could be sent to the watch. I would looooooove Chromecast/Wireless Display support on the Google Watch. Watch the nerds swoon when I send a YouTube video to my TV or control Netflix with my watch. I’m sure Google will fare better than Samsung, but something business-esque would be great. It needs to look premium without being too gaudy. This goes without saying but it needs to be at least water resistant and it needs to last at least a few days with heavy usage.

      I DON’T need a camera on my watch for any reason other than being a creepy wannabe spy. The ONLY exception would be a low resolution front facing camera for Venture Bros-esque video chats. That might be kinda cool but I don’t NEED it. I don’t need my watch to be a phone. That’s what my phone is for. BUT! If I were able to initiate a call through my phone using the smartwatch and have it play the call via Bluetooth in my car… Well that might be pretty useful.

    • Wil Gibson

      If it does everything my Smartwatch 2 does but better and with style, I’ll have to find a way to convince my wife I need this. I love my SW2 for the convenience it brings while I work(The director of my schools sometimes texts and emails reminders during class, and my phone is always on silent.), but the SW2 obviously needed a little more time baking before release. The advertised music widget isn’t even there yet which is a real downer, and it can be slow to respond when trying to activate an app 🙁 I’m crossing my fingers for the Google Watch.

  • Raven

    And, ironically, I was just starting to look at the Kreyos Watch today. I think will be waiting a bit longer to see what Google comes up with.

  • NexusMan

    Of course I’m in!

  • JohanV

    Funny, I made a Nexus smartwatch like a year ago 😀

  • Guest

    Funny I made a Nexus smartwatch like a year ago..

  • Droidzilla

    This is what I thought of when I saw the potential name:

  • Philip J. Fry

    I hope it’s not flat.

  • John Huie

    I’d love this. Assuming that it can run apps form the Play Store. I need something to sync to my Runtastic App. I use my phone to keep track of mileage, speed, etc, to know if I am going too fast or slow. Marathon training and such. Having a display on my watch would help out A LOT and i would not need to pull my phone out of my running case/belt. I could just glance at my wrist. ANd then I could pause, keep track of who is sending me a text, decide if it was important, etc. If the price is not $300, either. Maybe someone will make like a g-shock sort of case for it…

    • Brooks Barnes

      This is what I’m looking for. Motoactv was close, if I can have my watch display customized statistics like my current GPS watch and give me the option to start whatever I want to listen to…podcasts, music, etc. The pebble is close, but from what I understand isn’t customizable and can’t display HR from a HRM.

      • John Huie

        totally agree. I think the SOny Smartwatch 2 might be good… but I’d rather get Google.

    • mcdonsco

      The Sony SW2 does this…I have one but I’m *trying* to return it (mobile fun, never buy from them!) because it doesn’t work with exchange email on non sony phones.

      • John Huie

        i see that. yeah, the sony smartwatch 2 is a good competitor and maybe what i get… I want to see what Google does first, though…

  • fuct.

    Looks terrible. Would be much happier with a collaboration with Casio for a G-Shock smartwatch. hell, Call it the G+Shock.

    • AndySamberg

      it’s a mock-up, bro.

      • fuct.

        Still dorky.

    • John Huie

      i would LOVE a gshock smart watch like that! G+shock would be great. Maybe G-Shock will make watch cases? I would pay for that!

  • Chris

    Would the average joe even give a damn about a smart watch when their phone can do so much more. sure the samsung ads make it look “cool” if you are a nerd. Hell they even show an somewhat attractive lady at the end but will it really catch on? Would Glass even catch on?

    • Droidzilla

      I’d use a smartwatch. There are a few things I do often that would be a lot handier to check on a watch rather than having to pull out the phone, like checking the time, seeing what a notification was (and if it’s not important, letting it sit for a bit), next turn while walking, compass, etc. Nothing huge or that you couldn’t live without, but it would probably be something really handy if it was integrated properly.

    • j

      Not many. Watches have evolved to become basically functional jewelry, and are worn mainly for aesthetics. Having a big honking thing on my wrist is the last thing I need when I can take half a second longer and look at the device in my friggen pocket.

  • elemeno

    “This report confirms that it might launch a little while after the Nexus 5.”

    Nah, Google won’t announce the Nexus 5 until this is ready. Trolling level 100 for a few more months.

  • Chris Welnetz

    Too bad Samsung will find a way from preventing me to use it with my s4

    • Greyhame

      No worries, you’ve got galaxy gear!! /s

  • MikeSaver

    Probably not. Maybe if it was a circle like Ron suggested

  • JT3

    Unfortunately, everyone is in such a hurry to release a smartwatch — ANY smartwatch — that aesthetics aren’t even a consideration. They haven’t yet realized that the vast majority of people who are actually interested in one of these things are simply waiting for one that’s functional, doesn’t drop its bluetooth connection every 5 minutes, lasts more than a day on battery, easy to charge, easy to use, and most importantly doesn’t look like you got it out of a carnival claw game. (I almost said Cracker Jack box, or bubble gum machine… but how many of you would have actually gotten the reference, hmmm?).

    I am one of those people waiting. Give me something worth buying, and I’ll throw money at it. ‘Nuff said.

    • Wyatt Neal

      I would have gotten the Cracker Jack / bubble gum reference … thanks for making me feel old. NOW GET OFF MY LAWN!

    • Sirx

      And you just KNOW–Past experience tells us all, sadly–that Apple will be the first to do this, to give you exactly what you described.
      Then every other company/manufacturer will be like “Ermagerd! How did Apple do that! Who would’ve ever thunk that spending a few extra dollars on making an appealing design would pay off so much!….And how soon can we copy them…”

    • and, for the lady geeks like me, one that isn’t ginormous

  • ToddAwesome

    Go go Gadget…..who gives a [email protected]

  • Alex Goings

    Could it look like this?

    • Milind Shah

      umm why post the same image twice?

      • Alex Goings

        Accident. Other post deleted.

  • Alex Goings

    Could it look like the watch in this image?

  • Stewie

    Curve the fracking display already, like what we expected to see in renders of GGear, but not a flat plate that would sit on my wrist …

    • npompei

      This – please god let the face not be a square like this. I would inadvertently smash that watch off of everything. Somehow the Samsung Gear watch looks awesome compared to this!
      I know it may be just a rendering but please god let me be able to wear this thing to work out in, wear around all day, etc.

    • Elliot Kotis

      That is not an official pic. *facepalm*

    • cns2007

      If they work with LG, they’ll get the curved display and make use of their “stacked and folded” battery technology for longer battery-life. Here’s to hoping.

  • decidedtochangename

    So when I go ‘OK Google Now’ will both my watch and Moto X fight over what to do?

    • Ian

      A black hole will open up and all will be lost.

      • Chris


        • Chris

          foreigners or people who didn’t understand the series. Sad sad human beings…

      • arthuruscg

        Or they add a always on camera with eye tracking to see what screen you are looking at to display the response. If you are not looking at a screen it will read off the response.

      • decidedtochangename

        I may have to wait for the reviews then.

    • JT3

      “Good Question. We’ve solved this by changing the trigger phrase to “OK Google Now, Smartwatch” or “OK Google Now Phone” or “OK Google Now Tablet” depending on the device. We feel that this is the perfect solution for multi-device cooperation.” -Google.

      (I can sooooo see that happening.)

      • KoTiell

        Ok Google Phone, Ok Google Watch, etc. wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.

      • Joseph J Pfister

        We might as well just start saying “go go gadget ____”, which I am VERY much in support of. 🙂

        • Peter Blanco

          You can change the phrase to activate it as is, so technically that’s possible now 🙂

          • Richard Jackson

            Can you really change the phrase?

          • Peter Blanco

            Sure can!

        • 640k

          This comment deserves 11ty billion up votes.

      • Rob Fetterhoff

        You might as well read it a book if you are saying that much. They need to keep it short and sweet.

        I would imagine hey you have the watch on. Disable moto x listening features.

    • Dale

      Easy solution would be that the watch just acts as a secondary display for the phone, not as a separate device.

      • Elliot Kotis

        How…Google Glass and Galaxy gear are 🙂

    • htowngtr

      I’d imagine that wearing the watch would disable the listening feature on the phone. Just a theory.

    • Droid Ronin

      Perhaps you would have to say “OK, Watch”, similar to how you say “OK, Glass” to give a command to Google Glass.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      I’d assume there would be an app that connects the watch to the phone so there is probably a trigger in the app that would let the watch take the command if paired to the phone, or maybe it just sends the command to the phone and pulls the response.

    • James_75

      I thought that was only a Motorola feature.

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