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Report: Google Smartwatch to Launch at Google I/O in June, LG to Handle Manufacturing

Rumors and reports of a Google smartwatch, previously codenamed Gem, have been in the news for months. This weekend, more details have appeared through CNET, with sources of theirs claiming the smartwatch will in fact launch at Google IO in June. Google plans to announce the smartwatch platform this March through a blog post (typical Google), and then have the final unveiling at IO in San Francisco. 

The device, manufactured by LG, is reported to run much like Google Glass; allowing Google Now’s voice controls to handle the general operations. If you still aren’t using Google Now every day, then you should opt-in to the service.

Unfortunately, no more details on how the watch will look or operate have been reported at this time, but you know we will update you with any new information that becomes available.

  • Chris

    I’m good with LG making the watch, as long as the buttons don’t end up on the BACK-side of the watch!

  • Radgatt

    Ok Google Watch…What time is it?

  • redbar0n11

    No one has done the It’s Happening GIF yet??? Missed opportunity…

    EDIT: Someone had to do it: http://cdn0.dailydot.com/uploaded/images/original/2014/1/7/its-happening-ron-paul-gif.gif

  • markgbe

    i’m in.

  • Michael Bassett

    All the way to June?! I really want a Pebble but don’t want buyers remorse if Google releases an awesome-looking game-changing smartwatch.

    • Barlog

      I’m already feeling it, just placed my Pebble Steel order the other day with my tax money, and I’m debating on canceling my order to wait for this…

      • Michael Bassett

        I would if I was in your shoes. We’ll find out soon enough the direction and look Google is going for with their watch. If there is anything I don’t like I would go on the Pebble steel and maybe the price would drop by $25-$50 the closer we get to Google’s offering being released.

  • Chris Hughes

    I wish Google would come up with an iPod Shuffle competitor. I have one that I had waterproofed and it’s great for biking and running. But I’m stuck using iTunes on it and all my music really comes from Google Play All Access.

  • Curtis

    I am not ready for a $1500 watch!

  • emoney

    trying… to …. resist … drinking the google koolaid

  • chris_johns

    that concept design would be awesome…esp if they make it circular…like a big edge to edge circled screen with google now running it that actually looked like a watch when the clock is just on would be awesome…im not a fan of these smart watches that look like smart watches because they are a square piece of metal with a small screen in the middle…why not all screen with as little bezel as possible

  • Guttan

    Will it receive the NSA stamp of approval prior to launch?

  • Fresh360

    Google NOW is the killer feature.

    • James Monday

      I agree. But as much as I love Google Now, I feel it still has plenty of room for improvement. Cards like weather, sports, and directions are helpful, no doubt. But beyond that I don’t see much meaningful content appear often. And even then, the cards aren’t always reliable for me (e.g. sports games that never show up).

      Contextual awareness is killer. But I’d like more granular control over what I see and when, at least until the automation becomes more reliable.

  • El_Big_CHRIS

    I hope it works better than the Gear and that google doesn’t release it half baked

    • JSo

      Even if it is half baked, its coming from Google so it will probably be easily rootable and easy to modify.

      • El_Big_CHRIS

        Well as long as it doesn’t turn out to be like the chrome cast and be closed up for months I’m OK with that

        • JSo


      • n900mixalot

        The Great is extremely easy to root and mod.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      I think that’s a funny comment. I think Google enjoys to release half baked products and touch it up as time passes.

  • nosedive94

    Between this and Apple’s offering, we might finally have a market for smartwatches from companies who are used to combining form and function.

    • Chris M

      Dont count on Apple’s smartwatch being released. Seeing more and more where they are opting to go another route instead of the smartwatch route.

      • nosedive94

        I would buy Google’s anyway. I just think some healthy competition would improve the whole market.

  • evan brown

    If this has nexus-y pricing, its going to be a gamechanger

    • chris_johns

      this x100….except google feels that glass is worth 1500 at the moment…….i cant meh enough to that

      • Mike Aurin

        That’s also for a piece of hardware meant more for developers to work with at the moment. It’s an explorer program for a reason, not ready to be mass distributed at a consumer price.

        • chris_johns

          Again…never said that…just stating what it is now wont retype all my ramble i just did

          • Egnimatic_Foolishness

            And I’m going to agree with @Mike, maybe that’s not what you meant, but that’s the impression you’re giving……

          • Egnimatic_Foolishness

            And I’m going to agree with @Mike, maybe that’s not what you meant, but that’s the impression you’re giving……

      • MKader17

        I can’t “meh” enough to people who believe that $1500 is retail pricing for Google Glass. Google didnt want to sell a million of them. They wanted only serious people to buy a limited production so the price is upped to account for low volumes and allow them to provide service to a small group of developers. It obviously didn’t keep out everyone as many non developers bought them and then complained that it wasn’t a polished final product.

        • chris_johns

          Dont put words in my mouth i never sais theyd retail for that much…im well aware of the explorer program and the reasoning my point is i dont think glass should cost even 200 bucks and i know theyll go for more…bc glass does nothing but display info in a cool way…thats all doesnt have augmented reality doesnt do anything else its a companion device that just shows u info same as a smart watch minus somewhat useful fitness sensors

          • Justin W

            You said, and I quote:

            “google feels that glass is worth 1500 at the moment”

            Which is not the case – Google only wants a limited amount of people (preferably developers) to purchase the device, which is why it’s priced so high. Though some consumers did purchase it, that was not their main goal in making the “explorer kits” available. They are fully aware Glass is not work 1500, however, the ability to develop for Glass prior to it’s release is fully worth that $1500.

          • chris_johns

            Not even going to read all that… Google set the price… They think (feel) explore program Google glass should cost 1500

        • michael arazan

          Sooner or Later, they will need Test Groups to use them for a month or so, That’s the group i want to be in closer to the finished product.

    • Just sayin

      Let’s hope it makes the iWatch look backward and out of touch

      (A proper turnabout for when the iPhone sent the first Android prototype back to the drawing board: http://bgr.com/2013/12/19/original-iphone-android-story)

  • Nexus_FrEak

    Anything is better the Galaxy Gear… Gear… whatever it’s called!