This year wasn’t that great for smartwatch manufacturers except for Apple. Due to the delay of the upcoming Android Wear 2.0 OS update, many companies decided to postpone their products. However, we can expect to see some major smartwatch releases in 2017. Tech giant Google announces two flagship smartwatches, releasing next year. Both the watches will be running the much-awaited Android Wear 2.0 OS.
Android Wear’s product manager Jeff Chang confirmed the news in an exclusive interview.
The upcoming smartwatches will be the first from Google. Ever since its inception, the tech giant has only worked on Android Wear software and depended on third-parties for the hardware part. But now the company wants to expand its domain. Perhaps, that’s the reason it has decided to come up with its own smartwatches.
Talking about the smartwatches, they have been codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish. Angelfish is a higher-end smartwatch with jaw dropping specifications like built-in LTE and GPS. The 43.5mm titanium colored smartwatch will have three buttons onboard. On the other hand, Swordfish is intended for mid-range users and has moderate specifications. It is 42mm in diameter and has 10.6mm thickness. The smartwatch will feature 1 button onboard. Unlike its higher-end counterpart, Swordfish will not feature GPS or cellular connectivity.
Also, Given Google’s interest in deploying machine learning and AI to all its products, we can expect to see Google Assistant (the digital assistant featured in Google Pixel and Google Home) in the upcoming smartwatches. For this, the tech giant has acquired Cronologics, the smartwatch company behind famous Alexa-equipped CoWatch. If that happens, the capabilities of the devices will be pushed to a completely new level.
However, what’s quite surprising is that both Google smartwatches will not support Google Pixel smartphones. Instead, there are rumors that both the wearables will be completely independent of your phone.
We can expect Google’s smartwatches to cost higher than any other Android smartwatch available in the market. They will sit in the same price range as the Apple Watch.
Anyways, it will be pretty much exciting to see both the gadgets making their debut in the market. Stay tuned for more updates!
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