The smartwatch seems to be the next-big thing in the tech world. Apple and Samsung reportedly working on next-generation smartwatches, a report on The Financial Times now claims that Google is the next big player to be entering the market.
Google’s Android unit is reportedly working on a smartwatch of its own, the Financial Times reports. Just like what we’ve heard about Apple’s supposed iWatch, Google’s device will serve as an extension of your smartphone, a source tells the FT. It is also being said that Google’s smart watch has no link with Samsung Galaxy watch.
Samsung says that they are working rather hard to craft a smart watch on their own. It is believed that Samsung would likely to opt for Tizen OS over Android mobile OS. As of now, it’s hard to comment upon whether Samsung is more inclined towards Android for its smart watch project or not.
A Google spokeswoman declined to comment on any plans for the smart watch market.
In 2011, Google filed a patent which clearly hints at Google’s intention to make a smart watch device. Here is an abstract about “Smart-watch including flip up display”.
“A smart-watch can include a wristband, a base, and a flip up portion. The base can be coupled to the wristband and include a housing, a processor, a wireless transceiver, and a tactile user interface. The wireless transceiver can be configured to connect to a wireless network. The tactile user interface can be configured to provide interaction between a user and the smart-watch. The flip up portion can be dis-placeable between an open position exposing the base and
a closed position concealing the base. Further, the flip up portion can include: a top display exposed when the flip up portion is in the closed position and an inside display opposite the top display. The inside display can be concealed when the flip up portion is in the closed position and be exposed when the flip up portion is in the open position.”
As smartphones become so ubiquitous as to be close to commoditisation, Samsung, Google and Apple are all looking to the wrist, as well as the pocket, for their next innovations in personal communications.
Sourc: Financial Times