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Despite the standard wristwatch falling from popularity in recent years, smartwatches are potentially destined to be big business over the next few years. Arguably the best efforts in this industry have come from lesser known manufacturers like Pebble, which took the smartwatch world by storm with its record-setting Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign with over 85,000 backers.
There’s been enough buzz in this emerging market to turn heads from the major manufacturers as well. Apple is allegedly working on an iWatch running the company’s iOS operating system, and Samsung has recently suggested it too is working on a smartwatch. Yesterday, the Financial Times reported that Google is working on a smartwatch of its own, and that the company’s Android unit is working on the project, instead of the X Lab which created Google Glass. As The Verge notes, this could mean that Google sees the smartwatch as a more immediately viable product, and one that could see the light of day as soon as Google I/O in May 2013.
Google declined to comment on their smartwatch efforts, but has previously filed for patents related to such a technology. A patent filed in 2011 describes a smart watch with a dual-screened flip-up display, tactile UI, and onboard camera akin to the Google Glass project. And if Glass is any indication of the type of design we might see in an eventual Google smartwatch, the company could just have a winning product on its hands.
I, for one, can’t wait to get my hands on a Google-built smartwatch, and will be looking forward to potentially seeing such a product later this year.
This article was written by Anthony Domanico
Anthony is the Editor in Chief of Techgress, and a big mobile and gaming geek. He's covered mobile technology for the better part of three years, and gets excited about shiny, new things. He currently uses an iPhone, iPad Mini, and Nexus 7, but Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry devices are never too far away.