Google and LG reportedly working on a smartwatch, launch expected to happen in June

Ian Hardy

February 23, 2014 7:05pm

Google launching a branded smartwatch is nothing new. This rumour has been circling around the web for a over a year and the latest reports suggest we could see this officially unveiled at Google I/O in June.

This weekend, several media outlets — TechCrunch, CNET and the Wall Street Journal — all published articles with various details about Google’s pending plans. According to people “familiar with the situation,” Google will team up with LG for the wearable and it’ll have deep integration of Google Now, which will act as a “personal assistant.” The smartwatch, possibly a Nexus smartwatch, will preform like many other devices on the market today and show notifications, messages, time and date, etc.

As for the design, an early prototype suggests that it looks like the Pebble Steel with a metal band, square face and a LCD colour display, but the go-to-market Google smartwatch might ship with a plastic band instead.

Google purchased WIMM Labs last year to help them forge its way into the smartwatch space. As expected, the upcoming and rumoured Google-branded smartwatch will run Android.

Source: TechCrunch, CNET and Wall Street Journal
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  • Z A

    Do any of these watches tell time? :)

  • Z A

    Wow, heard of a joke? Sheesh

    • Sukhvir Gill

      I’m sorry I didn’t understand it.

    • Lyndon Boychuk

      Seriously???!!!

  • Chris

    * Not available in Canada

  • formulaphone

    I think that Google and LG are in love :)
    Though I have really liked their partnership so far.

  • Francois Roy

    Expect a Samsung Gear 3 by July

  • bigshynepo

    Why is it so hard for someone to put a cell antenna in a watch?
    Between Google and Apple, I’m expecting one of them to release an untethered device and whichever one does is truly starting the smart watch generation.

    Between google glass and a nexus watch with a cell antenna, why even have a phone? That’s the world I want to live in.

    • EvanKrosney

      While I think that the market may eventually be headed in that direction, at the moment it’s simply too difficult to control the necessary functions that a smartphone offers on solely a watch or pair of glasses.

    • RoboBonobo

      batteryyyyyy

    • thomas nguyen

      so… you now need a sim in the watch, so you can get all your messages on your watch? you want to make calls from the watch? so you would then need a number and a line, so you can place calls… with that you now need a bluetooth device so you can actually talk… unless of course you want to hold the watch up to your face to talk?

      i think you need to rethink your demands.

    • bigshynepo

      Glass tethers to a phone and allows you to make calls via microphones on the device. If a watch had a sim, the glass would tether to that. Your txts would be voice dictation and msgs/calls would pop up on glass. Besides the battery life of the phone-watch, consider glass already does most of what I want, this idea doesn’t seem far fetched at all.

      People will be using this combination within 24 months, guaranteed.

    • Lyndon Boychuk

      Imagine reading and replying to this article on your watch ;-) (sarcasm)

    • thomas nguyen

      yes, in the future, you would be the person with a watch (with a sim), and your glasses tethered to it, and all the lovely text message you get, you will now be sitting in your cubicle, talking to yourself, replying to texts from your friends, kids, siblings.

      OR you type a message on your watch… or on a seperate BT keyboard on your desk just so you can reply to the text discretely…
      but wait, you are now in your car, you are the passengers your mom/friends is driving, you want to reply to a text. you either talk to your glasses, or bring your BT keyboard with you….

      OR, you forget any of that combination, and now you have a watch with a sim card to send/recieve text, but also for discretion, you have cellphone to send all the messages you dont want to talk/type with a bt keyboard….

      this is why watches dont need a sim, they are impractical by themselves, and requires multiple added accessories to do what a cellphone does by itself. the watch and glasses are just that, they are to support the phone, not function AS a phone replacement.

    • bigshynepo

      If you don’t have a smart watch or Glass, they you haven’t had a chance to see how these things can be balanced into daily life. You make a few valid points but with technology and habits changing every year, it’s foolish to think we are not headed in the direction of watches with sim cards.
      I certainly hope the phone becomes a wearable interface that does the heavy lifting (wrist mounted a la Fallout Pip boy or Leela on Futurama) with the other accessories allowing for I/O options. Perhaps txting will become passe, akin to paging someone in the 90’s, with a new method of instant communication taking it’s place. Fun to dream right? Cheers.

    • thomas nguyen

      valid points, and yes, tech is prone to change, but i dont think our method of communication now, are useable on a wrist watch, though i would love a bracelet like Leela’s :D.
      i see a note up by a-jon, with a sim card based watch and sim card back in 2006/07. It didnt take off because of the need of extra devices for it to work – ie, BT to talk if you dont want to hold a watch to your face.
      The tech is there, and its useable, but our means of communication at the moment – voice and text, is a bit hard to do it quite as quick as the tools we have at the moment – cellphones.
      BUT they are extremely good as a secondary device, something that gives you output, text you have, notifications, emails, calendars, etc. but the input is tedious, so that is why the manufacturers havent made it yet.

      i do hope someone creates the next wearable tech that is functional and efficient for us to use.

    • a-jon versace

      Guys you know watches with simcards have been out for many yrs right it’s nothing new this part of the world just hasn’t adapted to it yet which is sad because in 2006/2007 I had a watch that used a Sim that i could make phone calls from using a Bluetooth and text from using a built in stylus it came with also watch videos and listen to music from it.The technology that these companies have is beyond what we could think of right now but they aren’t just going to give it to us all at once..small steps

    • grantdude

      It’s totally easy. You should make one.

  • Lyndon Boychuk

    I want one.

  • jon

    Nicest smart watch yet to bad the Nexus 6 will not be LG made so whats the point