After the Pixel smartphones have been launched by Google, the search engine giant is now expected to reveal its own-branded smartwatches running on the latest Android Wear operating system. A fresh leak reiterates that Google is working on two smartwatches, and is looking to unveil them as soon as the first quarter on 2017.
The Two Google-Branded Smartwatches
These two smartwatches are codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish, which will reportedly be powered by the Android Wear 2.0. Angelfish is said to be the larger one and it will come with GPS, LTE connection and heart rate sensor embedded on it. Meanwhile, the Swordfish is the smaller sibling. It will not sport GPS or LTE connection. It might not even come with a heart rate sensor.
According To The Leaker
In Twitter, Evan Blass or @evleaks, a well-known gadget leaker provided the information about the upcoming Google-branded wearables. However, he did not offer any additional information except the release date of the devices.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 13, 2016
About Android Wear 2.0
Android Wear 2.0 was announced at Google I/O this year, but it was still in its preview versions. Just last month, the Android Wear 2.0 Developer Version 3 was released with integrated Google Play for downloading apps directly onto the smartwatch. The latest wearable OS also included some additional features such as complication permission, scrollable lists, inline actions for notifications and Smart Reply.
It can be remembered that Google released its first version of Android Wear two years ago and it took them that long to release the update. This caused many smartwatch manufacturers to pause their launches of newer wearable devices. However, it is already expected that next year will be a refresh of the wearable OS and might give smartwatch manufacturers to unveil their new and improved devices.
Google has been transitioning to a new phase of making its own products, hence their products sport its own branding. To put that vision to reality, Google killed off the Nexus series and launched the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL smartphones. Alongside, it even launched Google Home, Chromecast Ultra and the Wi-Fi router as well.