November 21, 2014

WSJ: Google Now watch is close at hand

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Google’s rumored Google Now smartwatch could go into mass production within the next few months, says The Wall Street Journal.

Reportedly, Google is in talks with Asian manufacturers on the production of the smartwatch and is working to reduce power consumption of the wearable device.

The new device, which will run on Android, will be integrated with Google Now, the company’s intelligent personal assistant that can answer questions, make recommendations and predict what information users need based on what they are doing, a person familiar with the situation said.

Google’s focus will not only to produce a watch that is comfortable and useful but also efficient and long-lasting. While there are plenty of competitors already on the market, each falls short in various areas, some more than others.

Google has a leg up on a few companies if only because of size. Toss in Google Glass and the general consumer awareness that things like this are happening and you’ve got some built-in interest.

The smartwatch will be able to communicate with other devices such as a smartphone, and draw information such as travel schedules from a user’s email through Google Now, the person said. The device could be ready for mass production within months, the person said.

I wrote all the way back in January about how cool I think a Google Now watch could be. Nothing that runs apps or ties to any particular device. I would love, rather, just a mobile assistant that prompts me about appointments, traffic, weather, sports, and other Google Now features. I want it could-connected with my Google account and able to work regardless of whether I have a smartphone with me.

WSJ