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It's Official: Google Is Building an Android-Based Smartwatch!

Steven Blum
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Sony's Smartwatch! / © Engadget

Today the Financial Times is reporting that Google is developing a smart watch in coordination with their Android unit, which could mean that the device will end up on shelves before Google Glass. 

Google didn't give away many juicy details, but you can find hints about the device in a 2011 Google patent application for a "smart watch" with a dual-screened "flip-up" display and a "tactile user interface." You can read more about the details here.

Smartwatches are now widely considered to be the Next Big Thing in portable electronics, and entries from Motorola, Samsung, Pebble, Jawbone and Apple have been widely hyped.  We've tried many, including Sony's Smartwatch, Pebble and the i'mWatch. The main complaints we've had are their dearth of useful features and miserable battery life, but Google could change all that with the right ideas.

The biggest competition Google will likely face is from Apple, which is expected to release a smartwatch of their own in the coming months. We'll see which one is most useful to consumers…

Are you excited by the idea of a Google smartwatch? Or do you feel like you already have too many electronics lying around and would rather not have one strapped to your wrist? Let us know below!

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  • Gio A. Mar 22, 2013 Link

    I would love to have a google smart watch on my hand Steven. Even do I have my phone with at al times I still mis some important messages sometimes because it's almost always on vibrate and when moving around I sometimes don't feel it vibrate.

    Sow the idea of having a watch strapped to my hand that could alert me to new messages and notifications from my phone is for me great. I tend to look a lot ad my watch for time or even the date even if I have my phone in front of me and would just as easily have checked the time or date there. I think it would make life a lot easier.

    I wouldn't have to fish my phone every time out my pocket te check for any notifications I would just look at my wrist and see what's up and quickly decide if it's important or not that I have to reply.

    The ability to check the weather, time, date, notifications from the notification center and read messages all with the flick of the rist would be in my opinion more quickly accepted then google glasses. Don't take me wrong i like glasses also but aint sure if the world is ready for it.

    Maybe google could also integrate a fitnes app in it to keep track of your daily activities. Think of all the possibilitys. Bring it already google.

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