Reports hinting at Google’s own smartwatches had surfaced last week and now images confirming the development have been made public. According to Android Police, Google’s smartwatches are codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish and will come with Google Assistant built-in.
The Android Police reports Google’s very own smartwatches could debut after the launch of 2016 Nexus devices. Smartwatches are yet to become mainstream like smartphones and Google’s OEM partners haven’t really been successful with the product.
Google’s primary OEM partner Samsung has resorted to Tizen OS for its smartwatches and other OEMs have been quite slow with their product developments.
With Angelfish and Swordfish, Google could show way for its OEM partners to build good Android powered smartwatches. However, Google’s approach is pretty much unclear.
Google currently works with an OEM partner to launch its own Nexus range of smartphones. Google’s Nexus range have been showcase devices for next version of Android and run stock version of Android.
While Android offers tremendous amount of customisation, Android Wear is somewhat closed for customisation. Most Android Wear smartwatches available in the market run same operating system and don’t boast of any differentiator.
The leaked images representing Google’s next generation smartwatches look identical to LG’s Watch Urbane and Huawei’s Honor Band Z1. The Angelfish seems to be a larger watch while Swordfish seems to be a clean take on Android smartwatches.
Both smartwatches feature a round watchface. The Android Police reports that Angelfish will be a standalone smartwatch with LTE connectivity while Swordfish will be a tethered device.
Research firm Canalys reports the connected smartwatch shipments will reach 7.4 million units in 2016. Google which still holds a major share in mobile devices would like to grab the market post Apple’s success with its first smartwatch.