Mass production of the Google Watch could begin shortly with the smartwatch entering the final stages of development.
At least that's according to sources familiar with Google's plans who suggested that the search-giant has been working-on the Google Watch smartwatch for some time. They are even thought to have opened talks with Asian suppliers about mass producing the device.
Google Watch is said to be so close to being completed that it could even launch before the end of the year. It remains to be seen whether that means it'll go on sale to consumers, or if it will enter public-beta testing period which was is currently the case with Google Glass.
Google's first smartwatch is built around Google Now, the voice-controlled assistant that brings you 'The right information at just the right time'. It can answer search queries in a similar way to Apple's Siri software, and reports relevant information to the home-screen including: social network updates, breaking news, email alerts and more.
Behind the scenes Google have been working hard to maximise the smartwatches' battery life, so you don't have to charge it too frequently. It's also expected that the Google Watch will have to connect to another smartphone to function, and hopefully it'll be compatible with all recent Android smartphones and tablets.
The smartwatches currently on the market don't work with other manufacturers devices : Samsung's Galaxy Gear is only compatible with Samsung devices, and Sony's Smartwatch 2 only works their own devices. Hopefully, Google have seen the bigger picture and you'll be able to connect the Google Watch with any device running Android.
From what we've heard so far the Google Watch could be the smartwatch that moves the technology away from its current 'novelty status'. Google's software expertise and cross-manufacturer compatibility could make the Google Watch the next must-have mobile device.
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By Simon Thomas on 30th October, 2013