Google look set to launch their own smartwatch with Google Now at its centre.
It's fair to say that smartwatches. and wearable technology in general, are big in the mobile world right now. We've already seen Samsung launch the Galaxy Gear, Sony release the Smartwatch 2 and Apple are widely expected to be releasing the iWatch.
Google look set to join the party by launching their own smartwatch known as the Google Watch. An anonymous source, reporting to 9to5Google, is claiming that the Google Watch will be released 'sooner rather than later'.
They also added that Google's smartwatch will be built-around Google Now. That means it'll deliver relevant information directly to the smartwatches' home-screen including social-media updates, text-messages, missed-calls, emails and much more.
The whole thing should be controllable using voice commands, but it's also likely to have a couple of physical buttons. We get the impression that the Google Watch will need to connect to another Android device - rather than acting as standalone device - and hopefully it'll be compatible with all the recent versions of Google's operating system.
Google are thought to be keen to maximise the smartwatches' battery life, and that includes ensuring that it supports Bluetooth 4.0. The latest version of Bluetooth lowers power consumption considerably and adds support for low-power Bluetooth Smart accessories.
This isn't the first time we've heard about a Google Smartwatch with a number of leaks already hinting at its potential release. Previously it's always been referred to as the Android Smartwatch, although seemingly that name has now been banished forever - but the launch of the device itself is looking for more certain than ever.
Many questions still remain unanswered: what devices will be compatible with the Google Watch, can it act as a standalone device, can it make and receive calls, how much will it cost and when can we expect it to go on sale?
As soon as 3G get any fresh information about the Google Watch we'll let you know.
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By Simon Thomas on 16th October, 2013