Google and LG Working on Android Smart Watch Set for June Reveal

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    Google and LG are working on a smart watch that will likely be unveiled at the Google I/O developer conference in June, reports CNET. Google will reveal details on the device's operating system in advance of the hardware announcement, giving developers time to create apps for the device's retail launch.

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    Google's smart watch endeavor will mirror its Nexus line of mobile devices, with Google providing the software and a manufacturer partner designing the hardware. Google is said to be working with LG on the smart watch, continuing a partnership established with the development of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5. Similar to their work on the Nexus devices, Google will lead the marketing and sale of the smart watch, while LG will focus on developing the hardware.

    Google's smart watch will be powered by a version of Android that will integrate the company's Google Now voice assistant and search feature. The Wall Street Journal also adds that Google's smart watch will be compatible with a variety of Android devices, setting it apart from other smart watches such as the Samsung Galaxy Gear and Gear 2.

    Apple is rumored to be working on its own iWatch smart watch that could debut later this year. Recent reports suggest the device may include advanced sensors to track several health-related functions, such as blood glucose and hydration levels. Other rumors also suggest that Apple is developing Healthbook, an iOS 8 app that would utilize both the iPhone and iWatch for monitoring health statistics like weight, heart rate, calories and step counts.

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    It would be funny if Apple weren't even working on a SmartWatch and Google, Samsung, Pebble and the rest were all gambling on the wrong competitor....

    None of these companies care about making something great. They just feel the need to make something that Apple is going to make.
     
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    Good luck to them :)
     
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    I know this isn't really adding much to the discussion, but as I keep reading these news articles about Samsung, Google, Apple, etc. releasing smart watches, I keep thinking "... but I don't want one of those."

    I guess I'll have to wait and see, but this is one product category that really isn't appealing to me. It'll be the first Apple product where I've said "hmm, don't really care".

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    I would argue that of all the released/proposed smart watches, Pebble makes the most interesting one. And, being first to market, they have a head start, a growing collection of supported apps, etc.
     
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    Wish they'd go bigger. Like TVs.
     
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    Pebble is actually very good. I seen lots of people using it and it generally received lots of good praise from users and reviewers.

    Why would you think anyone making smart watch are trying to gambling with Apple? So you think just because there is rumour that Apple is making smart watch so everyone just rushing into the market? This does not make any business sense.
     
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    Apple wasn't the first to pioneer the smart watch, so to think they are all building these watches in response is ignorant (besides for samsung, who released a half baked product in order to beat apple to the market).

    If there is a smart watch that will have the ability to compete, it is a nexus like line. Price and features may favor it.

    I am anxious to see both. I own a nexus 5 and iphone 5s...so I'll look into the best product...if I can get myself to be interested in a smart watch at all.
     
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    I hope Apple is working on something other than a Gear type device. I just don't see the market for that outside of tech geeks.
     
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    Now this will be an interesting device, if it follows the Nexus mantra then it will be a high class feature packed device for silly money.
     
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    I haven't seen a single person using one and if I walked into a meeting wearing one I would be ridiculed for the first 5 minutes of the meeting and then never hear the end of it.
     
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    I bet this article is in response to this

     
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    Poor Eric Schmidt, still grasping for air..
     
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    won't be as good as the iwatch. it will be released before it though!
     
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    A Google watch. More like a wrist version of an ankle tracker :D
     
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    I have seen several person using Pebble including an employee from Apple Store. Go figure. Just because you haven't seen a single person using one, does not mean no body using one.

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    How do you know it won't be as good as iWatch, even if is not available yet? Or you just thinking iWatch will be the best?
     
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    I'm hoping that's exactly why Apple seems to be taking so long. So far, all I've seen in this category is completely uninteresting to me - merely an extension of the phone that you have to carry in order for the watch to work to its full potential. I'm not really interested in spending $300 on that. I'm not interested in spending $50 for that. Give me something that can stand on its own and be useful, integrating watch functions, as well as some fitness/biometrics and I'm getting a little interested. Adding functionality when your phone is in range is a bonus, but it isn't something I'm going to run out and buy a new watch for. Give me a reason to stop wearing the watch I already have (and like).
     
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    So true. If it follows the nexus line it will be a great device.



    I actually like the pebble paired with my iphone better than paired with my nexus. Not to mention it has 2.0
     
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    You think Pebble was "encouraged" by Apple rumors of a smartwatch? Wow.

    I bought one. I didn't think I would ever want or need a smart watch. Or even a watch as I rarely wear one. But through a "double" sale- I got a Pebble for about $90 so I impulse bought one.

    Now that I have one- I love it. Why? Because at work I often have my phone at my desk - but now when I walk away - I get alerts to emails or if someone is calling me (I keep my ringer off.) At home - I have a toddler and when she's asleep - again - my phone is on mute. Further - I have almost never heard my phone or many times felt the vibration - but I can easily feel my wrist vibrate when a call comes in - and I can see who's calling without looking at the phone. To me - that was $90 well spent even without any other benefits.

    I like the Pebble - it might not be complex or have a "screen of the future" - but it's the exact functionality I would want or need without being complicated or having too much thrown in just to be cool. THAT is why I believe it's successful.

    While there may be an audience for the Dick Tracy watch of the "future" - I think most prefer simplicity over a ton of functions. Because - at the end of the day - most things you want to see or do are better on a larger screen.
     
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    It really would be nice to combine a smartwatch and these fitness bands into one. I could actually leave my phone at home and go for a run, but still have some features with me.
     
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    Things I've learned from reading this thread:

    1. Apple was first. Just because they haven't even officially confirmed they are working on a smart watch, let alone announced a release date, doesn't mean we don't all know it's true. All these other guys, they're just copying Apple. As always.

    2. It doesn't even matter, because Apple's will be the best. The competition might as well just give up now.
     
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    I would get a Galaxy Gear if 1: it is not only work with Samsung phone 2: the price is not $200, 3: at least with 1 week of battery life.

    I am willing to spend $100 for it if Gear actually working with My Nexus 4. Gear 2 seems interesting to me with all health related stuff.
     
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    I agree. My only concern is music. I like having that when I run and I'm not sure you can build a watch that tells time, does fitness functions and can store a decent amount of music. I guess a streaming app is the best potential. But some of the fitness apps already burn battery so fast, I don't like to stream and use them at the same time.
     
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    All the fanboys who say they won't want an iWatch is kidding themselves. As soon as you see the "Apple" brand on a watch you'll be lining up at your local apple store like every other product.
     
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    Unless it can someone access the cloud, but like you said it would hit the battery hard
     
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    WOW... Your blind loyal to Apple truly amazed me. I could only imagine myself a fraction loyal to Apple.
     

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