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Google to rival Apple and Samsung with its own Android smart watch

Will be a companion to Android smartphones
Fri Mar 22 2013, 11:15
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HARDWARE DESIGNER Google allegedly is building a smart watch to compete with similar yet unannounced products from Apple and Samsung, the Financial Times reported.

The report claims that Google is developing a smart watch that will act as an extension to smartphones running its Android operating system, much like Samsung's mooted device. Unlike Google Glass, which is being created by Google's X Lab, the watch reportedly is being developed by its Android unit, according to an insider briefed on the project.

Unfortunately, that's all we know for now, and the insider failed to reveal any further details about the wearable device. However, a Google patent application for a "smart watch" seems to hint at what we can expect, describing a device with a flip up display, a "tactile" user interface and a built-in camera.

The patent, which was approved last year, reads, "A variety of portable user devices provide wireless network connectivity. Various features of a device often require a user to access the device at inconvenient times to perform a desired function. As a result, a user may simply not employ the device to its full capabilities."

Although there's no word on a planned release date for Google's smart watch, it will have some stiff competition on its hands when it arrives. Apple supposedly is bringing out its first smart watch device this year, which will act as an extension to its iOS devices, enabling users to check emails, texts and notifications at a glance.

Samsung is also building a watch, and said that it has been working on the device for some time. While its existance has been confirmed, details about the product remain vague, although rumours suggest that it will work as a companion to the company's top-end smartphones including the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Google declined to comment on the rumours. µ


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