GOOGLE REPORTEDLY PLANS to launch two Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches early next year as the firm doubles down on hardware following the launch of the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.
Android Police reported that the Google-branded smartwatches will arrive in the first quarter of 2016 with a focus on the company's Assistant AI.
The bigger model, codenamed Angelfish, will be the talking point as it shuns the need for a connected smartphone with built-in LTE and GPS connectivity.
The smaller model, nicknamed Swordfish, will be substantially skinnier than the flagship model and more suited to pairing with an Android or iOS smartphone.
Both of the watches will be compatible with the MODE bands for Android Wear, and both will be among the first to run Android Wear 2.0, according to the report.
Google revealed last week that Android Wear 2.0 will arrive next year, despite originally planning a launch for late 2016.
Android Wear 2.0, once it is released next year, will be the first version of Google's wearable OS to support standalone apps. This means that apps can communicate directly over the internet via Bluetooth, WiFi or cellular rather than having to rely on a nearby tethered smartphone.
Android Wear 2.0 also delivers a teeny-tiny fiddly onscreen keyboard, a full Material Design overhaul to Google's smartwatch platform and improved fitness-tracking sensors. The software will also be able to detect when a wearer starts walking, running or cycling.
Beyond the vague details on offer above, we don't know much else about the so-called Made by Google smartwatches, and Android Police noted that it's still unclear whether they will arrive with Nexus or Pixel branding. µ
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