Google is planning to add artificial intelligence (AI) technology to its Android Wear smartwatches by integrating Google Assistant into two forthcoming Nexus-branded devices.
Wearers of the rumoured smartwatch will be able to talk to their smartwatches, running searches and queries by voice and getting spoken responses from the Google Assistant.
The source revealed that Google is working on one larger watch designed to be stuffed full of features and sport-related technology for fitness fanatics and health tracker fans. The second will be smaller and lack the mobile data and GPS capabilities.
The first has apparently been codenamed Angelfish and is rumoured to look like a cross between the Moto 360 and LG’s Urban Edition LTE. It’s apparently quite thick at more than 14mm, probably because it has to squeeze in an LTE chipset and GPS capabilities.
The smaller device, dubbed Swordfish, is supposed to resemble the Pebble Time Round, except with a slimmer bezel and gentler design along the lines of the Apple Watch.
It is likely that Google’s mobile software people will also add some unique functions to the smartwatches and, by extrapolation, the next wave of Nexus phones.
The world of Android Wear smartwatches is a fairly murky mire of devices with heavily customised versions of the smartwatch OS, but a Google watch with vanilla Android Wear could kick Apple off the smartwatch throne.
Whatever the future holds for Android Wear, we like the idea of Google Assistant on our person. The smart home functionality could allow us to mutter 'Fire up the kettle’ as we amble home bleary eyed after a week of writing for your enjoyment.
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