Despite all evidence to the contrary, and a healthy abundance of cynicism on our part, it looks like “wearable tech” – including smartwatches – might well be the Next Big Thing in mobile.
Google is just one big name tipped to be prepping a smartwatch for your wrist-based pleasure, and the latest whispers suggest it could be mere months from release.
That’s according to The Wall Street Journal, with credit predictably going to “people familiar with the matter”.
In terms of Google smartwatch functionality, we’re told it can “make recommendations and predict what information users need based on what they are doing”, with a focus on Google Now action.
Amusingly, the Google smartwatch is said to address two areas of concern with current devices, namely “usefulness and battery life”. Yeah, the lack of usefulness is a definite problem.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear is one of the highest profile smartwatches released to date, though it’s arguably a bit pointless, with compatibility limited to a small number of Galaxy devices and the battery requiring an almost-daily charge. Even Samsung concedes that it “lacks something special”.
Of course, while it remains entirely unofficial, this isn’t the first we’ve heard of the Google smartwatch. A couple of weeks ago we were told that the Google Gem Nexus smartwatch would launch “sooner rather than later”, perhaps alongside the imminent Google Nexus 5.
Apple, too, is widely believed to be working on an iWatch, and indeed Tim Cook recently touched on “new product categories” for 2014.