Google will launch two Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches in 2017
The smartwatch market is cold, but Google, hasn’t lost its hopes yet. Earlier this year Android Police reported that the Pixel phone maker is working on two new Android smartwatches. Furthermore Evan Blass revealed that these smartwatches will debut in Q1 2017 and run Android Wear 2.0.
Now Google has confirmed that it is working on two new flagship smartwatches. In an interview with The Verge, Android Wear’s product manager Jeff Chang said that Google will launch two new Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches within the first quarter of 2017.
A previous report had mentioned that Google will manufacture both smartwatches, however, that’s not the case anymore. Chang said that these smartwatches will be built by a company that has made Android Wear smartwatches before and also carry the brand of the company as well, though he declined to name the hardware partner.
This means that the new partnership will be similar to Google’s Nexus programme, where devices are built by third party manufacturers, but under Google’s supervision.
According to earlier reports Google’s two Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches are codenamed Angelfish and Sword fish. Angelfish will be the bigger of the duo with a 43.5mm dial, three hardware buttons to control watch functions, heart rate sensor, GPS and LTE cellular connectivity. The Swordfish on the other hand will have a smaller 42mm dial, single button control and support Android Wear Mode. Both will have Google Assistant integration for contextual alerts.
Chang also said that after Google launches its smartwatches, other partners will release new Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches throughout 2017. More details will be revealed at upcoming CES 2017 and Baselworld trade show later in 2017.