Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google smartwatches tipped for release in the first quarter of 2017 will reportedly feature the company’s digital assistant. The two device going by the codename Angelfish and Swordfish according to Android Police will run on Android Wear 2.0, which is also slated for release early next year.
Google Smart Watch Features
Speculation is rife that the wearables will feature circular displays with Angelfish being the larger of the two. Its size could indicate additional high-end features given that it will be a sports variant featuring a heart rate monitor and GPS. The variant will also feature three buttons on the side as well as a larger battery to support LTE connection.
The Swordfish model is unlikely to come with extra features such as LTE of GPS according to reports. It may also lack a heart rate monitor. Android police also report that the smaller of the two smartwatches will come with one button similar to the one on Apple Watch.
Unlike the previous models, Android Wear 2.0 will allow the two Google smartwatches to operate as standalone devices. What this means is that users would not have to connect them with a smartphone to carry out some operations.
Google Assistant Integration
Both smartwatches are expected to feature Google Assistant as the tech giant continues to explore ways of setting itself apart from the competition. The digital assistant would be a great addition as users will be able to issue commands by simply talking instead of having to tap the small screen.
Even as speculation continues to gain momentum on what to expect on the smartwatches Google is yet to confirm whether it plans to sell its own branded smartwatches. Up until now, it has only issued Android wear that other hardware makers have used to power their wearables.
In addition to Google Smartwatches, the tech giant is also flexing its muscles in the smartphone arena with new Pixel phones. Google home speaker are also in the pipeline as the tech giant continues to pursue new opportunities in the smart home arena.
Alphabet stock was down by 0.95% in Thursday trading session closing the day on a low of $84.08 a share.
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