Last Updated: March 25th, 2013

There's no denying that wearable tech seems to be where it's at among industry analysts. Indeed, the concept of wearable devices separate from smartphones and tablets has piqued the interest of many would-be users. Pebble's smartwatch drew some pretty significant attention, and rumors of more advanced watches from both Samsung and Apple have fueled buzz for several weeks.

We've also, of course, heard rumblings about a Google smartwatch (remember that watch patent the PTO granted Google late last year?). The question remains whether Google would venture into a second wearable device (in addition to Glass), but – according to Financial Times – there's reason to believe that not only is the Google watch real, it's being developed by the search giant's "Android unit."


Of course, this information comes from "a person briefed on the subject," and we all know how incredible Mr. Briefed can be some times.

So, does it make sense for Google to even make a smartwatch? While that's not necessarily a question any of us can answer, it would seem odd for Google to pursue two entirely different wearables simultaneously. That said, perhaps the search giant wants to bring to market a more mainstream (and wallet-friendly) device for those not ready to commit to the company's potentially revolutionary glasses. Additionally, a watch connected to your Android device could offer functionality that Glass couldn't, though the watch is expected to tie to your smartphone for data just like Glass.

Google predictably had nothing to say to FT about any extant smartwatch projects, but the patent mentioned earlier indicates the watch would have a "flip-up" display and a "tactile user interface," in addition to a camera and other sundries. For the full story, just hit the link below.

Source: Financial Times via The Verge

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  • http://twitter.com/BiggiePhat JG

    is this possibly what the Google X Lab had to show to us?

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      If Financial Times is correct then no, X Lab still has something else to show us. According to FT this is being developed outside X Lab by the Android team. Thanks for reminding me though, now I'm excited again to hear about whatever it is they've got in store.

      • xriderx66

        What's the X Lab? Any links?

        • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

          TL;DR - It's a secret lab full of over-the-top secret projects, led at least in part by Sergey Brin. Google Glass is one of the things to come out of the X Lab. Little else is known about it except that the people there are supposedly working on a ton of really awesome concepts.

          • Stipe Hodak

            Q: now pay attention here Mr. Bond. This watch is your satellite uplink with M and when you flip this thing here up and allign with your glasses, you have X-ray vision. Turn this knob here and you can fire lasers. Please remove your belt and strap this on. It's a bendable, wearable battery pack with enough juice to punch through an aircraft carrier with your watch laser...

          • Matthew Fry

            So... basically this is where I should by trying to get a job.

        • spydie

          Think of it as Google Area 51

  • heat361

    I'd love a smart watch mad by Google. I think they'll sell it as an accessorie to their upcoming phone.

    • HellG


      • heat361

        Haha thanks I was typing too quick.

  • AppleMinions,,,,,,BowDown

    I can already hear the sheep talking about copying apple...

  • RedPandaAlex

    I'm trying to think of a reason this shouldnt be the same platform as glass

    • PhilNelwyn

      For people who don't want to wear Glass?

  • Mike Loomis

    I imagine a smart watch would also cost considerably less than Smart Glass, which is as good of a reason as any for Google to be working on them both simultaneously.

  • andy gowrley

    The Sony device shows there is a market and one with already loads of apps. Plenty of room for both glasses and watches in the Droid market I think plenty just want there notifications and basic control while getting on with others things than holding a phone 24/7

  • spydie

    Don't forget the new Phosphor Watches smart watch slated to be released next month.(originally slated for release last November when they hit a record amount of money through Kickstarter, but first ran into a hardware problem that overheated, then when that was replaced, it drank too much battery juice, so then they had to redesign the case to accept a bigger battery... and now, maybe soon, we'll actually get one in our hands)

  • QwietStorm

    Sorry for being a dick, but I was running in place reading that headline. Is wearable a noun?

  • Oreo

    I can already see it people using the glasses to see the people in video chat. And the watches camera to send feedback video. The thing google is coming up with.

  • Asphyx

    Google should just go all the way and greate the Google Augment...
    Chip gets implanted into your brain!
    Resistance is Futile!

  • retro_techo

    pfff.. a sketch of a "Smart watch"
    bitch please! my calculator watch is real and on me still!
    till you top that! I ain't impressed by you Google!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=400261 Jeffrey Yeung

    Don't see why this is silly - they could easily work in conjunction with one another if desired, a la smartwatch as an input device to control Glass as well as being a secondary display? or a wrist-worn device that can be used as an sensory input device (think proximity or scanning) to get info to decide what to display

    • TylerChappell

      This would actually be a really cool use if you are somewhere you need to be quiet and don't wanna say "OK Glass!" out loud lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/rmkattan Rami Kattan

    I can already imagine the headlines for March 2014: "Microsoft reveals it is working on a watch, based on Metro" :)

    • GazaIan

      That would actually be kinda interesting to see..

    • Mike Reid

      You think they aren't ?

      Isn't everyone now ?

      Next big thing...

    • anomynouse

      sorry but that didn't happen lol