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If you're into the idea of a smartwatch but haven't quite been swayed by the current offerings, Samsung's Galaxy Gear is likely on your radar. If you thought that's the only watch tech to look forward to, however, think again. Word just broke that Google purchased a smartwatch manufacturer about a year ago, right under everyone's noses.

That manufacturer was called WIMM, and it created an Android-powered watch called the WIMM One. Shortly after the watch's launch, however, the company closed up shop, deleted all its social media accounts, and left its website as nothing more than an empty shell with a note stating the company had "entered into an exclusive, confidential relationship for our technology and ceased sales of the Developer Preview Kit." And just as quickly as it showed up, WIMM was no more.

Not a single tear was shed.

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Fast-forward to today, and GigaOM has gotten word that it was none other than Google itself that purchased the watch maker. The company is reportedly now working as part of Google's Android team – a decision that makes perfect sense, as the watch was originally running Android anyway. But wait, there's more!

GigaOM goes on to speculate something quite interesting: Andy Rubin stepped down as head of the Android team back in March of this year to head up a still-unannounced project elsewhere within Google. Could it be software for an upcoming Google Smartwatch? Sounds likely, though there's absolutely nothing to confirm (or deny) that claim. It's merely speculation. To that end, we've also heard from a reliable source that Motorola is actually the one building the hardware. It's all starting to add up.

So, when can we expect this mystery Google smartwatch? Hard to say, really, but it's safe to say that one's coming ... eventually.

GigaOM

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Motorola is the perfect choice for the Google smartwatch. It really does make sense.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      NO IT DOESN'T THAT MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL

      jk it does

      • fonix232

        Well Motorola doesn't make Sense in generic, so...

    • Mkvarner

      Because that will be the only smartwatches with battery life?

    • Alain Dechtjar

      No HTC makes Sense... Motorola makes Stock^^

      • Roh_Mish

        it made blur before stocks

    • Asphyx

      Moto Will be the place where Google does most of it's internal Hardware design and R&D. That doesn't mean they won't partner with companies like ASUS and Samsung in the future on new features, I just think that Google will use Moto as a sort of Hardware playground for ideas that Samsung and ASUS may not be so inclined to put resources to. Especially now with all the controversy that came about with the Nexus and drivers required for AOSP support.

  • Tim Gueusquin

    Motoactv + WiMM = Google Time (couldn't think what else they would call it that doesn't sound generic or bland)

    • Phill_S

      Motorola WTCH

      With a bigger battery there will be the WTCH MAXX variation.

    • John Bailey

      STOP.....Google Time... (whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa) /bad MC Hammer reference lol

    • Thomas’

      I prefer Nexus Tempus.
      Or Nexus Momentum.

      But only because the latin word for "clock" sounds crappy as a marketing term.

  • Tim Gueusquin

    Double post fail

    • Ivan Myring

      Cyanide and happiness.

  • Phill_S

    It was always speculated that Andy Rubin was getting the Android @Home automation project which they want to get moving on while it is still a tiny niche that is just waiting to blow up when integrated with modern smartphone tech, which is also right in his wheelhouse given his house is supposed to be completely automated.

    It could be true Andy was moved off Android into the smartwatch, but it feels like Andy parachuted into Motorola to head up the Google[x] guys there who would have been developing the watch for around 6 months since the buyout of WiMM is a leap too far and certainly there is no evidence to make that leap.

  • Asphyx

    Perhaps there is a new GoogleWear Division...
    Watches, Glasses, Android Powered Bionic Genitals....You know the obvious stuff! LOL

  • ConCal

    Cool! I excited they have lots of talent working on this.

  • Akshay Gupta

    I see some surprises coming up in November. A phone, 10 inch tablet, a smartwatch(maybe) and well KLP! :D

  • mechapathy

    Bring on the Nexus of Time.

  • Trully

    Wimm .. really?
    Not a single tear was shed. Wonder why