Is Google making their own “Nexus” class Android Wear devices? According to sources from Android Police, the answer is a relatively positive “yes”. We say relatively positive simply because they indicate the reliability of the information that they are getting may be flawed. That said, they were confident enough to publish it.
Very briefly, speculation says that Google is possibly working on two smartwatches: Angelfish and Swordfish. The former is apparently more sporty and larger than the latter.
So why are we saying “Nexus” class devices? Well, if you’ve followed the development of Nexus devices through the years, you’ll undoubtedly be aware that Google has always used fish names as the codenames from Maguro/Tuna (Galaxy Nexus) to Angler (Nexus 6P) – even the Chromecast was named anchovy.
The larger of the devices, the Angelfish, is apparently going to be Google’s first standalone Android Wear device. It is said to be heftier (coming in at 14mm thick) and has a 43.5mm screen. It will also come with a large, prominent crown button flanked by two smaller “shoulder” buttons. The device will be coming with LTE and GPS capabilites.
Unlike its larger sibling, Swordfish, is a much sleeker, more petite device. The design of the Swordfish looks to be much cleaner and similar to the Pebble Time Round. The watch is believed to not have the “flat tyre” we are familiar with in the Moto360. But there will be a gap between the bezels and the actual screen where it is believed Google has integrated the sensors. It’s also speculated that Google’s MODE straps will work with Swordfish and Angelfish.
Android Wear 2.0 in a Nutshell
Google I/O saw the announcement of a major update to Android Wear – Android Wear 2.0. The update which is set to bring Google’s now ubiquitous “Material design” to the wearables platform. However, unlike the previous version of Android Wear, the implementation of the design language on Android will be optimised for wearables. In particular, Google highlighted their current implementation on round faced watches such as the Moto360, the Huawei Watch and LG’s G Watch Urbane.
In addition to that, Google also announced that the update will also bring more functionality to the watch faces of Android Wearables; allowing users to access and interact with multiple data feeds on the watch face itself. Also coming with the update is the implementation of standalone applications, better messaging, improved notifications and also better activity recognition with Google Fit.
Google Gearing Up for More Hardware
Shortly after one of the most exciting Google I/O conferences in a while, the company announced the hiring of Rick Osterloh, the former President of Motorola Mobility. The mobile industry veteran has had a hand a whole range of successful products including Motorola’s return to glory – the Moto X, Moto G and Moto E.
In his new position at Google as head of the now unified hardware division, Rick will be overseeing all Google product development including the Nexus programme, Chromebooks, the Pixel C and the above mentioned Android Wear devices. In addition, he will also be taking reign of Google’s mysterious ATAP division which has been busy developing Project Ara.
It looks like Google is gearing up to be more actively involved in manufacturing and designing their hardware. Some outlets claim that the company is opting for an Apple-esque approach to devices.
What do you think of Google developing it own hardware? Excited for Nexus class Android Wear devices?