Back in October, some sources were mentioning about Google’s plans to launch two high-end smartwatches, then-called Nexus. However, we all know what happened to the Nexus brand in the mean time, but this doesn’t mean that the search engine giant doesn’t have some surprises for us!
Jeff Chang, product manager of Android Wear at Google, recently revealed that we will see two high-end wearable next year, these being the world’s first smartwatches to come with Android Wear 2.0 out of the box.
The new smartwatches will sport the brand of the manufacturer, just like Nexus phones did in the past. Mr. Chang didn’t gave any details about who’s going to make them, but he did mention that it is a company that made Android Wear smartwatches before, which leaves room for interpretation, considering that quite a few brands made smartwatches with Google’s operating system.
It could be Asus, Huawei, Motorola, LG, Sony, Fossil or even Tag Heuer, even though it’s hard to believe that Google is going to work again with the latter. Samsung’s is a name we shouldn’t ignore either, since the South Korean manufacturer made some Android Wear-powered watches, like the Galaxy Gear and Gear Live, before switching to Tizen. However, we have a feeling that they’re planning to focus on Tizen from now on, so the only options remain Asus, Huawei, Motorola, LG and Sony. If we’re allowed to take a wild guess, we’d say Huawei or Motorola.
After the launch event, which will also introduce Android Wear 2.0, most devices running 1.0 will receive the update, which includes support for Android Pay and Google Assistant.
The launch event should happen somewhere between January 5 and January 8, during CES 2017, where new smartwatches from Google’s partners will be introduced as well.