Next year, Google will release two new smartwatches. Google is bound to produce its first flagship Android Wear product. Jeff Chang, the Android Wear Product Manager, has confirmed the rumors during an interview. He stated that Google is indeed working on developing two flagship watches which are prone to be launched in 2017.
What is more, the report noted that the device would not be included under Pixel branding. Instead, the wearable will be branded by the company which produces the devices for Google. During his interview, Chang has compared this partnership with the one Google has with Nexus for the smartphone program.
The two new smartwatches from Google were rumored to be powered by Android Police, being named “Angelfish,” an LTE-powered watch, and “Swordfish,” a watch without LTE. Based on the information gathered during the interview, these watches will be the first to use Android Wear 2.0. This was delayed into 2017. What is more, adding to the interface redesign, Android Wear 2.0 will launch Android Pay support for all wearables owned by Google.
Now, at the end of 2016, the smartwatch market does not appear to be very prosperous. Pebble has recently quit on selling Fitbit. According to the IDC, every year, Apple Watch sales are off 71%. CEO Tim Cook argued that he disagrees with these figures, but not enough for Apple to issue actual Apple Watch sales numbers as it does when launching Mac, iPad, and iPhone.
In addition to this unsteady market, Android Wear appears to have its deficiencies. This type of Android adopts the standard playbook of obtaining a higher-profile Apple device with plenty of models from different manufacturers. A very significant difference here is that Samsung, Android’s biggest OEM, is not developing Android Wear devices.
After Samsung had tested the market when launching its Samsung Gear Live, the company gave up, switching to Tizen OS to fuel all its smartwatches and supporting them to go forward. Because Google had delayed the launch of its two new smartwatches for 2017, the improved wearable OS will miss the holiday season. Thus, they left OEM with no products to sell.
Qualcomm was not much of a help either. Its latest wearable known as Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC was launched in February 2016, without leaving any chance for a holiday upgrade.
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