Google is releasing a “KitKat” smartwatch for Halloween, according to an Oct 15 report in “The Telegraph”. The Internet search giant will be the fourth company trying its hand at the growing smartwatch sector.
Samsung launched its Galaxy Gear smartwatch a month ago to lackluster reviews. Microsoft released Windows-based smartwatches back in 2004, with a variety of hardware partners, only to see its effort fail. Apple has long been rumored to be working on a smartwatch (dubbed “iWatch”), and continues to file many patents about one, but hasn't released a smart timepiece yet (in July, Apple registered “iWatch” as a trademark in Japan).
What is the purpose of a smartwatch—any smartwatch?
It's generally accepted that the purpose of a smartwatch is to present info to you so you don't always have to take you smartphone out of your pocket or handbag to check the alerts or notifications that you receive. So, the next time you hear a “ping” you don't have to stop what you're doing to pull out your smartphone, you simply have to look at your wrist.
The Google smartwatch, coded-named Gem, is rumored to be running on “KitKat” (Androd 4.4) and is supposed to be announced at an Oct 31 event along with the Nexus 5 smartphone.
Gem is said to be centered on “Google Now” and will probably be linked by BlueTooth to an Android smartphone, from which it will collect the data to display.
“Google Now” is an automated personal assistant, like Apple's Siri, that also gives a user information that it predicts the user will want based on the person's search patterns. What's more, “Google Now” also collects data from multiple sources (like reservations a user has made, movie tickets purchased, email messages, calendar appointments, flight information) and presents it to the user. “Google Now” was declared the “Innovation of the Year” for 2012 by “Popular Science”.