Report: Google Smartwatch to launch at IO 2014 in June, made by LG

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According to a knower of things, @evleaks, Google’s long rumored entry into the budding smartwatch market will come at this year’s Google IO in June and will be manufactured by LG.

We haven’t heard much from Google regarding a smartwatch, often leaving tech bloggers and enthusiasts to piece the puzzle together over the past year.  We know that last year Google purchased WIMM, a smartwatch manufacturer, and quietly added the wearable company into the Android fold. We also know that Google has been awarded a patent or two for smartwatches in the past, slowly adding to the intellectual property needed for successful entry into this market.

As for LG as the manufacturer of choice, LG and Google have a good history together, producing televisions with Google TV, the Nexus 4, and the recent Nexus 5. In fact, it was reported a year ago that LG was getting into the Android smartwatch craze, so this little gem should be right up LG’s alley.


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  • O’s Fan91

    Yes.

  • Michael Katz

    I guess this will be the Nexus watch?

  • master94

    Please have a front facing camera. James Bond style

    • Sean Royce

      A watch does honestly not need a camera, it’s a watch for christ sake.

      • shonangreg

        You could say the same thing about numerous other features.

      • Crimsonshadow774

        Your car doesn’t need cruise control or a radio either.

  • earth

    curved, display needs to be

  • Alex Boro

    Google needs to hop off of LG’s d***.

  • nofearofimaginarymen

    What I want: Affordable ($150 or less), good looks, water resistant, and for the battery to last at least a week. So basically, a more affordable pebble steel without a logo on the front.

  • Andork

    If the watch looks anything like that render and performs like it’s Nexus phone counterparts I’m in!

  • OMFCody

    Needs a curved OLED lcd, thin, and the battery needs to last a week or more.

    • techraan

      Right? Of all the devices that could benefit from LG’s curviness, a frakking watch would be it!

    • DavidVarghese

      At least a solar-powered battery… I don’t think I can own a watch that I would have to charge every 6-8 hours…

      • shonangreg

        A solar panel on the back, or maybe the straps, would seem to be a useful feature. I have a Casio that can charge for a month’s worth of use in just a couple of hours of direct sunlight. The Casio is so low energy usage, though, that I can actually charge it while wearing it as long as my sleeves don’t cover it.

        These smartwatches are going to all require more juice, though, so a solar charge means taking it off and setting it in the sun. It kind of defeats the purpose of pervasive computing. A wireless charger that can fast charge or charge overnight might be the only viable solution. A traditional solar panel can already be used to give USB current, so add a Qi charger and you’re even set for camping or earthquake survival, as long as you’ve got enough sun.

        • Sean Royce

          On the back? The sun would never see it.

          • shonangreg

            Oh, you’d have to take it off, lay it face-down, and open up the strap. Unless you can get solar panels on the strap, I don’t see any other way to put solar charging into the watch. The back is generally not used for anything else, so it is an open canvas, so to speak.

          • xsirxx

            the strap?

      • NexusMan

        Neither could I for 6-8 hours, but 24 hours or more I can.

    • Scott Tompkins

      A week charge, no problem! …so long as you don’t mind having your radius and/or ulna replaced by a battery implant ;)

  • steveb944

    Take my money!

  • feztheforeigner

    Well it’s gonna be hard to do worse than the competition (Galaxy Watch) :p

  • Jack Parker

    If it looks like that and is cheap. You sir have made a sale

  • SpaceGhost09

    might be my next toy… it definetly has to look nice though, and of course water proof.

  • Alex

    imagine, instead of starting with “watches” they made futuristic looking forearm bands. That would allow manufacturers to work on making things smaller and eventually create more of a watch.

    • Delmar

      like the “Opsat” in splinter cell chaos theory, hahaha i would def buy one!!

      • Alex

        yes exactly. I mean ya it is basically a cell phone strapped to your forearm but i feel a lot of these watches aren’t sleek enough. They need to start with something bigger.
        The concept above looks nice though.

  • curiousfox

    You guys suck at covering news, there’s been a lot of stuff going on at MWC 2014! I keep hoping one day you guys will step it up like the good old days!

    • dizel123

      Why report news that people actually care about when you can report on rumors and post ugly renders?

  • MIKEEEEE

    waiting patiently for the price drop on google glass.

  • DavidB23

    So they curve a phone that doesnt need to be curved, then dont curve a watch that should be curved.

    • Robabobbob

      Let’s hope that photo isn’t representative of the actual device (aside from the nexus label, I hope that is true).

      • TheOtherGuy

        Maybe it’s flexible and the screen bends? O_o

    • Averix

      It’s a render of someone’s concept, not the real thing.

  • Delmar

    i switched from itunes to “play music”…if this is has native support and same features that are comparable or above the galaxy gear i’m buying one

  • Marsg

    I think June is going to be around the same time Sony releases their Smartwatch 3, so this is going to get interesting if these rumors are true.

  • TheJunkie

    Is it water proof?
    I never take my watch off….except for xray or MRI.

    • JohnZabbaMcLean

      Well look no further. I’m sure these don’t have good battery life and you’re going to have to be tethered to an outlet

  • Jeffrey Graves

    This I will go for.