Samsung may not be using Google Android in its latest smartwatches, but fret not Google fans. You may have a chance to pick up a Google-branded smartwatch later this year.

TechCrunch reports Google had planned to launch its first watch in March… although that date might be pushed back to June. Meanwhile @evleaks confirms the June launch date, saying the watch will be built by LG and it’ll be revealed at the Google I/O developer conference this summer.

Google Smartwatch

Like other smartwatches, the Google watch is designed to let you interact with your phone without pulling it out of your pocket. It’s expected to have a full color LCD display and support for gesture-based navigation including taps and swipes.

The watch will pair with your phone over a Bluetooth Low Energy connection and it’ll let you view caller ID info and notifications for text messages, among other things. TechCrunch says the watch doesn’t currently support third party apps, which puts it at a disadvantage compared to a few existing smartwatches. But Google plans to add support for apps through future software updates.

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2 replies on “Reports: Google smartwatch shipping this year, built by LG”

  1. I just hope they get the design right, there are so many possibilities for screens and control methods, I think I’d like it best if they made something similar to a sony smartwatch 2 (so touchscreen, transflective LCD, NFC, week-long battery life) but added wireless charging and maybe other cool things like a curved screen. You’ve gotta be able to keep the screen displaying the time/notifications all the time, no tap to turn it on, also personally I hate side buttons as they feel like a cheap casio from the 90s imo

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