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Google rumored to debut 'Nexus' smart watch with new operating system in June

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The flood of wearable devices headed to market is expected to continue with a new wrist-worn smart watch from Google, rumored to be unveiled at the search giant's I/O 2014 conference this June.

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LG's Lifeband Touch fitness tracker was unveiled last month.


Google will reportedly partner with LG, much like it has done for previous "Nexus" phones and tablets with third-party hardware makers, according to CNet. Actual details on the hardware, such as specifications, pricing or availability, remain unknown.

Prior to unveiling the hardware, Google is also expected to introduce a new smart watch-specific mobile operating system that will run on the device. That new platform is likely to be showcased by Google in a blog post by the company in March.

Both Google and LG were reported last year to be working on their own smart watch devices, but Monday is the first time an alleged partnership between the two companies has been revealed. Numerous companies view wearable devices as the next big growth area in technology, and even Apple is rumored to be considering entering the space with an alleged "iWatch."

Just this weekend, Samsung announced a new lineup of Gear 2 smart watches, ditching Google's Android platform that powered the first-generation Gear. The new Gear 2 watches will connect with Samsung's recently released Galaxy smartphones, including the Note 3, S4, and S5. A smaller wrist-worn accessory known as the Gear Fit is also set for release this April.

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Samsung's Tizen-powered Gear 2 was announced this weekend.


Google is already on the wearable market, albeit in a limited capacity, with its head-worn Glass, a smart heads-up display that connects to Android smartphones as well as Apple's iPhone. Currently, Google Glass availability is limited to developers for testing purposes.

Last August it was revealed that Google bought smart watch maker WIMM Labs to boost its wearable initiatives. The company previously sold a connected device known as the WIMM One.

Perhaps the biggest name currently on the smart watch market is upstart Pebble, which recently launched its new high-end Steel model. Other competitors range from established brands like Sony and Archos, as well as smaller hopefuls like MetaWatch and Basis Science.

LG already announced its own iOS-compatible Lifeband Touch fitness tracking wristband at this year's Consuemr Electronics Show. However, the company's rumored collaboration with Google is presumably a different, as-yet-unannounced product.
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I hate those Fandroids so much that I know that this will be a cheap copy of what Apple has planned. Google makes nothing that I want. Nothing. I prefer Apple, thankyuouverymuch.
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I have not see anyone say how long these watches run before you have to plug them in. BTW the watch is now on year 3 and still ticking on the same battery and I never have to take it off since it is water proof and shock proof.

It bad enough i have to charge my phone every night and some days I forget it when I am about to leave for work, imagine you have to plug in your watch every night and remember to take it with you along with all your other electronics.
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I understand that Apple needs to get the details right and avoid being rushed... and maybe Apple will NEVER release a watch....

 

But it sure would be nice to see an Apple watch/device sooner rather than later.

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Remember the flood of "slate" and tablet announcements that preceded the iPad launch? How did those products fare? That is, those that actually made it market.
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Who cares about what Google is going to release?

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Who cares about what Google is going to release?


The author of the article?

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Just looking at the quality of Googles' software initiatives I for one could never feel inclined to check out any of Googles' attempts at their HW efforts. Probably never will.

I think they are a tasteless company, with no respect to style, no wish for creating a coherence experience, or having their products work in congruence with one another for that matter.

Google. All the money in the world couldn't ever buy them class. It's just not in their DNA.
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I have not see anyone say how long these watches run before you have to plug them in. BTW the watch is now on year 3 and still ticking on the same battery and I never have to take it off since it is water proof and shock proof.

It bad enough i have to charge my phone every night and some days I forget it when I am about to leave for work, imagine you have to plug in your watch every night and remember to take it with you along with all your other electronics.

1) Did you miss a starting sentence or paragraph? It sounds like you're referring to some regular watch with the statement "...the watch is now on year 3…" but I can't make heads or tails of it.

2) One thing these smartwatches and fitness bands have going for them is small batteries. This means that even if you do have to charge it daily you can do so within the duration of a shower so those that like to wear their watch at night will have no issues there. That said, these bands are already coming in at several days to more than a week between charges which means it shouldn't be much of an issue for most, with the obvious outliers being those that expect it to last as long as a standard watch which could be years to infinity for self-winding watches.

3) I don't think we'll see a solar powered and/or kinect-charging watches from Apple but I think we could see a wireless charging station that would at reduce the slight annoyance of having to plug in a very small connector.

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I understand that Apple needs to get the details right and avoid being rushed... and maybe Apple will NEVER release a watch....

 

But it sure would be nice to see an Apple watch/device sooner rather than later.

Apple is like a celebrity showing up late to a party.

 

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Yawn. I'll wait.

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I'd love it if Apple never released an "iWatch" and it was simply a diversionary tactic. A name meant to mislead competitors to work on one thing while Apple secretly planned something else. I've owned every Apple product ever made, but have no desire to wear an electronic wristband, no matter how cool it looks.
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I've owned every Apple product ever made, but ...


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I know that this will be a cheap copy of what Apple has planned.

Explain to all of us once again how one copies something that doesn't exist.

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I hate those Fandroids so much that I know that this will be a cheap copy of what Apple has planned. Google makes nothing that I want. Nothing. I prefer Apple, thankyuouverymuch.

Grr I hate those pesky phandroids for some reason my medication doesn't allow me to remember! I also hate this potential watch and Google for copying an Apple product which doesn't exist. How dare they copy something which no one has even seen yet and all the news is speculation!

Please calm down my friend the world outside your window is a much more interesting place!
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I hope it's good.  If it is, Apple will be pressured to make theirs better.  Everyone wins!

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I hate those Fandroids so much that I know that this will be a cheap copy of what Apple has planned. Google makes nothing that I want. Nothing. I prefer Apple, thankyuouverymuch.

 

Really?  I think it's funny, albeit not really surprising at all, that the first post on this article is from someone who directly correlates the ultimate quality of a rumored product to their own feelings of hate toward the Android platform/users and expectations of Apple's also possibly completely non-existent rumored product.

 

I can only hope that you are the minority and other Apple users possess some shred of objectivity.

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I haven't used it personally, but in demos that I've seen, it looks like Google has done a lot of work on making an interface work in very limited space for Glass. I wouldn't be surprised to see them basically transfer that card interface straight to the watch.
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How bizarre... Even LG has this elongated screen (like Samsung) that makes it effectively useless for normal human beings. Wake up, LG and Samsung! People can't use things designed like that!

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post #20 of 58
Sammy brings a new product (who's this one copied from?) and Sam gushes. Sam are you a real person?

Anyway, who cares?

Put this crap on SammyInsider.com.
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I hate those Fandroids so much that I know that this will be a cheap copy of what Apple has planned. Google makes nothing that I want. Nothing. I prefer Apple, thankyuouverymuch.

You forgot the /s

And you're not fooling anyone.

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Announce to the market, ok. Arrive at the market? A whole different thing. This is Google we are talking about.

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I'm really fake surprised by this news. Companies are trying to beat Apple based on rumors that they're working on their own watch. Apple really is one of the only companies that isn't a reactionary company.

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I completely disagree that Google has no style, coherent experience, or product ecosystem.  Google's apps have been converging lately to a tasteful design with light colors, clean fonts, and good information density.  And the Google ecosystem is linked seamlessly by their cloud services.  It's one thing to not like the company when you are abreast of their products and another to not like the company when you're clueless.

I think it's all a poor experience, and checked to see if anything has changed for the better. So I went to google.com where one can find 5 items: search bar, +You, Gmail, Images and a button for 'more'. So I click on 'more' to find 9 items, plies yet another button with 'more'. I think this is a poor design; just show all the buttons, preferably on their homepage. Apple had this with MM and now also hide the buttons on iCloud, which I don't like.

So I tick on 'even more from Google' to tak a look at their Docs implementation. I'm instantly in a word processing view, while I would've expected to make a choice first on what type of document I would like to create. No, word processing. So how does one create a presentation document? Ah, signing in to Google Drive. Ok. And another new window/tab.

What's up with this 'Display Density' setting? Why even design it: 'Comfortable', 'Cozy' or 'Compact'? The amount of inconsistencies is staggering, the use of colours, fonts, it's all ugly IMO. Highly opinionated opinion.

If I browse their other stuff things don't make sense either. Their video calling software is called Hangouts, some sort of social media app. But ok, Wiki tells me it's the successor to 3 apps they previously had, so I guess that's a plus. But no XXMP support; so much for openness.

I'd probably find more of this crap if I browse any longer. But yeah, they do have an ecosystem, that's true. I just don't like how it's all designed.
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next this year Samsung announces ''Samsung Galaxy Ring'' and others will follow,  wow! i really wish i was Tim Cook every word coming out from his mouth its magical

 

 

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So I tick on 'even more from Google' to tak a look at their Docs implementation. I'm instantly in a word processing view, while I would've expected to make a choice first on what type of document I would like to create. No, word processing. So how does one create a presentation document? Ah, signing in to Google Drive. Ok. And another new window/tab.
 

On the "even more from Google" page, do you not have the options of Docs, Slides, and Sheets?

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So I tick on 'even more from Google' to tak a look at their Docs implementation. I'm instantly in a word processing view, while I would've expected to make a choice first on what type of document I would like to create. No, word processing. So how does one create a presentation document? Ah, signing in to Google Drive. Ok. And another new window/tab.

 
On the "even more from Google" page, do you not have the options of Docs, Slides, and Sheets?

Nope. Go here:
http://www.google.com/intl/en/about/products/
and ticking on Docs gets you a Word Processor. I think this is simply a very poor experience, bad design, like it hasn't been tested. This coming from someone who doesn't use Google products should say something. Others must've noticed this.
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Given that Sansung is using Tizen to run its watch and Google will build a new OS for its watch, it seems natural that Apple is also building a new OS for its watch. Maybe that's why Tim Cook mentioned new categories of products.

 

Sorry, it's probably obvious for everyone here! I am too slow :embarrass

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Nope. Go here:
http://www.google.com/intl/en/about/products/
and ticking on Docs gets you a Word Processor. I think this is simply a very poor experience, bad design, like it hasn't been tested. This coming from someone who doesn't use Google products should say something. Others must've noticed this.
That's weird Phil. Using your link I see them listed. What are you seeing directly beneath Docs?

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So I tick on 'even more from Google' to tak a look at their Docs implementation. I'm instantly in a word processing view, while I would've expected to make a choice first on what type of document I would like to create. No, word processing. So how does one create a presentation document? Ah, signing in to Google Drive. Ok. And another new window/tab.

 
On the "even more from Google" page, do you not have the options of Docs, Slides, and Sheets?

Nope. Go here:
http://www.google.com/intl/en/about/products/
and ticking on Docs gets you a Word Processor. I think this is simply a very poor experience, bad design, like it hasn't been tested. This coming from someone who doesn't use Google products should say something. Others must've noticed this.
you should try the google.co.uk site. You then get to choose which app to use. You still get asked to log into google drive though but you do get the choice of word processor, presentations etc
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That's weird Phil. Using your link I see them listed. What are you seeing directly beneath Docs?

Looks like you are privileged with way more Google Products than me. Possibly for good reason! (And that works both ways)

Clicking on Docs over here:




Gives me this:



No choice in type of 'Doc'. But...(read below post)
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you should try the google.co.uk site. You then get to choose which app to use. You still get asked to log into google drive though but you do get the choice of word processor, presentations etc

Frick me, that's a vastly longer list than what I'm getting! Looks like Gatorguy isn't privileged; mine just happen to be revoked!
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Nope. Go here:
http://www.google.com/intl/en/about/products/
and ticking on Docs gets you a Word Processor. I think this is simply a very poor experience, bad design, like it hasn't been tested. This coming from someone who doesn't use Google products should say something. Others must've noticed this.

I followed your link and for some reason I still see options for Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Does your page look different? 

 

Edit: I saw your post above. Weird.

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Does your page look different?

Yup. Mine's just above. I think I know what the problem might be: besides not having Flash installed I also did a clean install of 10.9, which I believe means I don't have Java installed. Could that be the culprit? Not that it matters, but...

edit: you're in 'Home&Office' and I was at 'Google/Products', or so the top left hand says... But the links are above
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Yup. Mine's just above. I think I know what the problem might be: besides not having Flash installed I also did a clean install of 10.9, which I believe means I don't have Java installed. Could that be the culprit? Not that it matters, but...

edit: you're in 'Home&Office' and I was at 'Google/Products', or so the top left hand says... But the links are above

I don't think that's the problem. I took the screenshot from Safari with neither flash nor java installed. "Home and Office" is just the name of the subsection (after "web", "mobile", "media", "geo", "specialized search")

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I don't think that's the problem. I took the screenshot from Safari with neither flash nor java installed. "Home and Office" is just the name of the subsection

I also don't have these subsections. I went back and kept on changing the TLD; you'll get different pages from country to country. So much for attention to detail, or maybe it is a legal issue. I'm sure Gatorguy would either know this from he top of his head or finds a link in 0.00000254214 sec.
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I'm sure Gatorguy would either know this from he top of his head or finds a link in 0.00000254214 sec.
1confused.gif Sorry, I don't know what that means.

EDIT: Oh, I get it now. Duh!
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I'm sure Gatorguy would either know this from he top of his head or finds a link in 0.00000254214 sec.
1confused.gif Sorry, I don't know what that means.

Well, than this is the first time for me to +1 a post that gave me zilch 1biggrin.gif
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I also don't have these subsections. I went back and kept on changing the TLD; you'll get different pages from country to country. So much for attention to detail, or maybe it is a legal issue. I'm sure Gatorguy would either know this from he top of his head or finds a link in 0.00000254214 sec.
1confused.gif Sorry, I don't know what that means.

Maybe when people call you GoogleGuy they are referring to how impossibly fast you can search for relevant links.

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Maybe when people call you GoogleGuy they are referring to how impossibly fast you can search for relevant links.

Oh, well it's easy! I use Google instead of Bing 1biggrin.gif
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I for one am interested to see what they'll come up with.

Google isn't Samsung, they have some imagination of their own.

I may be interested in a smartwatch, and I'm very curious about what sensor Apple will include in the end.

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