Is Google working on its own smartwatches?

After reports indicated that Google is working on developing its own smartphone, a new report now claims that Google is working on two new Android Wear smartwatches as well.

The two new Android Wear smartwatches will be the first to be manufactured by Google and may launch later this year.

According to Android Police, the two new smartwatches might carry the Nexus label and while one will be larger and will feature LTE, GPS and heart rate, the other one will be smaller and won't feature these capabilities. Quoting a reliable source, the site claims that the two new smartwatches have been code-named Angelfish and Swordfish.

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The larger and more capable Angelfish smartwatch will come with a Moto 360-esque circular watch face with a diameter of 43.5mm and will also feature visible lugs and three buttons on its side. It will be available in matte dark grey finish and will be able to function independent of a smartphone.

The smaller smartwatch, code-named Swordfish will resemble the Pebble Time Round smartwatch, will feature a circular watch face with a diameter of 42mm, will be 10.6mm thick and will feature a single button on its side. Once launched, it will be available in , titanium, and rose gold colour options. It is possible that the smartwatches, especially Swordfish, might be optimised to work with upcoming Nexus phones being developed by HTC and Huawei and will run Android Wear 2.0 operating system.

Android Police has also claimed that Angelfish will not support Google's interchangeable MODE watch bands as the design of its lugs won't be compatible with the bands. However, Swordfish will be compatible with the bands, letting you choose from a range of bands for your smartwatch.

The real reason why Apple Watch outsold Android Wear

Recently, it was reported that all future Samsung wearables may run the Korean tech giant's home-grown TizenOS instead of Android Wear operating system. A few Samsung executives told Fast Company recently that no Android Wear devices are currently in development or being planned by Samsung. They said that this is because TizenOS offers far better battery efficiency than Android Wear, making Samsung's wearables last longer. Samsung has disputed the report, claiming that it has made no such announcements and it is equally committed to all platforms.

Samsung has, in fact, has missed several waves of Android Wear devices and hasn't really done anything new with Android Wear after launching the original Galaxy Gear back in 2013. By launching two new Android Wear smartwatches, Google might make its wearable platform a strong competitor not only to Apple's WatchOS, but to Samsung's TizenOS as well, which is currently powering a number of Samsung wearables, smart TVs, refrigerators and smartphones. The new smartwatches, like Nexus phones, will also let Android fans enjoy pure Android features, including Google Now, without any 'bloatware' overlays which OEMs might insert into their smartwatches.

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