Google Smartwatch with KitKat 4.4 and Google Now Coming “Sooner Rather Than Later”

As all eyes focus on Google as it prepares to unveil LG Nexus 5 but it appears that there is a small gadget codenamed Gem that might steal the show.  Rumor has it that Google is in the final stages of developing a smartwatch, hot in the heels of leading Android manufacturers who have already launched theirs including I’m Android Smartwatch, Sony’s Smartwatch 2, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear and Fitbit Force smartwatch just to name a few.  According to a post published on 9 to 5 Google, the details of the upcoming Google smartwatch are scarce but it appears that the device will be designed and built to connect and function with Android 4.4 Kit Kat and Google Now.

Google Smartwatch concept designs. NOT images of actual device.
Google Smartwatch concept designs. NOT images of actual device.

Smartwatch display

Google managed to squeeze tons of features and tools on the Google Glass despite its size, the watch, owing to its ‘size allowance’, could have even more tools and capabilities including pushing a button to ask a question then receiving content via an Android smartphone, display of Google’s ‘serendipitous’ information such as weather, paired smartphone’s notification and Google Now ‘cards’ such as Calendar and upcoming events and reminders, emails, text messages and Time to get home could all be displayed on the watch.

Smartwatch Design

There are tons of fan concept designs of Google’s smartwatch online, with square and circular designs by Adrian Maciburko winning admiration from many.  At the moment of publishing, there are no actual images of Google’s smartwatch but if it indeed exists, it is just a matter of time before leaks and leaked images start appearing online.  Google raised suspicion that it was planning to work on a smartwatch when it acquired WIMM Labs and filed for a number of wearable devices patents from last year.  I guess if Google could keep Android 4.4 Kit Kat a secret throughout its development, it can or could have also kept details of its smartwatch under tight wraps all this time.

Battery life

The most limit factor when it comes to gadgets in general is battery power.  As almost every piece of technology goes mobile, battery technology has not kept up with the advancements, especially with tools such as GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi draining battery power.  Qualcomm is working on its own smartwatch called Qualcomm Toq and it is expected to come with a great battery that can last as long as 2 to 3 days on a single charge.  According to an anonymous tipster, Google has emphasized on improving the battery performance of its smartwatch especially since it will connect to other devices via Bluetooth 4.0.  However, we have no idea how the company will achieve this, we just know they [may] have done it.


A source that spoke to 9 to 5 Google mentioned October 31st as the launch date for Google’s smartwatch also called Nexus Gem.  This was somehow confirmed by Artem Russakovskii who posted “Google will announce a Nexus watch, codenamed Gem, likely together with the KitKat announcement. The date I have, which, once again, is about a month old, is also October 31st.

October 31st isn’t far, let’s wait and see what surprises Google has in store for us.

Source: 9 to 5 Google via Phandroid and Android Headlines. Images courtesy of Adrian Maciburko