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Google reportedly gearing up for Halloween Nexus smartwatch reveal

It seems that Google is set to enter the arena of smartwatch technology this month, with rumours of an incoming Nexus watch circulating.

Unofficially dubbed the 'Google Gem', the watch would compete with Samsung's Galaxy Gear and Sony's Smartwatch 2 for a share of the growing wearable technology market. It would also represent a tactical move to pre-empt the release of Apple's fabled iWatch.

Artem Russakovskii, founder of Android Police, posted on his G+ account that "Google will announce a Nexus watch, codenamed Gem, likely together with the KitKat announcement." He also tipped the date of the announcement to be 31 October.

He did preface the post with the caveat that "nothing is 100% until it's officially announced", and that "none of this may end up being true", though he has also assured us that he has "a good level of confidence in the sources".

Google's announcement may be timed to coincide with the release of Android 4.4 KitKat, and the upcoming Nexus 5, a move designed to create as much buzz as possible for their new releases.

Whereas Samsung's watch was criticised for being compatible only with the Galaxy Note 3, Google's watch will likely be compatible with all Android devices, and cheaper than the £300 Gear.

If the rumours are true, a Nexus watch would be the search giant's second foray into wearable technology, following its development of Google Glass. However, there is some speculation as to whether the product might simply be a Motorola xWatch. Since Google's acquisition of Motorola in May last year, rumours of a smartwatch companion to the Moto X have been spreading. Some users have expressed scepticism that an entirely new device is being released at the same time.

While initial reports are still cursory and uncorroborated, one thing is for sure: this will be a Halloween that tech enthusiasts are not going to want to miss.

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