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Google Nexus Watch: Google Now central to device, rumours state

Google’s entry into the smartwatch market could be centred on Google Now technology with a strong focus on longer battery life and Bluetooth functionality.

The latest rumours revealed by 9to5Google explain that Google Now’s familiar ticker will feature on the homescreen of the watch and information is still scarce on whether the product will be squared or rounded.

For those not familiar with Google Now, it provides useful information such as sports scores, traffic updates on how long it will take to get home, calendar alarms, weather, and emails. Google could choose to show the same widget that is available to Android phone owners and add SMS messages into the bargain.

The same article speculates that much of the technology in Google Glass, the company’s first piece of wearable technology, could be adapted to function with the new device. It would mean being able to push a button on the watch or ask it a question in which time the smartwatch communicates with any Android smartphone to which it is paired.

In addition to Google Now functionality the developers are focused on long battery life and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity plus having the added advantage of being compatible with all Android smartphones – something Samsung’s Galaxy Gear cannot offer.

Rumours have already pegged the release date as 31 October with speculation the device will be unveiled alongside the new Google Nexus 5 as well as the same date signalling the release of Android 4.4 KitKat OS.

Artem Russakovskii, founder of Android Police, posted the release date on his G+ account as well as the news that Google smartwatch is being codenamed Gem and is likely to be called the Nexus watch when released.

Google releasing a smartwatch follows similar moves by both Samsung and Sony with the Galaxy Gear and Smartwatch 2 unveiled earlier this year, and Apple is heavily rumoured to be working on its own wearable technology.

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