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Google smartwatch to reportedly be unveiled this month

Updated Oct 30th, 2013 2:55PM EDT
Google Smartwatch Release Date
Image: Google Smartwatch Concept

Despite all of its might and resources, Samsung’s first shot at the emerging smartwatch category was definitely a misfire. The Galaxy Gear was universally panned by reviewers, including us, and it felt like a device that Samsung rushed out in response to an Apple product that doesn’t even exist. Samsung’s slip up won’t stop other big vendors from taking a swing at wearables though, and the next to step into the batter’s box may be Google. A new rumor from Android Police’s Artem Russakovskii suggests that Google will unveil its first smartwatch, code-named “Gem,” toward the end of this month alongside the launch of Android 4.4 KitKat. No other details were provided, though an earlier rumor suggested that Google’s smartwatch may actually carry Motorola “X” branding and will complement the Moto X smartphone. Google may also unveil its new Nexus 5 handset at the same event alongside its smartwatch, however, which would make Motorola branding less likely.

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