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Google is making two smarter ‘Nexus’ smartwatches

Published Jul 7th, 2016 6:50AM EDT
Google Nexus 2016 Smartwatches
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Sure, smartwatches are smarter than your regular wristwatch, but Google plans to make them even smarter. Better yet, the company is working on a couple of Android Wear devices of its own. Are we finally getting the “Nexus” smartwatches that Google never made?

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A new report from Android Police, a reliable source of leaks ahead of major Google announcements, says that Google is making two Android Wear smartwatches that will have advanced Google Assistant AI integration.

The gadgets are “possibly Nexus-branded,” according to the company, and should be unveiled around the time the 2016 Google Nexus phones will be launched.

The two devices will be different in size, with the bigger model sporting extra features, including LTE connectivity and GPTS support. The smaller would lack cellular and GPS connectivity, but both devices would feature heart rate sensors and circular “flat tires” designs.

Codenamed Angelfish, the bigger model is similar to the Moto 360 and LG’s Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, but it will have its own personality. Angelfish has three buttons, including a large circular crown centered along the right side of the body, and two smaller circular buttons on either side of it. The watch is rather thick, measuring 14m, and has a diameter of 43.5mm. The device will be quite large, but that’s because it has to feature a battery decent enough to power that LTE connection.

Swordfish is the smaller model, which is reminiscent of the Pebble Time Round. The watch has a single button centered on the right side of the body, “with a more delicate and Apple Watch-like design.” The smartwatch has a thickness of 10.6mm and a diameter of 42mm.

It’s not clear what buttons are supposed to do on either model, but functionality will likely include context-aware Google Assistant features. Google is supposedly working on a new style of watch faces for the devices, which will allow quicker access to notifications, information, media controls and apps that users access most. The devices will likely run Android Wear 2.0.

Actual images of either device aren’t available at this time, and the report doesn’t mention pricing details or release dates. It’s also unclear who’s manufacturing these watches for Google.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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