While we know that Google is working on bringing two new Nexus smartphones to market this year, a new report claims that the company is also planning on supplementing those devices with two new smartwatches too. The same report claims that the Nexus brand may even be used for the two timepieces, and that they will both have some sort of integration with Google Assistant.
Citing unnamed sources, the report claims that the said two smartwatches are set to be announced after the new Nexus smartphones, with one device being of a larger body with features such as GPS and LTE built in while a smaller one will likely be without those features but be substantially smaller in order to appeal to those who don’t want a bulky smartwatch on their wrist.
The likes of Apple and Motorola have already sold multiple size of their owns smartwatches and for good reason. Not everyone wants the same size device strapped to their wrist, and if Google has indeed been working on two designs in order to offer choice to its customers, it will be very interesting to see what limitations will be placed upon the smaller watch. What hardware will it have to make do without, or will the larger of the two simply be so large that it can pack everything we expect of a smartwatch and more?
Both smartwatches are expected to be round with no flat tire effect this time around. The larger of the two, believed to be codenamed Angelfish, is believed to be aesthetically very similar to the current Moto 360 device that is on sale now.
With a more sporty look than its smaller brother, it’s possible that this will be more aimed at fitness enthusiasts than fashionistas. To that end, health monitoring is expected to be front and center for Angelfish.
The smaller device, condemned Swordfish, is believed to look a little like the Pebble Time Round, if a little more refined. With a single button and a delicate design more akin to the Apple Watch than some of the Android Wear watches we have endured over the years, it’s likely that Swordfish will be the better looking of the two devices, but with a lack of sensors and radios being the price users will have to pay for an altogether smaller package.
At this point we have little idea whether this report is accurate, though the source seems confident that it is. We wouldn’t be at all surprised to see two new smartwatches come to market in the way outlined here, but we are less sure that they will feature the Nexus name. There has been talk of even the Nexus smartphones dropping the moniker for a while now, so we see little reason for Google to bring a new product under that name at this point. Unless of course the Nexus brand is going to be around for quite a while yet!
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