Google to launch Gem smartwatch in October.
WASHINGTON: Search engine giant Googlemay launch a smartwatch called Gem later this month to coincide with the release of its Android 4.4 Kit Kat.
According to the popular technology website, Android Police, the watch is a part of the Nexus brand and will reportedly be announced on October 31 this year, even though Google Glass — unveiled last year — yet to hit the market.
Fox News reports that a few months ago, Google had published a smartwatch patent, which detailed a watch with a user interface similar to Google Glass and featuring two touchpads on its wristband that can understand gestures such as pinching or stretching, just like Glass’s single pad.
The report mentioned that the Gem would join the likes of Apple, and Microsoft and LG’s rumoured wrist-worn gadgets respectively. Samsung has already launched its Galaxy Gear smartwatch that is designed to work with its Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1.
According to a recent study, more than 373 million smartwatches will ship by 2020 compared to the 15 million projected for 2014, which suggests that the watch could soon become a major part of the mobile market.
Originally published on Times of india