Android Wear is a platform people either love or hate and a huge reason for either of those two comes down to hardware. From the sleek gorgeous design of the Huawei Watch to the more rugged an sporty feel of the LG G Watch R or even the “hip” design of the ASUS ZenWatch 2, there’s something for everyone.
Under the hood they’re mostly the same from the specs to the software which we though eliminated the need for a “Nexus” watch. According to the latest rumors however, that isn’t stopping Google from working on one anyway. Two in fact.
Citing a reliable source, Android Police reports that Google is currently working on two new Android Wear device, possibly with Nexus branding on board. Of the two it appears that one will pack a larger and “sportier” design along with full featured specifications. That would include GPS, LTE, and the standard heart rate sensor. This larger watch, codenamed Angelfish, would have an appearance reminiscent of the 2nd generation Moto 360 and the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE. The watch would have three visible buttons like the Urbane, but in a more subdued fashion. As for size, Angelfish would be about the same thickness as the Urbane, but slightly smaller than the Moto 360 46mm (but larger than the 42mm). Google’s aim with this watch is likely to position it as a standalone option with Android Wear 2.0.
The smaller of the two, Swordfish, will apparently drop LTE and GPS while also changing up the design and buttons. Instead of three this would have only one button with a design similar to the Pebble Time Round. It would be slightly thinner than the current Moto 360. The size would fall at 42mm just like the current smaller 360 as well.
Android Police also mentions that the larger Angelfish might not be compatible with Google’s MODE bands, in turn likely not compatible with other third-party bands. Swordfish will however.
The report also highlights that Google will put a heavy focus on Google Assistant on these devices. It’s possible they could be placing the focus more in the marketing, but it sounds like these watches will be getting something exclusive that other Android Wear devices might not get.
It’s unclear when Google is planning to launch these devices, but it would make sense for them to launch alongside Android Wear 2.0 later this summer, possibly alongside Google’s new Nexus devices as well. Pricing is also unknown at this time. What are your thoughts on this? Good? Bad? Drop a comment below and let us know!Source: Android Police