Google probably making its own smartwatches and fitness trackers to challenge Apple Watch
Google first launched Wear OS, its operating system for smartwatches and other wearables, nearly five years back in March 2014. However, the company so far has shied away from introducing its own line of smartwatches and smart wearables. But that might be about to change as new reports hint that the company might be ready to take the leap of faith after all.
Google has posted several job openings for its headquarters in Mountain View, California that indicate that the tech giant is planning to take charge of smart wearables. One of the job listing posted by Google is for a "Wearables Design Manager, Consumer Hardware". In the job description, the company writes that the candidate would worl "in tight partnership with the Design Director and VP of Hardware Design" and "will guide and develop products for the consumer electronic industry".
But that is not it. Google is also looking for the "Vice President, Hardware Engineering, Wearables" who will "work collaboratively with the Senior Leadership team for Google Hardware and will be responsible for the design, development, and shipment of all Google's Wearable products". The candidate would also "develop innovative devices addressing a broad spectrum of uses, features, and price points" and "drive excellence in mechanical and electrical design for the entire Wearables portfolio," the job listing states.
The job listings clearly indicate that the company is planning to invest seriously in its wearables department. This means that in the not-so-distant future, we can expect to see Google going toe-to-toe with other companies like Apple and Fitbit in smartwatch and fitness tracker segment by introducing its own line of smart wearables.
In the meantime, the company is also silently expanding its smartwatch technology resource pool. Last month, Google struck a deal worth $40 million with Fossil which entailed the smartwatch maker selling its intellectual property rights to company. The deal involves some team members of Fossil's research and development team shifting to Google. It also involves Google buying the intellectual rights to a secret smartwatch technology that Fossil has developed.
Together, the company buying smartwatch technology from Fossil and days later posting a job listings for its wearables department, the two moves are a strong indication that a smart watch by Google, possibly, a Pixel Watch, might be in works soon.