Google-branded smartwatches and other wearables could soon become a reality

Google-branded smartwatches and other wearables could soon become a reality

We saw rumours about the Pixel Watch come and go, and then Google dashed our hopes confirming there wasn't one coming any time soon.

It's been around four years since Google launched Wear OS, formerly called Android Wear, but we still don't have any wearable such as a smartwatch or fitness tracker from Google itself yet.

Google does not sell its own smartwatch, but reports past year hinted that the company could announce its own Pixel-branded smartwatch at the Google Pixel 3 launch event, which obviously did not happen. A new Google job listing (first spotted by Android Police) shows an opening for "Vice President, Hardware Engineering, Wearables" on the Google Hardware team.

The job listing says "As the VP of Hardware Engineering for Wearables, you'll 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". This job position and the recent acquisition of technology from Fossil are both solid evidence that Google is interested in producing a self-branded wearable.

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Google's only current wearable product is the Pixel Buds, which hasn't been a runaway success.

To recap, Fossil - the leading Wear OS device manufacturer - announced the sale of its secret smartwatch tech to Google, which also acquired part of Fossil's R&D team as part of the deal. An Ars Technica post notes that most major OEMs have moved on from Wear OS, a big reason why being "there's just nothing to make a smartwatch with".

Google is also seeking a "Wearables Design Manager"-someone to "guide the efforts in defining and evolving what it means to hold 'Google in your hand.'" The minimum qualifications for that role also include 15 years of experience developing consumer products".

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