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

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

It seems extremely unlikely that the company would want a Vice President dedicated to producing earbuds, so it's safe to assume Google has plans for other wearable products, like fitness trackers and/or smartwatches. Not only is this a strong indication that some kind of Wear OS gadgets are already in the works but also suggests Google isn't just looking to test the waters with a single watch but is planning its wearable push on a much broader scale.

According to a new job listing, Google is in the process of looking for a Vice President of Hardware Engineering for Wearables. The person would "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 new job listings come after Google last month shelled out $40 million for some of Fossil Group's smartwatch technology.

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. The company now sells Pixel Buds (if by sell you mean "has available for sale"), but they're far from a raging success.

Google does not sell its own smartwatch, but reports a year ago hinted that the company could announce its own Pixel-branded smartwatch at the Google Pixel 3 launch event, which obviously did not happen.

Is it all too little, too late? Maybe. Some commentators, in response to this news, have speculated that the wearable industry at this point may have left Google behind and ain't coming back. The hardware ecosystem has been strangled by Qualcomm, which refuses to make a modern smartwatch chip that can compete with Apple or Samsung's in-house chip divisions.

Another listing is for a "Wearables Design Manager, ' but the description is more vague".

Related News:

  • Prince Philip, 97, gives up his driver’s license

    Prince Philip, 97, gives up his driver’s license

    Reported by the Sun , Confused.com identified just two insurers came back with quotes, out of more than 100 it searched. Philip walked away from the accident uninjured after flipping his Land Rover following a collision with a Kia.
    Kylie Jenner Eats THESE Three Foods Every Morning!

    Kylie Jenner Eats THESE Three Foods Every Morning!

    When asked about Kylie's possible engagement to Scott, she claimed a proposal between niece Stormi's parents hasn't happened yet. We ain't run out of a thing to say.' And it got to a point where I was like, 'I need her with me to operate.

    Sarri discusses Hazard and Higuain strike partnership

    Gonzalo is very suitable for my football, so the feeling is fantastic. "He needs confidence, first of all". Chelsea take on defending champions and league leaders Manchester City on Sunday.
  • Sen. Warren's expected 2020 bid banking on populist appeal

    Sen. Warren's expected 2020 bid banking on populist appeal

    Warren lined up a series of home-state endorsements, including from Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III - who is a close friend of O'Rourke - and Senator Ed Markey.
    Oil major Total makes significant discovery offshore South Africa

    Oil major Total makes significant discovery offshore South Africa

    Total has a 45% working interest and is the operator of the Block 11B/12B that covers an area of 19,000km. Editor's note: Update: Watch President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address here .
    Eurovision Australia: Kate Miller-Heidke to Tel Aviv!

    Eurovision Australia: Kate Miller-Heidke to Tel Aviv!

    BDS argues that worldwide artists should avoid touring Israel due to its occupation of Palestinian territories. Today, the next Australian entrant will be chosen in the nations first ever national final: Australia Decides.
  • BCE raises annual dividend by 5% after solid Q4

    BCE raises annual dividend by 5% after solid Q4

    Customer growth for the fourth quarter was less strong however than in the previous quarter though losses also slowed. They noted a 5G ban against Huawei "would still bring about some problems" for the two Canadian wireless companies.
    Ford investing $1 bln, adding 500 jobs in Chicago

    Ford investing $1 bln, adding 500 jobs in Chicago

    Ford Motors is set to invest $ 1 billion in its Chicago-based plants and will open 500 jobs as the company expands. The Explorer is the all-time best selling SUV in the U.S.
    Man Forges Kanye West's Signature to Steal $900K from Fashion Brand

    Man Forges Kanye West's Signature to Steal $900K from Fashion Brand

    The Blast also reports that an additional $150,000 was wired to Burundi Partlow Consulting, which is a Chicago-based company. The publication notes that the identity theft was undertaken by one of Kanye's former friends and an associate of G.O.O.D.
  • Opera browser for Android gets VPN in beta

    Opera browser for Android gets VPN in beta

    There's also an Optimal mode which lets the VPN choose the best connection for your location. That stymies your ISPs and advertisers that want to track your online activities.

    2018 fourth warmest year on record: NASA, NOAA

    NOAA's analysis found 2018 global temperatures were 1.42 degrees Fahrenheit (0.79 degrees Celsius) above the 20th century average. The last five years-from 2014 to 2018-are the warmest years ever recorded in the 139 years that NOAA has tracked global heat.
    Spurs Boss Mauricio Pochettino Drops Huge Hint Over Harry Kane Return

    Spurs Boss Mauricio Pochettino Drops Huge Hint Over Harry Kane Return

    He's doing well, he's almost ready to play but we need to be realistic too and in between all the areas to take the best decision. My wish is to play at the new stadium before the end of the season.


Most liked

Israel arrests Palestinian suspect in teenager's killing
The enclave's health ministry says more than 220 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops at the protests. Israel's military said it had opened fire in response to explosives and rocks hurled at the border fence.

United Kingdom cancels ferry contract given to firm with no ships — BREXIT
The Department for Transport insists that it carried out "robust due diligence" on Seaborne Freight before awarding the contract. The contract was one of three that were announced, totaling £103 million.

US Military to Pull All Forces From Syria By End of April
ISIS overran large parts of Syria and neighbouring Iraq in 2014, declaring a " caliphate " in areas it controlled. SDF official Mustafa Bali, speaking to Reuters, described the assault as "the last battle".

Jack Clarke collapse: Leeds United release statement and thank Middlesbrough medical staff
Jack Clarke was taken to hospital after being treated by paramedics during Leeds United's draw with Middlesbrough this afternoon. He was swiftly given oxygen and after a lengthy and concerning spell of treatment was taken on a stretcher to the dressing room.

NZ vs Ind T20 match: Rohit and Krunal help India level series
The Black Caps may argue things could have been different had Mitchell not been sent on his way in controversial circumstances. That was what the review seemed to show as well, with the "Hotspot" technology showing a mark on Mitchell's bat.

Winter storm warning to impact over 3 million people in western Washington
If Seattle does reach the predicted six inches of snow, it will only be the fourth time the area has seen that much since 1991. The snow is likely to slow or stop Saturday morning, but two more snowstorms are expected to hit early next week.

Norwegian Air plane evacuated after receiving threat - 2/7/2019 6:05:36 AM
Pertti Arnberg, a witness at the airport, said: "I saw it when it landed and quite a lot of blue light cars drove out to it". Norwegian airlines released a statement regarding the incident on their website.

Europe's 2020 Mars Rover Named for DNA Pioneer Rosalind Franklin
Nobel Prizes can not be awarded posthumously, but it's unclear if Franklin would have been given credit at the time, anyway. The six-wheeled rover is expected to drill into the surface of Mars in its search for past and present alien life on Mars.

First Oppo F11 Pro render confirms camera setup and full-screen design
On the hardware front, the Vivo V15 Pro is said to be powered by Snapdragon 675 paired with 6GB RAM and 64GB of inbuilt storage. The device showcased in the video lacked a fingerprint sensor on the back, which points to an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Sprint sues AT&T, claiming 'deceptive' and illegal 5GE branding
AT&T issued its own statement that acknowledged a distinction between its 5GE service and "standards-based 5G" service. Engadget has the report on Friday, saying that Sprint is now suing AT&T for misleading its customers.

United Kingdom roaming charges could return immediately following no-deal Brexit
Brits could see a return of data roaming charges when travelling to Europe if faced with a no-deal Brexit. But "after careful consideration, the government decided not to adopt this proposal", it states.

Oreo, raccoon who inspired Rocket, dies
Oreo died after a short illness early on Thursday morning, the Facebook post says. Rocket eventually appeared as a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy in 2008.

Ubisoft address The Division 2's private beta bugs
Dark Zone East-the largest of all three Dark Zones, players utilize long sightlines in over-grown governmental parks. You can gain access by signing up on the Ubisoft website or by pre-ordering the anticipated multiplayer shooter.

Six Nations: Scotland call up Fraser Brown and Murray McCallum
The scrum-half told BBC Sport: "Against a quality opposition like Ireland, you can't release a Test match like that. The Irish fought back but two late Greig Laidlaw kicks saw the Scots edge a thrilling contest 27-22.

Lindsey Buckingham has vocal cord damage from heart surgery
In a post on Twitter, she wrote: "I am sad to say that late last week Lindsey underwent emergency open heart surgery". In October, he sued the band members for the $12 million he lost in Fleetwood Mac's upcoming tour.