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".

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