Google has reportedly filed for a smartwatch patent in October of 2011 which may lead to a creation of the Google Android smartwatch. Buzz is, Google is working on a Google smart-watch as reported by the site Financial Times.
Earlier this week Samsung has confirmed they're developing a wristwatch that I assume may be called the "S-Watch." Meanwhile, Apple is also rumored with a purported "iWatch" to enter the race for wearable smartwatch technology. Is the talk of a Google smartwatch only a rumor or what? Let's take a closer look.
According to Google's USPTO patent filing (abstract): "A smart-watch can include a wristband, a base, and a flip up portion. The base can be coupled to the wristband and include a housing, a processor, a wireless transceiver, and a tactile user interface. The wireless transceiver can be configured to connect to a wireless network. The tactile user interface can be configured to provide interaction between a user and the smart-watch. The flip up portion can be displaceable between an open position exposing the base and a closed position concealing the base. Further, the flip up portion can include: a top display exposed when the flip up portion is in the closed position, and an inside display opposite the top display. The inside display can be concealed when the flip up portion is in the closed position and be exposed when the flip up portion is in the open position." You can read Google's smart-watch patent filing here.
In my humble opinion, it's not really the question if Google would do it, but rather it's the question of when Google would actually execute their idea of a smart watch into a 100% reality. As a tech evangelist, I'm predicting the Google Android team would do their smartwatch project sooner than later. I believe that hi-tech wearable devices, including both the smartwatch and augmented reality eyewear, to become the hottest gadgets craze in the future. I also predict both of these device categories to become the next big thing in mobile technology.