According to a new report out of the Financial Times, Google is the next company rumored to be looking at the smartwatch game. If we take a step back in time to October of 2012, it was then that Google was granted a patent for a smartwatch with a flip-up display, as seen in the possible render image above and actual filing image below.
The watch is said to be developed inside the company’s Android unit, unlike Glass which was developed inside the company’s experimental X Lab. According to the Financial Times source, the Google watch is separate from the supposed Samsung smartwatch also being built.
That marks Google as the third company to have interest in building a smartwatch, along-side Samsung as mentioned above and Apple, also rumored to be building a watch on top of iOS. With the success of Pebble and its Kickstarter campaign, it appears that wearable electronics, like smartwatches are the next evolution in consumer and mobile electronics.
Google wouldn’t comment on any rumors, but the combination of the rumor combined with Google’s patent application for a “smart watch” with a dual-screened “flip-up display” and “tactile user interface,” shows that Google has at least thought about entering the watch market. Google may have the most software knowledge to push the smartwatch market beyond the likes of Pebble and its competitors into the stratosphere especially if major rivals from Samsung and Apple appear around the same time. It could be a very interesting year for the watch market indeed.