Google is nearing the launch of its smartwatch, which will integrate closely with Google Now for localized alerts, according to The Wall Street Journal. The news outlet said that it has learned Google is set to enter mass production of the watch in the coming months, which means it’s gearing up for a public launch and indicates that the smartwatch may be finished.
The device will reportedly run its own version of Android and, like the Pebble and the Galaxy Gear, will provide alerts and sync up directly with your smartphone, presumably over Bluetooth 4.0 LE. Unlike the Galaxy Gear, however, Google has been keeping a focus on the battery life so that users don’t have to plug it in as frequently, The Wall Street Journal explained.
Google will also need to keep cost in mind. The Galaxy Gear is arguably prohibitively expensive at $299.99 for mass consumption. A lower cost device would make it more appealing, though it will also need to be attractive enough that people will find it both useful and good looking enough to wear every day. Wearable technology will be huge in 2014, especially with Apple, Nokia and Microsoft all reportedly hard at work on competing devices.