Ahead of the Pixel event, there were murmurs suggesting Google would release new smartwatches imbued with powerful new software. But with no mention of wearables earlier this month and Android Wear 2.0 delayed, the discussion around these devices has been nonexistent. Until now.
According to Evan Blass, Google’s two smartphones—Angelfish and Swordfish—are expected to be released early next year. What’s more, they’ll launch with Android Wear 2.0, which means their release will likely coincide with the completion of Google’s Android Wear update.
With the rise of Google Assistant, you have to suspect the new AI technology will be a focal point of the upcoming wearable. That would put Assistant on two smartphones, two smartwatches, a messaging app, and Google Home.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 13, 2016
One of the watches, Angelfish, is expected to support LTE and GPS, making it a powerful alternative to the Apple Watch.
Android Wear has been out of the conversation for quite a while now, and with the unexpected delay of its latest update, Google has a lot of work in order to get it back into the conversation. “Made by Google” smartwatches just might be what the doctor ordered.