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Google may launch Gem smartwatch this month

gadgets Updated: Oct 08, 2013 11:23 IST
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Search engine giant Google may launch a smartwatch called Gem this month to coincide with the release of its latest operating system, Android 4.4 Kit Kat.

According to popular Android website Android Police, the watch is a part of the Nexus brand and will be announced on October 31, even though Google’s other new gizmo, the Glass, is yet to appear on the market.

Fox News reported that a few months ago, Google had published a smartwatch patent that detailed a watch with a user interface similar to Google Glass and featuring two touchpads on its wristband that can understand gestures such as pinching or stretching, just like Glass’ single pad.

The report mentioned that the Gem would join the likes of Apple’s and Microsoft-LG’s rumoured iWatch and wrist-worn gadgets respectively, with Samsung just launching its Galaxy Gear smartwatch that is designed to work with its Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1, which is set to be released next year.

According to a recent study, more than 373 million smartwatches will ship by 2020 compared to the 15 million projected for 2014, which suggests that the watch could soon become a major part of the mobile market.