Rumor: Google to Announce "Gem" Smartwatch Alongside Android 4.4


What a way to kickstart the weekend - here's another fresh rumor concerning Google's Smartwatch. Coming from Artem Russakovskii, who you'll know as the co-founder of Android Police. Speaking on Google+, he says that he "feels relatively confident about" his sources however, that he doesn't have anything visual evidence to pass on over to us. For that reason, he's decided to keep it off of Android Police. 

Apparently, Google is set to unveil their own smartwatch alongside Android 4.4 and presumably the new Nexus 5. Codenamed "Gem" there's not much known about this new smartwatch but, we have heard rumblings of such a device before. For Google to announce their own platform as a smartwatch would make a lot of sense, as they could deliver confidence to developers looking to develop small apps for Smartwatches.

Previous rumors for a Google Watch have centered around the Motorola xWatch, which was said to launch alongside the Moto X. However, it seems their parent company is about to steal the limelight.

Artem has already previously shared a rumor on Google+ concerning the reveal date for Android 4.4 and the Nexus 5 which, he claims is October 31st. However, as he says he was given this date over a month ago now so there's a good chance that this has changed.

All-in-all, we're not sure to make of this. As rumors go, there's not much to go on here at all but, we have no doubt Russakovskii has his sources but, we can't help wonder why these rumors haven't been ran on Android PoliceNeedles to say, chances of us waiting much longer for a Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 are pretty slim as we're sure Google want to release a new Nexus to grab some of the Holiday Season buzz.

Meanwhile, we're sure that the Nexus 5 will continue to leak out in droves before its official announcement and launch. October 14th is said to be the date for Technical Acceptance of the new Nexus so, it's likely that a launch isn't too far behind.



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