Google seems to be having a busy year with hardware. Not only are there two Nexus smartphones in development, but Google is also said to be building its own branded smartphone. But that’s not all. Google is also working on two Nexus-branded smartwatches that run on Android Wear. As is the norm with Nexus devices, these two smartwatches are codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022Also Read - Honor phones to come with Google Mobile Services: Report
Android Police details a few design elements and features of the two upcoming smartwatches. Like this year’s Nexus smartphones, the Angelfish and Swordfish smartwatches too will come with different display sizes. Unlike the Apple Watch, Google is opting for a circular design for both smartwatches. Also Read - Google announces six new Android features, which will roll out this year
According to the report, Angelfish looks like the Moto 360, but without the flat tire and will be smaller too at a diameter of 43.5mm. It will be a bit thick though at 14mm, and will feature three buttons on the side — a crown button and two circular buttons above and below it. It will also come with features like GPS, LTE, and a heart-rate monitor.
The Swordfish, on the other hand, will be smaller with a diameter of 42mm and thickness of 10.6mm. It is said to look more like the Pebble Time Round, albeit without the massive bezels. While the overall design is believed to remain the same, Swordfish won’t get features like GPS, LTE or heart-rate monitor. The smartwatch will also be available in silver, rose gold and titanium colors. Both smartwatches will run on Android Wear 2.0 and will also have Google Assistant integrated.
Google is finally turning its focus on Android Wear hardware at a time when support from other companies is dwindling. Samsung has long moved beyond Android Wear, while LG doesn’t seem to have anything in the pipeline since launching the Watch Urbane 2. With Google taking a keen interest, we can expect smartwatches that give users the full Android Wear experience.
In the meantime, Google is also said to have tasked HTC to build two Nexus smartphones this year. The smartphones, codenamed Marlin and Sailfish, have recently be in the news a lot. We already have a fair idea on what they could look like and the kind of specifications and features they will boast. There is currently no word on when Google plans to launch the smartphones, but it won’t be surprising if it launches all four Nexus devices together in the next couple of months.