Rumors that Google is working on two new smartwatches — codenamed Swordfish and Angelfish — that could run Android Wear 2.0 have been revived this Thursday after it was found out that Google is preparing them for release in the first quarter of 2017.
According to 9To5Google, renowned Twitter leakster Evan Blass has revived hope for expectant consumers after tweeting that Google is releasing its two new smartwatches within the first three-month period of next year.
Previously, it was rumored that Google was working on two wearable models, the Angelfish and its slimmer counterpart, the Swordfish. Renders for the two were leaked back in July. But after it was found out that Google was delaying Android Wear 2.0 until early next year, the hype over the new smartwatches died down.
Android Wear 2.0 is the second major version of Google’s smartwatch operating system. It was announced back in May, according to Android Police. Although developer previews for the upcoming OS are still arriving, Google has pushed back the release of Android Wear 2.0 for next year, prompting other brands (LG, Huawei and Motorola) relying on Google’s smartwatch OS to push back their releases for this year.
If previous rumors are to be believed, the Swordfish smartwatch is going to be an entry-level wearable without LTE and GPS. On the other hand, the larger Angelfish smartwatch is expected to come with LTE and GPS connectivity that will work sans a Bluetooth connection.
Android Authority has learned that Android Wear 2.0 will come with new features. The updated OS is also rumored to make Google’s smartwatches capable of operating certain commands on their own without the need of a paired up smartphone.
Google is reportedly reinventing its hardware division, and this is proven by its decision to scrap the Nexus line and start its Pixel-branded smartphone series. The company has also joined the smart speaker market recently by announcing its voice-activated Google Home speaker, which operates with Google Assistant.