It has been 4 years since Google’s Wear OS launch, which was previously known as Android Wear. A recent job listing on Google showed that they have been looking to hire a Vice President for their Hardware Engineering as well as a Design Manager for their wearables team. This posting strongly indicated that Google could be considering building their own wearable device, which would have the branding under Pixel.
The listing shows that Google has been looking for a VP who would lead their wearables team and would be responsible in looking after their design, development and shipment of the Google’s wearable products. This person will also be required to “develop innovative devices which would address a broad spectrum of uses, features, as well as price points.” The listing went on to mention that the candidate would be collaborating with the senior leadership team for Google Hardware and would also be required to develop “multiple next-generation wearables products.”
After this position is filled, customers could get to use multiple wearable devices from Google very soon. This may include smartwatches, fitness trackers and much more. The second job listing seen was for a Wearables Design Manager, who would be responsible in designing the actual look and feel of the wearable.
Google doesn’t really have any experience in building smartwatches, and this could be the reason why they have locked a deal with Fossil for $40 million (approximately Rs. 280 crores) in regards to their intellectual property for smartwatches. Wear OS is way behind Apple’s watch OS with respect to market share.
There were rumours in the middle of last year which said that Google could launch their own Pixel smartwatch, but in September, the company stopped these rumours. LG, Huawei, as well as Fossil have remained the top three manufacturers who have been consistently churning out new Wear OS smartwatches. Google’s wearables platform has also seen a boost with their recent ‘H Update’ and Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Wear 3100 mobile platform which has been designed for smartwatches.