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About time! Google is reportedly making two Nexus smartwatches

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About time! Google is reportedly making two Nexus smartwatches

Google may be working on two Nexus-branded Android Wear smartwatches, according to a new report from Android Police.

Code named Angelfish and Swordfish, these watches will be Google’s benchmark devices for its wearables platform and will feature round displays without the infamous "flat tire" at the bottom. One will be a larger and include LTE, GPS and a heart rate monitor while the smaller of the two watches will do without mobile data and GPS.

What will they look like?

An unnamed, but reliable, source told Android Police about Google’s plans and even detailed what the watches will look like. The larger, feature packed watch will allegedly feature 43.5mm wide case and will be 14mm thick. That’s a big watch but still slightly smaller than the 46mm Moto 360 (2015) and LG Watch Urbane.

LG Watch Urbane

Android Police also notes there will be a large "crown" button to the right and smaller buttons to the top and bottom for unspecified features. Having two extra buttons could be useful for pulling up contacts or a specific app quickly.

The smaller of the two watches, codenamed Swordfish, will allegedly look a lot like the Pebble Time Round, just without the huge bezel. Its dimensions are quite smaller, coming in at 42mm wide and just 10.6mm thick, which makes it thinner than the current Moto 360. It’s not as ridiculously thin as the Pebble Time Round (7.5mm) but that’s expected from a smartwatch with a non-E ink screen.

Pebble Time Round

Android Police also notes that the shape of the case "is more gentle and rounded than the Pebble’s." Swordfish will allegedly only have one button on the side and will lack LTE and GPS. It’ll be interesting to see if either of these watches will have the Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, which is built specifically for wearables to help increase battery life.

Powered by AI

What really makes these upcoming smartwatches interesting in the inclusion of Google Assistant, a personalized artificial intelligence that will help you get things done. Google showed off its upcoming AI during its Google IO 2016 conference in May. Google Assistant will be baked into Google’s Amazon Echo competitor, Google Home.

Google Home

Google Assistant will feature a powerful natural language engine that will understand complex commands and context. For example, you can ask Google Assistant to order movie tickets and follow up with, "I want to bring the kids this time" to book tickets for the entire family.

In addition to Google Assistant, these possibly Nexus-branded watches will run Android 2.0, which brings more powerful watch faces, better iOS support and powerful messaging.

Android Wear 2.0

It’s unclear exactly what these new smartwatches can do with Google Assistant, but Android Police speculates that the watches may get exclusive features not available on other Android Wear watches.

This is all speculation by Android Police but they’re 90% confident in their unnamed source. We still recommend taking these rumors with a grain of salt as the watches will likely undergo hardware and software changes before launch. There’s no info about price, release date or even how far into development these watches are, but don’t expect to see them before the new Nexus phones.

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