Google May Build Its Own Smartwatch After All, Tips Job Listing

Joanna Estrada
February 10, 2019

Think you can save Android Wear?

A job listing posted two days ago on the Google Careers site calls for a Vice President of Hardware Engineering for Wearables.

"As the VP of Hardware Engineering for Wearables, you'll work collaboratively with the Senior Leadership team for Google Hardware and will be responsible for the design, development, and shipment of all Google's Wearable products", the listing reads. Google already has Pixel Buds, of course, but presumably a vice president would be leading an effort with much bigger ambitions.

Over the years, we've seen Google's Pixel brand attached to smartphones, smart speakers, Chromebooks, and even a pair of wireless earbuds.

Early previous year, Google rebranded Android Wear into Wear OS in order to make the ecosystem more inclusive, i.e. stop communicating suggestions that its solution may not work with iOS-powered iPhones. Google hasn't revealed how it'll use Fossil's team or technology, except to say the deal will pave the way for a more "diverse portfolio of smartwatches". A big part of the problem is that there is just nothing to make a smartwatch with. Qualcomm isn't producing smartwatch chips that can go toe-to-toe with the in-house chip production from Apple and Samsung, which leaves Wear OS hopelessly lacking compared to faster and longer-lasting watches from Apple and Samsung. Qualcomm did come up with a newer smartwatch chip in the form of the Snapdragon Wear 3100 late past year but not many manufacturers embraced the silicon so far.

Google's VP of Wearable Hardware Engineering would have to somehow deal with this mess. Another Wearables-focused job listing seeks a "Wearables Design Manager" that would be responsible for designing a good-looking wearable. This posting strongly hints at the fact that Google might be seriously considering building its own wearable device, most likely under the Pixel branding.

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