Job Listing Suggests Google Smartwatch Is on the Horizon

Doris Richards
February 10, 2019

According to several newly spotted job listings, the company is seeking a Hardware Engineering Vice President and Consumer Hardware Design Manager, both of whom would be assigned to work on wearables. The description reads, "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".

Google announced it was buying technology from Fossil last month for $40 million.

It's been around four years since Google launched Wear OS, formerly called Android Wear, but we still don't have any wearable such as a smartwatch or fitness tracker from Google itself yet.

Besides yet another layer of portfolio diversification, a first-party smartwatch could make sense for Google by fulfilling a role similar to that of the now-discontinued Nexus range of Android smartphones, i.e. serve as a reference point for manufacturers interested in leveraging the firm's software in order to create a premium (wearable) user experience.

Right now, Google only has one wearable product with its own branding, that being the Google Pixel Buds, so it may be the company is looking to expand that line or it may be planning more Google Daydream VR related products too. The company now sells Pixel Buds (if by sell you mean "has available for sale"), but they're far from a raging success.

The top listed responsibility for the VP position is, "Develop innovative devices addressing a broad spectrum of uses, features, and price points". While that might have been true for that time, it looks like Google is now looking to rectify that.

There is a second listing for a "Wearables Design Manager", but the description is far less concrete.

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