Google might be building a smartwatch, according to new job listing

  • Google might be building a smartwatch, according to new job listing

Google might be building a smartwatch, according to new job listing

That would seem to be the case thanks to a few clues, the most recent of which is a new job listing spotted by Android Police that shows the company is looking for a "Vice President, Hardware Engineering, Wearables" for the Google Hardware team. Speculation about a possible "Pixel Watch" started in mid-2018, but Google explicitly said the watch wasn't coming anytime soon. The person would "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".

Last month, Google paid tens of millions of dollars for wearable technology created by American electronics maker and fashion company Fossil. The company now sells Pixel Buds (if by sell you mean "has available for sale"), but they're far from a raging success.

That sounds like Google has some big plans for its next foray into the world of wearables, which we expect means an expansion of Wear OS. The "job responsibilities" show Google is looking to develop "devices addressing a broad spectrum of uses, features, and price points" as it works on building a "wearables portfolio".

Is it all too little, too late?

A new Google device with codename "sargo" has appeared on Geekbench yesterday with the listing suggesting it is a Google Pixel 4 handset. An Ars Technica post notes that most major OEMs have moved on from Wear OS, a big reason why being "there's just nothing to make a smartwatch with". The hardware ecosystem has been strangled by Qualcomm, which refuses to make a modern smartwatch chip that can compete with Apple or Samsung's in-house chip divisions.

Google is also seeking a "Wearables Design Manager"-someone to "guide the efforts in defining and evolving what it means to hold 'Google in your hand.'" The minimum qualifications for that role also include 15 years of experience developing consumer products".