|Google Wants to Be All Over Your Body|
|By JOANNA STERN (@joannastern)||Oct 29, 2013, 11:07 AM|
Google wants to be all over your body. The search giant announced today that it is working on the second version of Google Glass and, according to reports from the Wall Street Journal, the company is also gearing up to mass produce its new smartwatch.
We'll begin with those glasses and that small screen that Google wants to put in front of your eyes. While Google began its Glass Explorer program in the spring, the company is planning to expand it before the full consumer launch of Glass in 2014. Glass Explorers, who were chosen by the company yet still had to pay $1,500 for the glasses that display digital info right in front of your eye, are now allowed to invite three of their friends to the program.
Those Explorers will also have access to a new Glass device that allows the digital spectacles to work with prescription frames and includes a new earbud. Google does not state if the battery life has been improved, but it does state that it will allow those early buyers to swap out their Glass for a new color option.
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But Glass doesn't look like it will be the only Google gadget you can put on your body next year. Google is in the final stages of creating its own smartwatch and has begun talking to Asian suppliers to begin mass production, the Wall Street Journal reports. Google did not respond to ABC News' request for comment on the report.
According to the same report, the watch will be powered by Android and will be feature Google Now, the company's personal assistant technology that feeds recommendations and information before people even know they need it. Google is said to be focusing on the battery life in particular, an issue that has already plagued Samsung's Galaxy Gear watch, which was released last month.
Of course, that hasn't been the only issue with the Galaxy Gear. The watch has a confusing interface and a lack of applications. With reports of a 30 percent rate of returns on the watch, Samsung announced on Monday that it plans to roll out greater support for the watch and make it compatible with the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3.
Google's watch is likely to address those major complaints, though may also have steeper competition next year. Apple and Microsoft are also reported to be working on digital bracelets.
So, Google isn't the only company that's aiming to be all over your body.