Google IO 2017 Coverage

Cronologics announces acquisition by Google to help with Android Wear

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After Google decided to drop back and punt on the release Android Wear 2.0, pushing a release date until sometime in 2017, things have been quiet in the world of Android smartwatches. That lack of news coming out of Google regarding their wearables platform does not mean steps are not being taken to ensure the new release is a solid move. The most recent update involves a company called Cronologics, which announced their acquisition by Google to help with Android Wear 2.0 development.

Cronologics actually had their own operating system that was developed for their smartwatch known as the CoWatch. The CoWatch had only started being sold this past September. Cronologics’ presence in the market came after starting up in 2014 with the help of some founders who were former Google employees.

The CoWatch device was notable for its ability to integrate with the Amazon Alexa platform so that users could issue voice commands using their smartwatch. Considering how hard Google is pushing into the home assistant market with the release of Google Home to compete with Alexa, snapping up some help to ensure their hardware is part of a more holistic framework makes sense. Any polish that Cronologics can bring to the smartwatch platform will help as well as all companies, Google included, seem to continue to struggle with figuring out just how to capitalize on the wearables platform.

No financial terms or other details of the acquisition have been released and thus far Google has not released their own statement regarding Cronologics.

source: Cronologics


About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3 along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.


  • bmlsayshi

    I’m suddenly very glad that I didn’t end up buying one of those watches. First Pebble and now this :(

    • Spyder

      You got that right! I have an android wear (LG Urbane) that I never wear anymore. I got tired of charging it every day and having a TV screen glowing on my wrist all the time. It does do some fantastic watchfaces though with WatchMaker. So I invested in the new Pebble Time 2. I got my refund this morning! LOL I did buy a last year’s Pebble Time Steel just so I wouldn’t entirely miss the color pebble thing, even though I knew it wouldn’t have any warranty. I think smart watches were a fad that’s quickly dying. I still prefer my mechanical watches the most.