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.