Ten days ago, it was reported that we could see a new Google watch (codenamed Gem) on October 31 alongside the Nexus 5, Nexus 10, and Kit Kat. Of course, the latest rumor suggests the Nexus 5 will be announced tomorrow, and we have yet to see an FCC filing or any significant leaks regarding a Google watch. Now we do know that Google is working on a watch based on earlier reports from publications like the Wall Street Journal and the fact that Google purchased WiMM. The question is when will they show it to us?
Well 9to5Google seems to think they have a reliable source that tells them that Google is putting the finishing touches on the watch, which means it will be unveiled very soon. The source also indicated that it would be heavily influenced by Kit Kat and have a big dose of Google Now. This is far from surprising since all Google products run the latest version of Android. As to Google Now, it’s being utilized in Google Glass, so why wouldn’t it be a big emphasis on their smartwatch. Tell me something I don’t know.
I’m probably one of a select few that still wear a WiMM One smartwatch everyday. I love it, and so far, it’s the only smartwatch that does what I want. The only downside, and a big one, is that all support was stopped about a year ago. At that time, WiMM Labs, the maker of the watch, Tweeted the following…
“During the summer of 2012, WIMM Labs entered into an exclusive, confidential relationship for our technology and ceased sales of the Developer Preview Kit (…) We’d like to thank all of our developers for their interest and willingness to experiment with our platform and look forward to exciting advances in the wearable market.”
“What exactly is a Micro App Store” I hear you cry. Well it’s pretty much as it sounds, an app store that brings you micro apps for your micro device, specifically the WIMM One Android watch. The WIMM One boasts a 667MHz ARM processor with 256MB RAM and 2GB internal storage. There’s bluetooth and wireless connectivity as well as an accelerometer, GPS module and compass on board. The micro device weighs only 22g and measures in at 32 x 36 x 12.5mm, despite the tiny dimensions it manages to cram in a 1.41″, 160 x 160 capacitive touch screen.
Impressive tech-specs are simply the first step to success, without top notch developer support the specifications may well count for nothing and that’s where the Micro App Store comes into play. Similar to the Android Market website, WIMM’s store pushes the selected app from the web directly to the WIMM One watch. At the time of posting there are around 25 applications ready for download with the promise of many more to come. There’s no infrastructure for paid apps just yet so perhaps it’s the ideal to time to fill your boots with some free apps.
It seems that the mobile device size wars go round in cycles. In the days of the Nokia 8310 it was all about being the smallest, then the original RAZR arrived on the scene and thin was in, now with the 4.65″ Galaxy Nexus and 5.3″ Galaxy Note hitting the headlines, the current trend is all about being the biggest. Is 2012 set to be the year when we arrive full circle as we see the rise of the tiny, smart watches? We had a false dawn in 2010 with the, innovative but flawed, Sony Ericsson LiveView but this year is set to be more promising with Motorola’s MotoActv, the stylish i’mWatch and Sony’s forthcoming SmartWatch all hitting the market.
Check out the link for full details on the WIMM Micro App Store and be sure to let us know if you’re planning on picking up a smart watch this year in the comments below.
source : WIMM LABS
Remember, way back in the day, when everyone thought the coolest thing in the world was a wristwatch computer? Well, it looks like those days are still around, and WIMM thinks the idea is cooler than your grandma’s pajama jeans.
Granted, we’ve seen other devices like this… heck, even Motorola had some prototypes in play. According to WIMM, their wristwatch device not only syncs up to your Android device via bluetooth (think Sony Ericsson LiveView), but also has the ability to act as a standalone device that can run its own apps and handle its own computing. The device can be strapped into a watch, clipped on a bike, or attached to a belt clip.
While smartwatches haven’t exactly been the wave of the future they were thought to be, it will still be interesting to see what WIMM can make happen.