It was in 2016 when Google initially attempted to launch its first flagship smartwatches. Now, the tech giant is taking another crack at it, with the launch of its first-ever self-developed wearable reportedly slated for early 2022.
Sources familiar with the matter told Insider and The Verge that Google’s first self-developed smartwatch, codenamed “Rohan,” would serve as a “showcase” for the latest version of Google’s Android operating system for wearables, which is Wear OS 3.
It will reportedly work as any fitness tracker with a step-counting feature, heart rate monitor, and battery that requires charging every day.
The rumored device is also expected to come with an eye-catching design with a round display that has no physical bezel and paired with watch bands unique to Google.
This is not the first time the company is entering the fitness tracker market, as it has been furnishing the wearables of brands like Fossil, LG, Mobvoi, and other smartwatch makers with Wear OS. And last January, it has finished acquiring Fitbit and reportedly began merging its wearable team with that of Fitbit.
According to The Verge’s source, if things go as planned, Google’s first smartwatch will “cost more than a Fitbit” and compete against Apple Watch.