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Google Nexus smartwatch codenamed Gem, will launch end of October

A Google Nexus smartwatch is apparently on its way this month, currently bearing the codename Gem.

It seems that Google is about to pull its own smartwatch out of the bag with rumours of an incoming Google Gem device doing the rounds.

The latest rumours state Google’s smartwatch is codenamed the Nexus Gem and could launch alongside the new Android 4.4 KitKat OS.

Rumours of a Google smartwatch have been circulating for many months now, but originally such a device was tipped for a 2014 launch.

Coming from the Google+ page of Android Police founder, Artem Russakovskii, the rumour tips a launch date of October 31, although the majority suggest a Google event is scheduled for October 14.

“Google will announce a Nexus watch, codenamed Gem, likely together with the KitKat announcement”, posted Russakovskii.

Google’s Nexus Gem smartwatch unveiling may well be timed to coincide with the launch of the eagerly anticipated Google Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat.

As always, these rumours shouldn’t be taken as concrete fact, with Russakovskii even prefacing his information with a warning:

“Nothing is 100 per cent until it’s officially announced. None of this may end up being true, though I have a good level of confidence in the sources.”

Currently, there are no indications as to what any of the Google smartwatch specs will be, but hopefully it will perform better than the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

The Galaxy Gear is only compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in the UK and offers limited functionality for the user at present.

Google will most likely make its smartwatch compatible with all Android devices and it should launch with a price tag lower than the £299 Galaxy Gear.

A Nexus smartwatch could be Google’s second wearable technology venture, following on from Google Glass.

Next, let us know what Apple iWatch features you’d like to see.

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