Smartwatch-maker WIMM may have been snatched-up by Google

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Remember WIMM and its smartwatch? While now our attention is laser-focused on Samsung and the Galaxy Gear, the smartwatch landscape was looking very different (and a whole lot less worth getting excited about) two years ago. At the time, we shared news with you of WIMM and its smartwatch, notable at even that early date for running full-blown Android, rather than just being a more limited Bluetooth watch that simply pulled call and text data from your phone. About a year later, though, WIMM abruptly closed-up shop, seemingly ending the dream that it might be the company to finally make that must-have smartwatch. As we’re learning now, WIMM could still be a player in this game, with reports that the company was acquired by Google and has been helping with an internal smartwatch effort.

While Google hasn’t confirmed this, sources report a number of WIMM employees transitioning to rolls at Google, and while some still list WIMM in public employment records on sites like LinkedIn, others have been updating that info to reflect Google employment.

We already know from Google Glass that the company is very interested in wearable technologies, and hearing that innovators like WIMM have gotten themselves mixed up in Google’s smartwatch plans gives us much to be hopeful for.

Source: GigaOM

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