By Stephen Schenck | January 31, 2014 1:14 PM
Google’s brief experiment with being involved in smartphone hardware manufacturing (or at least, doing so at arm’s length) is about to wrap up, but as we know, the company’s still got plenty of hardware interests elsewhere. Those take the form of things like Chromecast or Google Glass, with the latter generating a whole lot of buzz as we near a presumed commercial launch. Alongside Glass, we’ve been hearing rumors now and then of Google’s interest in smartwatches, and according to a new report, these wearable gadgets are precisely the direction Google is plotting for itself.
According to a number of sources, Google has been looking around at other companies in the wearable space with the hopes of snatching a few up. We’ve talked about Google doing just that sort of thing before, like last summer when rumors suggested that Google may have quietly snatched-up smartwatch maker WIMM, but with that Glass launch on the horizon, you had better believe that wearables are going to start getting a lot more attention both later this year and in the years to come.
In that light, Google may be trying to get ahead of the curve here, and help dictate the new roles wearables will take in our lives, rather than reacting to releases from its competitors.