Google job listing hints the company is planning a big wearables expansion

Google could be working on creating its own wearables portfolio

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Google could be working on its own hardware for a smartwatch, suggests a job listing for put out by the company for the post of Vice President, Hardware Engineering Wearables.

According to the job description, this executive will "work collaboratively with the Senior Leadership team for Google Hardware and will be responsible for the design, development, and shipment of all Google's Wearable products". The company now sells Pixel Buds (if by sell you mean "has available for sale"), but they're far from a raging success. To date, the only Google-branded wearable the company has ever made is (checks notes) Google Glass, which came out five years ago and was barely a consumer product.

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The Google Pixel Watch appeared on a weekly basis in the rumor mill past year until the director of engineering for Wear OS (previously Android Wear) shut down any speculations saying such a device was not coming in 2018 and they are aiming to improve its partner network and wearable OS in general. Google hasn't revealed how it'll use Fossil's team or technology, except to say the deal will pave the way for a more "diverse portfolio of smartwatches". The hardware ecosystem has been strangled by Qualcomm, which refuses to make a modern smartwatch chip that can compete with Apple or Samsung's in-house chip divisions.

Google's VP of Wearable Hardware Engineering would have to somehow deal with this mess. Maybe this job listing news, though, shows there's a chance for Google to take a big, much-needed step forward here.

Right now, Google only has one wearable product with its own branding, that being the Google Pixel Buds, so it may be the company is looking to expand that line or it may be planning more Google Daydream VR related products too.


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