Google wants a VP of Wearables, might finally take smartwatches seriously

Alfred Osborne
February 10, 2019

According to two separate job listings, Google is now searching for a VP of Hardware Engineering for its wearables team, as well as a Wearable Design Manager.

The Google Pixel Watch appeared on a weekly basis in the rumor mill a year ago 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.

"As the VP of Hardware Engineering for Wearables, you'll 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 listing reads.

Last month, Google paid tens of millions of dollars for wearable technology created by American electronics maker and fashion company Fossil. While that might have been true for that time, it looks like Google is now looking to rectify that.

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To recap, Fossil - the leading Wear OS device manufacturer - announced the sale of its secret smartwatch tech to Google, which also acquired part of Fossil's R&D team as part of the deal.

Google's only current wearable product is the Pixel Buds, which hasn't been a runaway success. This posting strongly hints at the fact that Google might be seriously considering building its own wearable device, most likely under the Pixel branding.

A new Google device with codename "sargo" has appeared on Geekbench yesterday with the listing suggesting it is a Google Pixel 4 handset. 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.

There is a second listing for a "Wearables Design Manager", but the description is far less concrete.

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