Google takes over Cronologics to improvise Android Wear

Android Wear is losing fight against WatchOS in terms of adoption this year. Apple Watch still dominates the smartwatch market with more than 30 percent of the U.S. smartwatch market in Q2 2016. Therefore, Google has been trying to improve its standing in the smartwatch industry. According to sources, Google has just acquired Cronologics, a startup company that has been working on a platform for diverse smartwatches. The team today announced that they are going to join Google to develop smartwatches powered by Android Wear.

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The announcement comes more than two months following the delay of Android Wear 2.0. Furthermore, some smartwatch manufacturers confirmed that they would not launch any Android Wear-based smartwatches this year. Cronologics was founded in 2014 by Lan Rcohe, Leor Stern, and John Lagerling, who worked at Google in business development. The company has been working on its own smartwatch OS and its own device called CoWatch.

Cronologics launched CoWatch back in September with some exciting features including its support for Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant, which allows you to use voice commands to do many things like order food or get the weather forecasts. Besides, the smartwatch also includes the ability to connect to smartphones running on either Android or iOS.

According to Cronologics, they are looking forward to working with Google in flushing out the capabilities in Android Wear in order to make it more voice-enabled and enhance its ability to pair with other connected devices. With the acquisition of Cronologics, Google is expected to release Android Wear 2.0 sometime in early 2017.

This year, Google has released Google Pixel and Pixel Xl, the first smartphones carrying Google’s branding, which allows Google to optimize their own smartphones. Besides, Google released Android Nougat 7.0 with tons of new features and changes. Google also released its online payment service in New Zealand.

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