Google soon to launch two Android Wear smartwatches codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish

Google is reportedly building its own two Android Wear devices – which are probably Nexus branded. These two alleged smartwatches will be called Angelfish and Swordfish.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

/ by Aman Banka

Google announced the Android Wear platform two years back in March with first smartwatches running on that platform was LG's G Watch and Motorola's Moto 360. Following this, many OEMs have been manufacturing these watches and have achieved success regarding their sales and the experience they offer to their consumers.

But we have often wondered, just like we have Google's Nexus smartphones, why don't we have Nexus smartwatch. Google may have heard all these questions after all. After two years of success, it's about time, Google is reportedly building its own two Android Wear devices – which are probably Nexus branded, reports Android Police (referred as AP further).

AP is rating this rumor of Google building Nexus smartwatches a confidence level of 9 out of 10. According to AP, these two alleged smartwatches will be called Angelfish and Swordfish. Angelfish will be the larger one with LTE connectivity, GPS and heart rate sensor while the Swordfish will be smaller and won't sport the added connectivity and will be more pocket friendly.

The site has also released the first recreated images of the upcoming devices. AP notes that Google is currently in process of prototyping these smartwatches and it is yet unknown when they're going to be released. Also, the devices might end up looking completely different from what the below images show. It is also possible that either of them could be cancelled or delayed. 

Talking about the renders first, the watch on the left is the larger Angelfish and on the right is the smaller Swordfish. Both the watches are a bit different from each other. As you can see in the image, Angelfish will come with large crown button surrounded by smaller "shoulder" button above and below. Angelfish is reported to not support Google's MODE Android Wear watch bands because of it's design, whereas Swordfish will support use of MODE watch bands. 

The former will be launched as standalone smartwatch, owing to its LTE connectivity, GPS, and heart rate sensor, as reported above. The latter, on the other hand, won't have LTE or GPS and will have a smaller display and overall size.

Let's talk about each device in detail -


Angelfish will remind you of the Moto 360 and LG's Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, but is still different from both of them. It does not posses the stark circular "puck" shape of the Moto 360, nor does it posses the angular lugs or multi-piece design of the Urbane LTE.

That being said, the Angelfish's design sounds all the more sportier than the other one's. There will be 3 physical buttons to right side of the watch - one on the center and the other two smaller ones above and below it. It is unclear at the moment about the functionalities of these physical buttons.

Angelfish is said to be a little thick, at over 14mm in cross section, maybe because it will sport a large battery as necessitated by its LTE-ready chipset. The diameter of the watch is allegedly 43.5mm, which is smaller than the 46mm Moto 360 2nd Gen, but still a little bigger than the standard 42mm edition.

As for the colour variant, it might be coming in matte dark-gray finish that could be called 'titanium', but it's too soon to say about other colors to be available.


Swordfish is a bit smaller and in reminiscent in basic shape to the Pebble Time Round, lacking the Round's obviously massive screen bezel, using a different button arrangement. Unlike the Angelfish, it will only have a single button to the right-center with a polished button cap.

The Swordfish is also going to be thinner of the two with 10.6mm thickness and a diameter of 42mm. It also doesn't have the internal screen bezel, the portion of the body surrounding the watch face seems larger, and the shape looks more gentle and rounded than that of the Pebble's.

Both the watches will be having Google Assistant integration with Google Now-like contextual alerts such as location, time, or activities. Also, Google will release a brand-new style of watch faces for these devices for quicker access to notifications, information, or media controls for apps or functions that users commonly use.

A of now, we have no information regarding the hardware of these watches, how they will be branded (Nexus or Pixel or Google), what they will cost or when Google plans to launch them.

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