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Google Smartwatch is Coming and Gmail and Google Maps Getting Updates

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    Our friends over at AndroidAuthority have a pretty cool exclusive today. Apparently there are still a few cool surprises coming at Google I/O 2013 in a couple of days. First, they confirmed from very reputable sources that Google Watch is definitely a go, and will likely launch at Google I/O this year. In fact, the watch is already supposedly designed, built and in mass production now. It is designed to function much like Google Glass, including voice commands. For now it is still not a self-contained device and will need to be tethered to your smartphone, but Google is working on a version which will function on its own. Their source also made it clear the Google Watch is being built by Motorola.

    Second, Google plans to introduce some big updates to a couple of their most popular services: Google Maps and Gmail. Google Maps will be getting an updated interface including a full screen display. The new Gmail will also be going full screen and include some new gesture based functions. Here are a couple of quotes with details about these updates,

    In reference to the new Google Maps,
    Regarding the new Gmail,
    So, despite the earlier news suggesting Google I/O might not have some of the exciting launches we were hoping for, it looks like we might get some stuff that is still pretty exciting. It's easy to dismiss software innovations when we are distracted by some new gadget, but really, without Google (and our amazing community developers) pushing the envelope on software innovations, our shiny new hardware would be little more than a fancy brick.
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    I agree with ya thanks to Google because Verizon would be charging us for Maps and lots of other stuff.
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    I just don't get all the stupid watch rumors. Sony already sells a watch at Verizon. Sony beat everyone to the punch.
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    Bring it on!! I have a cheap Bluetooth watch that only tells time and provides caller ID and vibration for the incoming phone calls while the phone's ringer is off (i.e. at work), but would love to have a fully interactive wrist apparatus for the phone. Even better, one that doesn't require the phone...but who's going to give up the large screen of a palm-top for a wrist phone since surfing the web would be atrocious.

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    Hello?
    I thought people on this site knew about the latest products.

    Sony done beat Apple and Google to the punch MONTHS ago. This is prominently displayed in the VZW stores.
    SmartWatch | MN2SW | Sony USA

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    I've never been a huge fan of Sony but as I see everyone get all excited about a Google or Apple watch I just scratch my head and think... everyone is playing catch up already: to SONY?!?!?!
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    Who's your Daddy? :p

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    Anyone really think the iWatch or the gWatch is going to do more then:

    "You can use the 1.3 inch screen to read emails, [FONT=inherit !important][FONT=inherit !important]text[/FONT][FONT=inherit !important]messages[/FONT][/FONT] and updates from Facebook and Twitter. It can also be used to control your phone's media player and as a remote for the camera on your handset. Not only will you have the time on your wrist, but you will also have the latest updated weather information. Just remember that you need to have your phone with youwhen using the Sony SmartWatch."

    Sony SmartWatch now can be bought from Verizon

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    Yep. Companies have this tech out already, but as long as they keep pushing the envelope, they will eventually have Dick Tracy style cellphone watches with video conferencing (and maybe even hologram style projections). The primary difference with Google's device is more advanced control schemes, like voice control and a few more possibilities. If they don't keep advancing this tech, even by small incremental steps, then we would just be stuck with the Mickey Mouse watch shown above! :)
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    No... companIES do not have this yet.
    5 months ago we heard
    Rumor: Apple is working on a watch.
    4 months ago:
    Rumor: Samsung is working on a watch.
    3 months ago: Sony RELEASES a watch. No one says a word.
    and now:
    Rumor: Google is making a watch.

    Get with the program people: SONY BEAT YOU!
    and NOT just by a little..... by a HUGE margin.
    Sony will be releasing V2 before anyone else even offers V1.
    Again, NOT a huge Sony fan but man... they smoked everyone here.
    Not to mention the Sony tablet, imo, is currently the one to beat.

    Not a huge fan but I hope they do well. They are raising the bar.
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