Google Reacquires Former Staff To Put Android Wear Back On Track
Smartwatch OS startup Chronologics has been acquired by Google and are expected to be be put to work on the company’s Android 2.0 update, recently delayed into 2017.
A post on the company’s website reads as follows: “We started Cronologics in 2014 as a platform for smart, diverse smartwatches. Today, we’re excited to announce the next phase of our journey — we are joining Google to help grow the portfolio of watches powered by Android Wear. We see strong alignment with Android Wear’s mission and look forward to working with our new colleagues at Google to continue pushing the frontier of wearable technology and smartwatches with Android Wear 2.0 and beyond.”
Originally founded by ex-Google staff,Chronologics rose to prominence earlier this year for their work on the crowdfunded CoWatch, which promised to integrate smartwatches with smart home solutions like Amazon’s Alexa and IFTTT devices.
The smartwatch market of 2016 is facing a lot of problems, among them, the complete lack of fanfare for Google’s Android Wear ranks pretty highly.
Originally pushed as a compelling alternative to Apple’s own smartwatch OS, it’s lack of polish and various shortcomings have to have acted as a for hindrance smaller players who don’t have the resources or talent to invest in their own software.
With any luck, the acquisition will result in a radically more capable software offering when Android Wear 2.0 does finally arrive. Though the idea of rolling in Chronologics’ own featureset in doesn’t exactly gel well with the prospects of Android Wear 2.0 (originally due in 2016) arriving in a more-timely manner.