Google has fueled speculation about plans for a separate Computer at a new boost with the acquisition. The Internet group fetches for $ 40 million (35 million Euro) Smartwatch technology in the watch specialists Fossil.
The company left the message on Thursday, which technology exactly is. At the same time, a part of the development division of Fossil to switch to Google, the company will retain more than 200 employees in the area. Google had taken over a year ago, in a similar way to the developer for its Smartphone division from the Taiwanese device vendor HTC.
Fossil is a heavyweight in the business with fashion watches. By the company of watches come under the name brands such as Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Diesel, Skagen, DKNY or Emporio Armani. The company from Texas, started in the last few years on the business Computer – and Hybrid-watches. The Fossil brands rely on the Google-developed Smartwatch-System Wear OS based on Android. While Android in the Smartphone sales with a market share of more than 80 percent clear, see the experts at Computer-watch the 2015 launched Apple Watch.
Google is developing Android and the operating system of the Smartphone manufacturers – competing with them at the same time, even with its Pixel-phones. The industry is already speculated for some time that the Internet Corporation could provide the users of its mobile phones, a Smartwatch. Among the manufacturers of Android phones, Samsung is still to be more in the business of Computer clocks is active. The South Koreans are not but the own System Tizen, the Software Google Wear OS. Various other providers that they had used to Wear OS, have moved to the moderate success of their models from the market.
The technology, Google is interested in, build on technology of the 2015 acquired Fitness-Band specialists, Misfit, said Fossil chief Strategy officer Greg McKelvey to the trade blog, “Wareable”. It was not a product innovation, as there is in the market currently. Google Manager, Stacey Burr stressed at the same time that the Internet company wants the technology to other partners. When the technology might come to market, remained open.