Google acquired smartwatch technology company Cronologics in a move set to boost the search giant’s ailing Android Wear platform.
Cronologics said: “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.”
According to VentureBeat, Cronologics worked on areas including voice control of smartwatches. The technology news site suggested Google may be looking to improve Android Wear’s capabilities for voice-enabled services, including third-party apps and perhaps integrating with devices such as Google Home.
While Android dominates the smartphone market, Google is not enjoying the same level of success in the smartwatch space. The biggest Android smartphone vendor, Samsung, went so far as to use a different platform for its wearable devices – Tizen.
Even Android Wear bellwether Motorola, with its Moto 360 line, reportedly opted out of offering new products in the short term.
Google delayed the launch of Android Wear 2.0 into “early 2017”, contributing to a sense the platform is currently in a holding pattern.
According to IDC, the smartwatch market endured “growing pains” in Q3, which while largely due to the lack of a new Apple Watch, was also impacted by the lack of new Android models.