Google brings the Cronologics team onboard to give Android Wear 2.0 a boost

google cronologics android wear 2 acquisition news cowatch 004
Android Wear hasn’t been shown the love it deserves, and has therefore fallen behind the pack, with both Apple’s WatchOS and Samsung’s Tizen operating system on the Gear S2 and Gear S3 being more fun, versatile, and usable. Google’s doing something about it, and ahead of next year’s Android Wear 2.0 release, it has acquired Cronologics, a wearable technology company, to work with it on the platform.

Cronologics developed the operating system for the CoWatch, a crowd-funded smartwatch launched in 2016, which is similar in look and style to Android Wear, but includes alternative features and interesting uses for onscreen sub dials. It’s notable for integrating Amazon’s Alexa artificial intelligence system to control smart home appliances, place online orders, and add items onto a to-do list.

No financial terms of the deal between Cronologics and Google were revealed, but in a statement published on the company’s website, it’s said Cronologics will, “join Google to help grow the portfolio of watches powered by Android Wear.” It also mentions working on Android Wear 2.0, although specifics aren’t discussed. It’s unlikely Cronologics work will be highlighted individually in the future, after it’s absorbed into the Google team.

Interestingly, Cronologics is familiar with working at Google. Co-founders Leor Stern and Lan Roche have both worked for Google in the past. Stern headed up business development for Niantic Labs when it was part of Google, and occupied other similar roles for the company. Roche also worked in business development, most notably on the Android Wear partnership program.

While the acquisition is no doubt good news for Cronologics, it may not be for the CoWatch. The smartwatch can still be purchased online now, but Google may not allow continued use of the software, and even if it does, there aren’t likely to be many software updates in the future. We’ll update here with more information when we receive it.

Android Wear 2.0 is excepted in early 2017.

Product Review

Mediocre battery and a big notch slight Google's otherwise perfect Pixel phone

Google’s Pixel 3 XL has two big flaws: The gigantic notch on the front, and mediocre battery life. That being said, this is the best Android experience you can find in a smartphone today.
Product Review

Google’s Pixel 3 is a hair away from pocket-sized perfection

Google’s Pixel 3 smartphone is the best Android phone you can buy. It doesn’t have the best looks or the best hardware, but you’ll be hard pressed to find better software and unique A.I. functionalities.
Deals

The best Apple Watch deals for October 2018

The Apple Watch has surged to prominence in recent years. If you're in the market for an iOS wearable, we've sniffed out the best Apple Watch deals available right now for all three models of this great smartwatch.
Product Review

The Huawei Watch GT’s battery life gets a tick, but the software may not tock

Huawei’s track record with smartwatches is strong, having releases two models and several spin-offs to general acclaim. This is the Watch GT, and it moves away from Google’s Wear OS to focus on fitness, yet stays ahead of the…
Outdoors

Garmin’s new Instinct GPS watch is built for the sportsman in all of us

The new Garmin Instinct is a GPS multisport watch for people who love to be outdoors. The $300 Instinct takes the best features of the company's popular Fenix watches and packages them into rugged, military-grade package.
Wearables

These are the best smartwatches for everything from fashion to fitness

Tempted to buy a smartwatch? If so, then the growing number of great models available means you've got plenty to choose from. But which one should you pick? Here is our list of the best smartwatches.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: DIY smartphones and zip-on bike tires

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Wearables

Our favorite fitness trackers make it fun to keep moving

Looking for your first fitness tracker, or an upgrade to the one you're already wearing? There are plenty of the wrist-worn gadgets available. Here are our picks for the best fitness trackers available right now.
Emerging Tech

Here’s all the best gear and gadgetry you can snag for $100 or less

A $100 bill can get you further than you might think -- so long as you know where to look. Check out our picks for the best tech under $100, whether you're in the market for headphones or a virtual-reality headset.
Product Review

The all-new Palm wants to be many things, but it’s really just a tiny smartphone

The all-new Palm is here, and it’s tinier than ever. Exclusive to Verizon, it syncs to your primary smartphone and acts as a secondary device -- with features to help you disconnect from technology. But at $350, is it worth the high price…
Mobile

Montblanc’s $995 Summit 2 watch stays on your wrist for longer between charges

Montblanc has taken the wraps off of the new Montblanc Summit 2 -- the first watch to feature the new Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor. The watch features a premium design and Google's Wear OS.
Mobile

Inferiority is a feature now! Palm's new plan is psychotic

The Palm is a smartphone to reduce your smartphone usage, or a small smartphone for when you don't want to carry your big smartphone. Palm itself doesn't seem sure which it is, but either way, it's a product that's so witless, we're amazed…
Mobile

With Spotify for WearOS, you no longer need your phone to stream music

A Spotify app will soon be available for download on Wear OS smartwatches. Whether you're working out or lounging at home, you'll soon be able to access and control your music straight from your wrist.
Mobile

The Verizon GizmoWatch puts a quick-communication device on your kid’s wrist

Verizon is taking another shot at building a smartwatch for youngsters. The company announced the Verizon GizmoWatch, which boasts 4G connectivity and helps parents keep track of their children.