Enlarge / The brand new Put on OS.

Suppose you can save Android Put on? A brand new Google job itemizing (first noticed by Android Police) exhibits a gap for “Vice President, Engineering, Wearables” on the Google group. The individual would “work collaboratively with the Senior Management group for Google and will likely be liable for the design, improvement, and cargo of all Google’s Wearable merchandise.” This job place and the latest acquisition of expertise from Fossil are each strong proof that Google is interested by producing a self-branded wearable.

There are at present zero Google wearable merchandise available on the market. Google builds Pixel telephones, tablets, good audio system, Wi-Fi routers, phone-powered VR headsets, and Chromecasts, however it has by no means tackled a wearable. Thus far, the one Google-branded wearable the corporate has ever made is (checks notes) Google Glass, which got here out 5 years in the past and was barely a client product.

Whereas Google has principally been letting the wearable world go it by, the corporate a minimum of makes wearable software program within the type of (Android) Put on OS. At one level Put on OS shipped on smartwatches from Samsung, LG, Sony, Huawei, Motorola, Fossil, and Asus, however most main OEMs have given up on Google’s wearable OS. A giant a part of the issue is that there’s simply nothing to make a smartwatch with. The ecosystem has been strangled by Qualcomm, which refuses to make a contemporary smartwatch chip that may compete with Apple or Samsung’s in-house chip divisions. Qualcomm’s lack of wearable funding means its “Snapdragon Put on” chips are mainly the identical repackaged SoC yearly. They’re all constructed on a producing course of expertise from 2013, which implies Put on OS gadgets cannot compete with Apple or Samsung in terms of pace, battery life, or gadget compactness.

Google’s VP of Wearable Engineering must one way or the other cope with this mess. The “job obligations” present Google is seeking to develop “gadgets addressing a broad spectrum of makes use of, options, and worth factors” as it really works on constructing a “wearables portfolio.” One other Wearables-focused job itemizing seeks a “Wearables Design Supervisor” that might be liable for designing a handsome wearable.

Whereas simply in search of wearable-focused executives now appears extraordinarily, extremely late within the recreation, it is value noting that Google VP Rick Osterloh was employed simply six months earlier than the launch of the Google group’s first product, the Google Pixel 1. Google can flip this stuff round rapidly when it needs to.

candidates can apply at this hyperlink. Good luck, everybody!

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