Google Secretly Acquired Android Smartwatch Maker WIMM Last Year

Friday, August 30, 2013



Google secretly acquired Android smartwatch maker WIMM last year | We tend to have known that Google has been working on its own smartwatch, and at the terribly least it is working towards optimizing Android for use on smartwatches. But, it seems that Google has been operating on this longer than we have a tendency to have known. A new report is saying that Google secretly acquired Android smartwatch maker WIMM sometime last year.



The way this whole thing has gone down has been pretty attention-grabbing. WIMM released its 1st Android smartwatch, the WIMM One, back in 2011. The device got some positive reviews. Then, last summer, WIMM suddenly went quiet aside from one statement saying that the company had "entered into an exclusive, confidential relationship" and wouldn't continue with its current product line. A Google representative has confirmed that it's acquired WIMM, and it is assumed the deal happened when WIMM went quiet, but nobody is aware of for certain.

What makes WIMM even more fascinating is that the corporate didn't just make hardware, but also place together a platform to help developers create what it called "micro apps" for the devices. The app store is still accessible on the net and shows off a pair dozen apps.


There is not abundant additional information on what is happening, however it's very interesting that Google brought in a proficient team to work on the corporate's own smartwatch efforts. It's unclear once we'll get more info on what's happening inside Google, however we tend to're undoubtedly excited to hear more.

source: GigaOM

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