Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s highly anticipated iWatch is reportedly facing some manufacturing problems, and is likely to be released sometime in September. On the other hand, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is also working on a smart watch. Reports suggest that the search engine giant’s Android unit is developing the smart watch. That’s a bit surprising because most of Google’s innovative products are developed by its XLab, which is behind Google Glass.
Google smart watch features
So, let’s have a look at how these two wearable devices stand against each other based on what we know through supply chain sources and media reports. Popular gadget leaker @evleaks tweeted earlier today that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s smart watch will have a 1.65-inch LDC display with 280×280 resolution, 4GB internal storage and 512MB RAM. It didn’t reveal anything about the battery and processor.
As it’s being developed by the Android unit, the smart watch would run on the world’s most popular mobile OS. Google smart watch is likely to be unveiled at the company’s I/O developer conference in June. Most of the current wearables available in the market have focused on health, notification, and messaging. Google has also been working on a fitness API that will help users track their fitness activity.
iWatch likely to win the battle
In contrast, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iWatch is speculated to pack a lot of health and fitness features, besides notifications and communications. The tech giant is anticipated to release the iWatch with the iOS 8, which will have a fitness app code named Healthbook. The app will be able to monitor your heart rate, glucose levels, hydration level, blood pressure, miles walked and calories burned. If you enter the necessary details about your medications, it will also remind you when it’s time to take them.
Supply chain analysis firm DisplaySearch recently said that the iWatch will come in two different sizes for men and women. It will have an OLED display with 1.3-inch screen for women and 1.7-inch screen for men. Battery drainage is a big issue with wearable devices. The Cupertino-based company has a solution to that problem, as it has won a patent that will convert kinetic energy generated by everyday wrist movements to recharge the battery.
Moreover, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has a patented technology called “Wrist Pedometer Step Detection” that can improve iWatch’s accuracy in motion tracking. Based on the details known so far, iWatch is likely to pack much more health-related features than the Google smartwatch.