Google isn't giving up on smartwatches. After two-and-a-half years of leaving the hardware up to third-party manufacturers, Google will finally produce its first "flagship" Android Wear device. In an interview with The Verge, Android Wear Product Manager Jeff Chang confirmed earlier rumors that Google was developing a pair of smartwatches in-house.
Interestingly, the report says the device will not use Google's unified "Pixel" branding and would instead be branded by the (unnamed) company that is manufacturing the devices for Google. In the interview, Chang "likened the partnership to Google’s Nexus smartphone program."
We first heard about two "Google" watches from Android Police, which says they are codenamed "Angelfish" (a larger, LTE-enabled watch) and "Swordfish" (a smaller watch without LTE). According to the interview, the watches will be the first to launch with Android Wear 2.0, which was recently delayed into 2017. In addition to a total interface redesign, Wear 2.0 will finally bring Android Pay support to Google's wearables.