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Rumor: Google ‘Gem’ Nexus Smartwatch landing October 31 alongside Nexus 5 and Android 4.4

In this day and age, when it’s harder to keep a secret linked to an unannounced mobile product than, say, pass a bill in Congress (and we know very well how hard that is), Google is this close to dropping the second bomb in a matter of less than two months.


Or rather was, because the cat is out of the bag. The cat being a Nexus smartwatch supposedly codenamed “Gem” and that could get a formal unveiling next to the LG-made Nexus 5 (or Nexus 4 2013) and Android 4.4 KitKat.

Sorry, Big G, but as fun as it probably was for you to see everyone gasp for air due to the shock of Android 5.0 Key Lime mutating into 4.4 KitKat, it doesn’t look like you have another trick up your sleeve. Or do you?

After all, the “Gem” rumor is pretty thin. So thin that the guy starting it, Artem Russakovskii, hesitated to post it on Android Police, the website that he owns, and instead chose to publish it on Google+ in front of a much smaller audience.


Besides, he’s the first one to admit there’s no “second confirmation” or “visual evidence” supporting the theory, so you know the drill, salt in hand, careful with jumping to conclusions and take it easy.

Yet the second confirmation might come from another respected Android-focused journo, namely Kellen Barranger, the founder of Droid-Life. According to his sources, who mind you, may just be the same as Artem’s, the Nexus smartwatch is indeed internally nicknamed Gem and the odds are it’ll become official on October 31.

All fine and dandy, but does anyone know one lousy specific detail about the watch? Nope, nor do they care to speculate. So there you have it, a thick cloud of smoke and a bunch of mirrors, which could well be the distraction ahead of the actual grand trick. Bring it on, Google,we’re ready!

Sources: Artem Russakovskii, Kellen Barranger

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