Report: Google smartwatch almost complete, will emphasize Google Now

|By:, SA News Editor

A source tells 9to5 Google the search giant is "putting the finishing touches on a Watch product," and that Google Now (GOOG -0.3%) functionality will be "at the center of the product." Google is also said to be focused on maximizing battery life and integrating Bluetooth 4.0 (supports the low-power Bluetooth LE protocol).

Google Now, whose voice assistant features and push notifications (relying on Google's mountains of user data) are relied upon by legions of Android users (and a growing number of iOS users), could potentially be put to good use on a smartwatch meant to quickly give users small amounts of useful info with the help of a paired smartphone.

A recent Android Police report indicated Google plans to announce a Nexus watch at month's end, along with Android 4.4 (KitKat).

Samsung just launched its $299 Galaxy Gear Android smartwatch. Reviews have been less than glowing.