Google smartwatch for real, pegged for a release at I/O this June?

According to reports, it is being tipped that what is expected to be Google’s first ever smartwatch is set for a launch later this year, at their I/O event scheduled for June.

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Tech outlet Techcrunch also reports that the smartwatch will be made by none other than LG, manufacturers of the last 2 Nexus smartphones (Nexus 4 and Nexus 5). They say that the device will come with a plastic strap, a square display and Bluetooth 4.0 LE for communicating with smartphones and possibly other devices.

The whole idea behind the watch’s concept is that you shouldn’t have to take out your phone for various ambient alerts, like finding out who’s calling you or who just texted, for example.

Interactions with the watch are very gesture-driven. That is, swiping alerts and tapping to select.

Techcrunch says

In related news, popular leakster @evleaks just tweeted that the Google smartwatch will be made by LG, and will be launched at the Google I/O in June.

We can’t say for certain yet, but it seems like the I/O is going to be quite a fest; only yesterday we reported that Google will be showcasing Android v4.5 alongside the Nexus 8 tablet at the event. Well, time shall tell!