Google wants a new wearables hardware chief, but is it too little too late?

Google has dabbled in a range of equipment to showcase the best of its software, be it the Pixel phones, Google Home hardware or even the Pixel Buds. Curiously missing from that list is a first party Wear OS wearable. A new Google Careers ^(https://careers.google.com/jobs/results/125746667736441542-vice-president-hardware-engineering-wearables/) listing, however, suggests the company might be ready to give it another stab.

First noticed by Android Police ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/2019/02/07/google-may-start-building-its-own-wearables-is-looking-for-someone-to-lead-its-wearable-hardware-team/), the Google Careers listing is aimed at hiring a Vice President of Hardware Engineering for Wearables. A sufficiently high up position, it requires someone with at least 15 years of experience developing consumer-facing products as well as 12 years of experience with hardware manufacturing.

Google Careers Listing for Vice President of Hardware Engineering, Wearables

There were ample rumors last year that Google was all set to release a Pixel Watch, but that didn’t really come to fruition. However, this new job listing also comes on the heels of the acquisition of a hardware team and technology from Fossil last month. Between the acquisition and hiring, it is fair to say that Google is finally getting serious about a first party Wear OS wearable.

Wear OS as a platform has languished compared to the Apple Watch. Do you think a first party watch will help revitalize Google’s platform? Let us know in the comments section.

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