Google might be set to unveil the best smartwatch yet for business owners.
Rumors suggest the device, codenamed "Gem," will launch as early as Oct. 31.
The news comes hot on the heels of a host of other smartwatch releases this year, including Samsung's Galaxy Gear, Sony's Smartwatch 2 and the Pebble smartwatch.
But Laptopmag.com reports that Google's watch will have a unique feature that could make it a must-have for small business owners: deep integration with Google Now, the tech giant's customizable push-notification service designed to make you more productive.
Google Now is an intelligent personal assistant that, so far, has only been available on Android smartphones. But the release of a Google smartwatch will reportedly bring the service right to your wrist so that it's always within view.
Google Now is designed to know what you need before you ask for it. The service works by monitoring your activity within the Google ecosystem and pushing relevant notifications to you as they're detected.
In practice, the service can notify you of traffic delays, weather, upcoming appointments and much more. It's more powerful than other notification services because of its tight integration with Google search and your existing Gmail and Google Calendar accounts.
It's also highly customizable. Each user can manually add and remove Google Now "cards" to modify the types of notifications he or she receives.
Google Now's voice-detection capabilities mean you can also ask it a question to retrieve specific information on the fly.
Here are just a few ways a Google Now-powered smartwatch could help you run your small business:
- Traffic: Accidents and other traffic delays can make you late to your next business meeting — or even simply late to open up shop at the start of the day. Google Now constantly monitors traffic conditions to notify you of any accidents along your regular route, and can link to Google Maps to suggest an alternate route.
- Organization: Even if your smartphone is set to remind you to pick up a package or make a business call, you might miss your phone's chime or vibration. With Google Now on your wrist, business-related reminders and notifications will be almost impossible to miss.
- Search: Google Now can use your Google searches to push relevant news straight to you. The feature can help keep you up to speed with industry updates or news about competitors.
- Travel: If you travel for business, Google Now can monitor your Gmail account for information about upcoming flights. Then, it can notify you in real time about flight delays or cancellations.
Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.