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FDA ECG approval for Alphabet Watch and Google's recent Fossil deal hint at smartwatch plans

The Verily Study Watch has received FDA approval for its ECG monitor. (Source: Verily)
The Verily Study Watch has received FDA approval for its ECG monitor. (Source: Verily)
Alphabet-owned company Verily has received FDA certification for its Study Watch. As one of Alphabet's many companies, which includes Google, it gives us a pretty good idea of the capabilities of Google's rumored Pixel Watch.
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Alphabet, as you are probably familiar by now, is the parent company of Google, but also several others. This also includes Verily a health-focused company that has developed a smartwatch specifically made for clinical studies it first introduced in 2017. The company has now received FDA certification for its ECG functionality, which puts it on par with the latest Apple Watch Series 4.

To date, the Verily Study Watch (as it is officially known) has been used specifically to assist researchers in the study of Parkinson’s disease among others. The new functionality will help it detect A-Fib, or irregular heartbeats which can be fatal if not treated. Again, this is an area that Apple is interested in as well. Verily also makes other health specific technology including contact lenses that detect blood glucose levels.

Along with the Google’s recent purchase of some yet to be disclosed smartwatch technology from Fossil for US$40m, this new development also gives us some pretty strong clues about Google’s likely plans for the rumored Pixel Watch. Apple has made good ground with the Apple Watch by focusing on its health-related functionality, and it looks like this probably where Google will be heading as well.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1291 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2019-01-20 (Update: 2019-01-20)