Google acquires a startup made up of former employees to help improve Android Wear

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2016 may have been a down year for Android Wear, but that’s not to say Google doesn’t have ambitious plans for the platform moving into 2017.

On Monday, Cronologics, a startup founded by several former Google employees, announced that it was acquired by the search giant.

“We are joining Google to help grow the portfolio of watches powered by Android Wear,” said the company in a blog post announcing the acquisition.

“We see strong alignment with Android Wear’s mission and look forward to working with our new colleagues at Google to continue pushing the frontier of wearable technology and smartwatches with Android Wear 2.0 and beyond.”

It’s unlikely Google spent a lot of money acquiring Cronologics. However, the acquisition does show a willingness on the company’s part to continue investing in Android Wear. Cronologics, for its part, may have compelling ideas on how to make Android Wear more appealing to consumers.

The startup worked on the CoWatch. That device’s claim to fame is its Amazon Alexa integration, which Cronologics built.

Android Wear 2.0 is set to come out sometime early next year.

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