Google Nexus Smartwatch
Google Nexus smartwatch to have 1.65in screen.T3

Fresh rumours revealing details of Google's first Nexus-branded smartwatch have surfaced.

Google is expected to once again work with South Korean smartphone manufacturer LG as its hardware partner in this project, following successful collaborations with the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 smartphones.

While there is no official word from Google so far, prolific leaker @evleaks has given some hints of what the Nexus smartwatch's technical specifications will be.

According to @evleaks the smartwatch will have 1.65in IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 280 x 280 pixels, along with 512MB RAM and 4GB internal storage. The leaked information does not contain anything about the processor of the device.

These specs are almost identical to the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo which were announced at Mobile World Congress last month. However these smartwatches will run Samsung's own Tizen software rather than Android - with Google's smartwatch expected to run a specially-designed verison of the mobile software.

Smartwatch operating system

Last month it was reported that Google is developing its own smartwatch operating system for OEMs and developers to build smartwatch apps. The Android-based smartwatch OS is expected to heavily feature the Google Now voice assistant.

An always-on feature - similar to that seen in Motorola's Moto X smartphone - is likely to be included in all Google Now-based smartwatches and LG is said to have already started working on this feature.

The smartwatch OS is expected to be announced sometime between March and May when details of the Nexus smartwatch are also expected to be release, ahead of the company's 7th annual Google I/O conference scheduled for the 25-26 June at Moscone West, San Francisco where the company is expected to officially launch its first smartwatch.