Meanwhile in China, Google is building secret new wearables

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Google is ramping up production of new wearables, according to a new report. The company is aggressively expanding in its Shanghai unit, which is close to key parts suppliers, and has increased the number of staff from 20 last year to 150 this year.

This, says The information, is because Google plans to expand its hardware offering, working on new wearables, VR headsets, smart speakers, phones and more. We've argued that Google needs to make a Pixel Watch, and this could be interpreted as an encouraging sign.

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However, it's unclear exactly what Google is building. While wearables are on the agenda, that doesn't necessarily mean just smartwatches, and we could easily see Google rolling out other types of wearables entirely. However with the prevalence of Android Wear in the market right now, new watches seem likely.

Over the past year or so Google has started to look suspiciously like a hardware company. Previously it had lent on third-party manufacturers to build around its software, even with the Pixel phones, but the company has expanded its hardware lineup with homemade devices like the Pixel Buds, Google Home and Daydream View.

But while Google is building these devices in China its relationship with the country, which blocks Google's search engine and apps, is rocky, so these devices may not actually be made available there.

Meanwhile in China, Google is building secret new wearables

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Now at Business Insider, Hugh originally joined Wareable from TechRadar where he’d been writing news, features, reviews and just about everything else you can think of for three years.

Hugh is now a correspondent at Business Insider.

Prior to Wareable, Hugh freelanced while studying, writing about bad indie bands and slightly better movies. He found his way into tech journalism at the beginning of the wearables boom, when everyone was talking about Google Glass and the Oculus Rift was merely a Kickstarter campaign - and has been fascinated ever since.

He’s particularly interested in VR and any fitness tech that will help him (eventually) get back into shape. Hugh has also written for T3, Wired, Total Film, Little White Lies and China Daily.

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