Google hasn’t had much success with Wear OS so far, and much of the blame lies with it for neglecting the platform for years and not rolling out any meaningful updates. However, since Wear OS merged with Tizen last year, the platform has been making a comeback of sorts. To make this transition successful, Wear OS needs a flagship device. This year, the big G is supposed to launch the Pixel Watch to fill those shoes. Below is everything rumors have told us about Google’s next wearable so far.
Google Pixel watch: design
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The Pixel Watch is said to be codenamed “Rohan” or “Nightlight”, depending on which report you believe, and will be designed to showcase the full power of Wear OS 3. Leaked render courtesy of Jon Prosser points to the wearable features a circular display with a bezel-less design. It will feature a circular button on the right that could help you navigate the UI and scroll through long lists. Google apparently plans to offer the watch with watch straps in different colors, including orange, yellow, and white. Prosser’s track record is mixed, so it’s best to take these leaked renders with a grain of salt.
There’s no word on the screen size, and current leaks suggest that Google intends to offer the smartwatch in one size only. Some images found in the Wear OS 3 emulator reveal ten unique watch faces that will eventually come to the Pixel Watch, including one with Fitbit data integration on the watch face.
Another leak from a carrier database reveals that the Pixel Watch will have 32GB of internal storage, double that of the Samsung Galaxy Watch4. He also suggests that the watch will be sold in three colors: gray, black and gold. Additionally, Google is apparently planning to offer a cellular variant of the watch.
Google Pixel Watch: health tracking and Fitbit integration
Like other smartwatches on the market, the Pixel Watch is expected to pack a slew of health-related sensors, including a gyroscope, accelerometer, and heart rate monitor. The wearable could offer a similar fitness tracking experience to other Wear OS smartwatches on the market; however, it is unclear whether or not it will measure advanced metrics such as blood oxygen levels.
Google is reportedly working on Fitbit integration for Wear OS 3, which is expected to release with the Pixel Watch. This would mean Pixel Watch and likely other Wear OS 3 watch users will be able to sync their fitness data to Fitbit and compete with friends. The integration would be much more useful than relying on Google Fit, as it doesn’t analyze collected data the same way Fitbit does. Google hasn’t done much with its acquisition of Fitbit so far, and the Pixel Watch could be a good launch vehicle for that integration.
Google Pixel Watch: Google Assistant for Wear OS
Right now, the Samsung Galaxy Watch4 is the only smartwatch on the market to run Wear OS 3. However, it’s more of a Samsung wearable than a Google one, and it lacks Google Assistant. The company could launch its virtual assistant on the Pixel Watch, which will also help differentiate it from other Wear OS devices on the market. The virtual assistant will eventually come to all Wear OS 3 devices, but Google might keep some features exclusive to its smartwatch.
Google Pixel Watch: Chipset and battery life
A Tensor-branded chip would power the Pixel Watch. It will be based on the 5nm Exynos chip currently found in the Galaxy Watch4, with perhaps some Google-specific tweaks.
Don’t expect the watch to come as a surprise in the battery life department: it will apparently offer enough juice to get you through a day. That shouldn’t be surprising, as that’s about the lifespan of most Wear OS watches. More worryingly, however, there will apparently be no support for fast charging, so recharging the battery will take a bit of time.
Google Pixel Watch: price and release date
There have been conflicting reports about the release date of the Pixel Watch. The wearable could be unveiled in May during I/O 2022 or alongside the Pixel 6a in June. Recent tweets from Jon Prosser hint at a launch alongside the Pixel 7 series in the fall, and can’t be entirely ruled out – Google might be teasing its next smartwatch at I/O. Given the conflicting information, it’s unclear when Google intends to announce the Pixel Watch.
There’s no word on pricing, but don’t expect the Pixel Watch to be cheap. We’re expecting a price similar to the $250 price tag the Galaxy Watch4 wore when it launched, though the LTE or 5G variants could cost even more. Given Google’s recent habit of launching its Pixel products in just a handful of markets, don’t expect the watch to be available in every major market around the world.
Google has built a solid foundation for the return of Wear OS by merging it with Tizen. The platform now needs a hero device to showcase all of its capabilities to make it a success, so it’s important that the Pixel Watch meets all the key aspects. That’s something only time will tell, though.
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