After years of being in the rumor mill, Google’s purchase of Fitbit made a Pixel-branded smartwatch inevitable. A few reports from Business Insider and The Verge in late 2021 tipped 2022 as the year when the much-rumoured Pixel Watch would finally be released. In the months that followed, we learned quite a bit about the device, including from an iPhone 4-style physical leak from so many years ago.
The Pixel Watch is expected to debut alongside the Pixel 6a at Google I/O. According to leaker Jon Prosser, this will not be a full launch. It’s “teased”, probably similar to the pre-launch announcements of the Pixel 4, 5 and 6, teasing some details and keeping others close-chested. A full launch is expected in October alongside the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. In any case, almost every reliable source expects the Pixel Watch to break cover soon.
Google I/O ’22 👇
As far as I know, Google will officially announce the Pixel 6a+ "tease" the pixel watch.
The Pixel 6a launch (in most markets) has been pushed back to July 28th.
Pixel Watch is officially announced and launched in October alongside Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. pic.twitter.com/IwwRX2pZtR
— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) March 24, 2022
As for pricing, the Pixel Watch is expected to cost between $300 and $400, according to tipster Yogesh Brar. That makes it a competitor to the Apple Watch Series 7 in terms of pricing. Google often prices its products — think Pixel Buds, PixelBook, and Pixel itself — close to what Apple’s equivalents would be. Whatever you think of the wisdom of this approach, there’s precedent for a slightly pricey Pixel Watch.
The Pixel Watch has already been physically leaked alongside renders. We have a good daily idea of what it looks like, with a minimalist design featuring a round chassis, a single crown, and at least one silver colorway. Google’s designs have always been serviceable and comfortable, and the Pixel Watch doesn’t seem to deviate.
Tagtech414 described the Pixel Watch, the source of the physical leak, and wrote further reddit: “This is the most comfortable watch I’ve ever worn. It feels a lot thinner than the measurements suggest. Compared to my Galaxy Watch, it feels like it’s not even there. And, big plus, the crown does NOT bump into the back of my hand when I bend my wrist back or type, which drives me crazy with other watches. The band is soft silicone with good flex and doesn’t seem to show fingerprints/oil too much which is great.”
Regarding colors, the carrier’s inventory records are reported by Android Police Let’s say it will be in grey, black and gold colors, similar to the Pixel 6 Pro and the Fitbit Sense.
The Pixel Watch reportedly comes with Wear OS 3.1, a newer version of Wear OS than the one running on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic.
It will be the first time we’ll see Google’s Wear OS without a Samsung overlay. The company promised faster app launches, smoother animations, and longer battery life. The design of emulators is also very similar to the Material You Design that Google currently uses on Android smartphones and tablets.
Outside of the Galaxy Watch 4, we haven’t really seen the true potential of Wear OS 3 as shown by Google at I/O 2021. The Pixel Watch could prove to be our first chance if companies like Fossil and Mobvoi don’t start rolling out their updates in the meantime.
At the same time, we can also assume that the Pixel Watch will have integration with Fitbit. Google bought the fitness band maker in 2021 and had pledged to use its technology for new products. A Pixel Watch would be the perfect time to demonstrate this, especially since Apple and Samsung have a strong focus on health in their respective smartwatches.
We know little about the Pixel Watch sensors. However, when running Wear OS 3 we can expect it to be reasonably capable. Data from the Wear OS 3 emulator is likely plugging it in too Exynos processor and at least 1GB of RAM. Referring to tipster Yogesh Brar, this Exynos chip can be construed as part of an ongoing partnership between Samsung and Google. It’s worth noting that Samsung also helps manufacture the Tensor chip that powers the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, so it makes a lot of sense for Google to continue leaning on them.
I got some information about Pixel Watch from a relatively new source
1) Google Samsung partnership here too.
2) Same sensors as Galaxy Watch (ECG & more)
3) New WearOS 3.1 build
4) 2 sizes, at least 4 color watch straps.
5) Limited edition, priced between $300 and $400
— Yogesh Brar (@heyitsyogesh) April 27, 2022
Brar also claims that the watch would feature the same sensors as the Galaxy Watch 4, including an accelerometer, barometer, gyro sensor, geomagnetic sensor, light sensor, optical heart rate sensor, electrical heart sensor, and bioelectrical impedance analysis sensor.
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