Google hasn’t had much success with Wear OS yet, and the blame is largely on itself for neglecting the platform for years and not releasing any meaningful updates. However, since Wear OS merged with Tizen last year, the platform has started making a comeback. To make this transition work, Wear OS needs a hero hardware. This year, the Big G is rumored to be launching the Pixel Watch to fill those shoes. Below is everything the rumors of Google’s upcoming wearable phone have told us 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 think it will be designed to bring out the full power of Wear OS 3. The leak refers to the wearable that features a circular display with a bezel-less design. It will have a circular knob on the right that can help you navigate through the user interface and scroll through long lists. It appears that Google plans to offer the watch with different colored watch straps, including orange, yellow and white. Prosser’s track record is mixed, so it’s best to take these leaked offerings with a grain of salt.
There is no information on the screen size, and current leaks indicate that Google intends to offer the smartwatch in only one size. Some images in the Wear OS 3 emulator reveal ten unique watch faces that are likely to be shown on the Pixel Watch, including one with Fitbit data integration on the watch face.
Another leak from the carrier’s database reveals that the Pixel Watch will have 32GB of internal storage, double that of the Samsung Galaxy Watch4. It also indicates that the watch will be sold in three colors: grey, black and gold. In addition, it appears that Google is planning to offer a cellular version of the watch.
Google Pixel Watch: Health tracking and Fitbit integration
Like other smartwatches on the market, the Pixel Watch should pack an array of health-related sensors, including a gyroscope, accelerometer, and heart rate monitor. The wearable can provide a fitness tracking experience similar to other Wear OS smartwatches on the market; However, it is unclear whether or not it will measure advanced measures such as blood oxygen levels.
Google is said to be working on Fitbit integration with Wear OS 3, which should be released alongside the Pixel Watch. This means that the Pixel Watch and other supposed Wear OS 3 watch users will be able to sync their fitness data with Fitbit and compete with friends. The integration will be more useful than relying on Google Fit, because it does not analyze the data collected in the same way as Fitbit. Google hasn’t done much with its Fitbit acquisition yet, and the Pixel Watch could be a good launch pad for that integration.
Google Pixel Watch: Google Assistant for Wear OS
Right now, the Samsung Galaxy Watch4 is the only smartwatch on the market that runs Wear OS 3. However, it’s more of a Samsung wearable than Google, and it’s also missing Google Assistant. The company could roll out its own 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 make its way to all Wear OS 3 devices, but Google could keep some features exclusive to its smartwatch.
Google Pixel Watch: chipset and battery life
A Tensor-branded chip is said to power the Pixel Watch. It will be based on the Exynos 5nm chip currently inside 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’ll obviously provide enough juice to last you all day. That should come as no surprise since that’s the playing field for most Wear OS watches. Most worrying, however, is that there will apparently be no support for fast charging, so charging the battery will take a long time.
Google Pixel Watch: Price and Release Date
There have been conflicting reports about the Pixel Watch’s release date. The wearable could be unveiled in May during I/O 2022 or alongside the Pixel 6a in June. Recent tweets from Jon Prosser suggest it will launch alongside the Pixel 7 series in the fall, and it can’t be completely ruled out – Google may tease its upcoming smartwatch at I/O. Given the conflicting information, it’s hard to be sure 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 that the Galaxy Watch4 carried at launch, although the LTE or 5G variants may cost more. Given Google’s recent habit of only launching its Pixel products in a few markets, don’t expect the watch to be available in all major markets around the world.
Google has built a solid foundation for the return of Wear OS by integrating it with Tizen. The platform now needs a hero device to display its full potential to make it work, so it’s important that the Pixel Watch delivers on all the key aspects. This is something only time will tell.
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