The Android wearable market (Wear OS) has had its share of problems; hence the market never really took off. However, with the launch of Wear OS 3.0, Google partnered with Samsung to launch the Galaxy Watch4 with the same, and it turned out to be one of the best decisions to save Wear OS. Thanks to the Watch4, Wear OS’s market share also jumped from a measly 4% in Q2 2021 to a pretty considerable 17% in Q3 2021.
We’ve been hearing rumors about Google launching a smartwatch for over two years now. A lot of details about the same have recently been leaked, suggesting the giant might finally launch the Pixel Watch very soon. In this article, let’s look at everything we know about the Pixel Watch.
Google Pixel Watch: Specifications, launch date, and more
According to a report from 9to5Google, the Pixel Watch may boast a battery that might only last for an entire day. Other rumors cited that the watch will arrive with a 300mAh cell and LTE connectivity.
In contrast, the Galaxy Watch4 44mm variant comes with a 361mAh cell, which, in our testing, also lasted for a day and a half with the always-on display option enabled. However, there are a lot of factors that influence the battery life of a smartwatch, and the report doesn’t explicitly mention the parameters by which the “one-day” claim was accomplished. Hence, we’ll have to wait for the official launch.
Nine, high-quality images of the Pixel Watch were leaked a day after this article went online, giving us a good first look at the proprietary straps and its overall design, and the images suggest that most of the rumors were true.
The person who supplied the images to Android Central posted another image on r/Google subreddit to confirm that he really has the device. The source told Android Central that the watch could be a testing model for the internal Pixel team and was found at a restaurant.
In the above image, we can also see two buttons on either side of the rotating crown and a microphone. The overall footprint of the device looks smaller, and we’re not sure if that’s because of the image’s angle.
The code name of the Pixel watch, “Rohan,” was leaked last week and was soon followed by the actual image of the body of the watch, all thanks to one of the most popular leakers, Evan Blass. The display is bezel-less, there’s a digital crown, and the watch looks unlike any smartwatch released to date.
Unfortunately, we do not have any details about the watch’s specifications right now, but keep an eye on the article as we regularly update it.
Some speculations suggest that the Pixel Watch will run on Samsung’s Exynos platform, a modified 5nm Exynos W920 with a different name. Others have suggested that it will be powered by Qualcomm’s upcoming Wear 5100 or 5100+ as the chip giant was recently found testing the platforms.
Android Police says the watch could come in three colors and 32GB of internal memory for storage. Google has also filed a trademark for the watch, and surprise! It will be called the “Pixel Watch.”
Vanilla Wear OS 3.0 experience
In our Galaxy Watch4 review, we noted that the Wear OS 3.0 powering the watch was a heavily skinned version with Samsung’s Tizen-like UI, which makes sense as Samsung is trying to tie the watch to its ecosystem. However, the Pixel Watch will run vanilla Wear OS 3.0, which looked great the last time we saw it in action in Google I/O 2021.
The Pixel Watch could also become the first Wear OS smartwatch to ship with the new, completely revamped Google Assistant. The same was also teased by Samsung recently, and it’s also “coming soon” to the Galaxy Watch4. Perhaps, Samsung’s waiting because Google wants to showcase it first?
Google Pixel Watch launch date and price
We do not have an official launch date from Google. However, rumors suggest that Google will “tease” the Pixel watch in Google I/O 22, after launching the Pixel 6a. There’s also no word on the pricing yet, but considering the Watch4 came out for $279, we expect the Pixel Watch to be priced close to that, somewhere around the $300 mark.
So, that’s everything we know about the Pixel Watch. Have you ever tried Google’s Wear OS platform? Will you be buying the Pixel Watch, or will you wait for the upcoming Galaxy Watch5? Let us know in the comments section below.