Apart from all the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL leaks, a slew of rumors also indicated a whole new bunch of Pixel accessories from Google; it includes Pixel buds, Wireless Charging Dock, and a Pixel Watch.
While the first two appear to be finalized for the massive October 9th event in New York, the latter won’t be seeing the light of the day. In an interview with Tom’s Guide, Google confirmed that it has no plans whatsoever to release its own smartwatch this year.
“To think of a one-size-fits-all watch, I don’t think we’re there yet,” says Miles Barr, Google’s director of engineering for Wear OS.
The contrary reports starting flooding in when Evan Blass first tweeted about Pixel Watch, back in May. Going by the flawless leak record of VentureBeat reporter, it looks to me that device might have been in development at first, but Google eventually scrapped the project in the end.
Barr also said, “Our focus is on our partners for now.” This mean Google is more focused on improving its Wear OS and its implementation on 3rd party smartwatch makers. Not to mention, new smartwatches were announced at IFA 2018 from Skagen, Casio, Diesel, etc., which are powered by Google Wear OS.
Surprisingly, this comes just after Google blog post about the revamped design in Wear OS. The new design includes quicker access to notifications, more personalized help from Google Assistant, and improved health coaching.