There’s no denying the fact that Wear OS-powered smartwatches, for the most part, have always disappointed us. Still, as technology progressed with efficient Wear chipsets like the Snapdragon Wear 4100/+ and Exynos W920, Wear OS smartwatches became better.
There was a rumor that Google might launch the Pixel Watch, but we didn’t hear anything about it until recently revealed a codename (Rohan) for the watch. Company executives have told employees that “they plan to launch a watch next year.”
Pixel Watch Rumors: Finally, A Good Wear OS Experience?
There are plenty of reasons to be excited about the Pixel Watch. When Google launched Wear OS 3.0 this year, the giant partnered with Samsung to bring the first Wear OS-powered Galaxy Watch, the Galaxy Watch4.
However, one of the caveats (subjective matter) of the Watch4 is that it runs Tizen UI, which is not close to the Wear OS 3.0 UI pictures that Google showed us during the announcement. The Watch4, for the most part, also feels like it was made with Samsung users in mind, as you miss out on a couple of features if you don’t have a Samsung smartphone.
However, the Pixel Watch should be different and probably won’t differentiate based on what Android phone you own. Some renders that came out a while ago showed almost no bezels across the screen, but don’t be too optimistic about the watch having the same design as in the renders.
GSMArena reports that the Pixel Watch won’t be a Fitbit device, although Fitbit said it would eventually step into making Wear OS smartwatches. But we hope to see some competition from the popular sides as that’d immensely help capture good market share. The move would also eventually force other manufacturers to manufacture Wear OS devices.
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According to a Google employee, the watch will have proprietary bands, heart rate, and step counting features. I bet you didn’t expect that.
There’s no word on pricing yet, but considering most of the premium Fitbit smartwatches fall under the sub $350 segment, we expect Google to price the Pixel Watch at around the same ballpark.
What are your thoughts about the Pixel Watch? Have you ever used a Wear OS smartwatch? Let us know your views and opinions in the comments section below.