Google Pixel Watch: Here’s everything we know so far

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We’ve been hearing about the Google Pixel Watch for years, and despite periodic leaks promising “it’ll be here soon!” we’re still waiting.

Given all we’ve heard about a Google Watch, we can assume it’s been in the works, but the major issue now is when it’ll be released.

Several sources claim that it will come in 2022, with one leak claiming that the precise debut date would be May 26.
The Google Pixel Watch, like Pixel phones, is supposed to be a showcase for Wear OS’s full capabilities — and considering that the wearable operating system’s huge update was showed off at Google IO, we believed the watch wouldn’t be far behind.

We’ll go through everything we know so far about the impending watch in the section below. Then, further down, we’ve compiled a list of features we’d want to see in the first Google Watch flagship.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The first flagship watch designed by Google
  • What will it cost? Probably a high-end cost, but no specifics yet
  • When is it out? Possibly May 2022

Google Pixel Watch release date and price

The actual release date for the anticipated Google Pixel Watch is unknown — only guesses based on leaks have been made. Insider claims to have spoken to people acquainted with the topic who say it’ll happen in 2022, and we’ve lately heard that the big day will be May 26, 2022 — maybe during Google IO 2022.

The wearable has also been detected in a carrier’s inventory system in the United States, indicating that it is being prepared for sale, making a May debut all the more plausible.

However, a tweet from famed leaker Evleaks claimed a “reliable source” indicated it will be launched alongside the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL back in 2018, and a rumor said it would arrive on October 15th, 2019 at the Pixel 4 launch — but neither occurred, and we’re still waiting.

We’re very convinced that such a watch is in the works, and the Pixel Watch might benefit from Google’s acquisition of Fitbit, which could see Fitbit’s wearable expertise applied to Google wristwatch hardware.
Even better, Google said at IO 2021 that Wear OS is integrating features from Samsung’s Tizen OS, which might hint at what the Google Watch could be like.

We’ve also heard that Google has apparently ordered processors from Samsung that can detect body motions (according to ETNews). There’s no assurance that these are for a wristwatch (they may be for a Pixel phone), but it’s a natural match. As a result, there’s a good chance that a Pixel Watch is in the works.

In terms of price, we don’t yet know how much this watch will set you back. We’d anticipate that, given that the Pixel series is typically high-end goods with flagship-level prices, but we don’t have any proof to back it up.

Google Pixel Watch design and display

Jon Prosser, a leaker, revealed a picture of the wearable with a physical crown, which was the first actual Pixel Watch design leak.
Prosser then released a series of generated photos based on the information given by a source, which might be the first full glimpses of the Pixel Watch’s alleged design. The whole video of Prosser’s reveal can be found here.

The Pixel Watch appears to be a circular wristwatch with a bezel-less display, no buttons, and a single physical crown on the right side, according to the images. The renderings also depict the proposed interface, which includes a watch face with radial time markings, giving it an analog wristwatch appearance. The applications appear to be fairly plain, implying that Google is opting for a more beautiful minimalist style.

Since then, we’ve seen what appears to be a leaked picture from Google’s marketing department, which shows what the Pixel Watch will look like. You can see it in the gallery below; the lack of a bezel and the minimalist design match the unauthorized mockups we’ve seen.
Finally, the wearable is available in gray, black, and gold colors, according to a US carrier.

Google Pixel Watch specs and features

There isn’t much information regarding the Google Pixel Watch’s specifications, however, one source claims it will feature a 5nm CPU, which is likely the same as the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4. Since then, fresh proof of a Samsung Exynos chip has surfaced, indicating that this is the case.

The wearable is also listed as having 32GB of storage in a carrier’s inventory system, implying that there will almost certainly be a cellular version, given this carrier has never marketed a non-cellular wristwatch.

In other places, plausible Pixel Watch watch faces have emerged, showing things like step counts, heart rate, and weather. One of them even has a Fitbit logo on it, implying that the Pixel Watch will include some Fitbit functions.

There’s also evidence that there will be a strong focus on fitness, thanks to Google’s acquisition of Fitbit and a survey that asked people what features they’d like to see in Wear OS, including SPO2 (oxygenation) tracking, sleep apnea detection, sleep analysis, heartbeat alerts, recovery time monitoring, stress tracking, pairing for medical devices and gym equipment, rep detection, and calorie tracking.

Of course, it’s doubtful that all of them will be added, but it does demonstrate that Google is considering health and fitness.

Another story, this one from WinFuture, claims that there are three variants of the Pixel Watch in the works. The publication has learned that Google is working on gadgets with the code names Ling, Triton, and Sardine.

It’s yet unknown what the distinctions between the gadgets will be. It’s possible that the Pixel Watch will come in three different versions. According to the same report, at least one version of the watch will include 1GB of RAM.

This claim might imply that there would be one watch with LTE and another that is more fitness-focused, but we haven’t heard any speculations about what those distinct models will be. This report is also fairly old, so it might not be applicable anymore.

A Google patent also shows a gesture control system that would allow a wristwatch to recognize motions made with your arm, wrist, or fingers.

You could, for example, create a fist to activate Google Assistant and then open it to dismiss it. These motions would be made using the arm or hand on which the watch is worn. Patents aren’t always used, so there’s no certainty this will happen.

What we want to see

Below we’ve put together a list of the things we want to see from the Google Pixel Watch.

1. Rotating crown or bezel

Before the changeover to Wear OS, Android Wear 2.0 focused heavily on how the design had been updated to work well with rotating bezels and crowns, although few watches have followed suit.

Why not put it to good use with the Google Pixel Watch? Those features may be a long way off in Google’s future as Wear OS upgrades take precedence, but we’d love to see a unique method to interact with the watch, such as a spinning crown or beze.

2. In-display fingerprint scanner

If Google is serious about putting the Pixel Watch on the map, an in-display fingerprint scanner would help a lot. Wear OS devices (including the Apple Watch) already allow you to safeguard them with a PIN number, but this isn’t the most secure kind of security available.

The secure biometric technology would blend smoothly into the wearable with an in-display fingerprint sensor, without detracting from the watch’s aesthetic attractiveness. You’d also be able to authorize transactions that exceeded the existing contactless limit (assuming the Pixel Watch comes with NFC).

However, there are a handful of possible drawbacks. To begin with, the addition of this new technology may increase the thickness of the watch – and no one likes a bulky wearable – but it will also almost certainly increase the price tag.

You can sign us up for a Pixel Watch right now if Google can overcome these two issues

3. Swimproof

We’ve come to expect smartwatches to be dust and water-resistant, but few have an IP rating high enough to secure their life when we jump into the neighborhood pool.

A truly swim-proof Google Pixel Watch would allow you to not only use it in the bath but also monitor workouts in the pool without the danger of it breaking.

4. Three day battery life

We want the Google Pixel Watch to survive as long as possible, so this is a basic one. Consider a fully functional smartwatch that doesn’t require charging after two days of heavy use.

Wear OS has an improved energy conservation mode that should offer you a lot more time with your smartwatch, but it will limit the number of functions you can use when it’s on.

Clearly, Google wants to increase the watch’s battery life, but we’d rather to see a large battery inside and well-optimized software that provides the greatest battery for a smartwatch on the market right now.

5. NFC payments

Another basic one, but many Wear OS watches lack NFC, which means you won’t be able to utilize Google Pay features on your wrist. Many people are frustrated by this, so we’re hoping Google will add an NFC chip to the watch.

This can come in if you’re out for a run and need to buy a bottle of water but forgot your wallet at home.

6. Best in class fitness

While we’re on the subject of running, the Pixel Watch should be able to compete with the Apple Watch 3’s fitness capabilities as well as high-end specialty watches like the Garmin Forerunner 935.

Imagine if Google could incorporate all of the newest tracking technology, such as precise GPS, LTE for streaming music on the move, and a top-of-the-line heart rate monitor.
We want to be able to put the Google Pixel Watch on our wrist and go for any form of workout, knowing that we’ll be precisely tracked and receive as many fitness metrics as possible.

7. High-end watch design

This is a given, but we’d want to see a watch that you don’t mind wearing on your wrist. Because not every Wear OS watch is beautiful, we hope Google will be able to offer a thinner choice than most other manufacturers, one that is made of high-quality materials and feels like a true wristwatch you’ll want to wear.

If you’re going to spend a lot of money on a new watch, you’ll want it to look good on your wrist, thus this is one of the most significant features we’d like to see on it.

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