A Google Pixel Watch has a somewhat Herculean task of resurrecting the company’s reputation in the wearable arena. Wear OS has languished in recent years in part because of the lack of a solid processor from Qualcomm to power these watches and Google’s rudderless management of the platform.
Wear OS itself has been a game-changer over the past year with visual and functional updates and the partnership announced with Samsung during Google I / O has certainly given hope to the platform, the Android laptop maker. the top performer who joined Wear OS.
Here’s a look at everything we know so far about the Pixel Watch, including the expected release date, pricing, specs, and more.
Pixel Watch: Price and availability
Most of the information available today comes from a major leak revealed by Jon prosser, which included a slated October 2021 release date, presumably alongside the Pixel 6. Prosser was quick to add caveats that it could be pushed back for a variety of reasons, but it would certainly be a perfect pairing for the re-entry of Google into the flagship telephone space.
Unfortunately, we do not yet have any official or disclosed pricing information. Based on the fit and finish of the watch, it certainly looks like this will be a premium offering, suggesting a starting price of between $ 299 and $ 399. Some rumors have suggested three variations of the Pixel Watch including one with 4G LTE connectivity, which would open it up to a wider price range.
Considering the Apple Watch SE’s starting price of $ 279 and Google’s lack of position in this market, it is expected to start at the lower end of that range. However, it’s possible that Google will consider the budget wearable realm as the location of its Fitbit offerings. Google has told Google I / O that Fitbit hardware running the new Wear OS is coming, but we don’t have specific rumors on that timeline just yet.
Pixel Watch: Design
The images we have so far are renderings created by @rendersbyian in cooperation with Jon Prosser. They are based on images and alleged marketing materials that Prosser received during the aforementioned leak. According to its sources, Google unsurprisingly opts for a rounded watch design, which is a major differentiator from the Apple Watch which seems permanently locked on its rounded rectangular shape. However, it takes a design cue from the Apple Watch with its digital crown on the right side of the watch.
The rounded design is not unique. But it manages to bring a fresh new look to that design with a bezel-less curved glass screen that meets the curved underside of the watch at the digital crown attachment point.
The body of the watch looks incredibly thin in renderings, but no measurements have been offered. This is reflected in the size of the face, the Apple Watch is currently available in 40mm or 44mm, it is not clear if there will be multiple sizes available here and if so what those sizes are.
It appears that there are two color options for the watch body, silver and black. The digital crown is then colored to match the silver model having a white center on the crown. The band shown in the renderings appears to be silicone with a clasp that locks into an internal set of ridges. This is apparently one of about 20 tape designs.
Pixel Watch: Features
Here things become much more uncertain. Rumors thus far had almost nothing to say about specific hardware features beyond design. Returning to the Prosser leak again, he speculated that it might work on a form of Google’s silicon like the Pixel 6, but he didn’t seem sure about it. That would leave the Snapdragon Wear 4100 as the only real option.
From a software perspective, this will work on Wear OS, so we can expect all of these basics. However, the next Wear OS will bring new visible tiles to the interface as well as other new features. With Google’s acquisition of Fitbit, we also expect Google to improve its fitness features. Droid life spotted a Google survey in February asking users to rate interest in a few dozen health and fitness features for wearable devices that may indicate such an update.
Of course, with the new partnership with Samsung on Wear OS, there’s a possibility that an additional update of this nature will have to wait a bit longer.
The Pixel Watch looks amazing in renders, but we definitely need more leaks to help complete the picture. Google is also facing stiff competition with the expected Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic at the Galaxy Unpacked event on August 11.
The Snapdragon 4100 that would be in the Pixel Watch was announced in June 2020, but we’re just starting to use it with smartwatches. We need time to see if it lives up to the hype after four years without any significant new processors for Wear OS. The rest will probably have to wait until we get our hands on the Pixel Watch. Google has proven with its Pixel phones that it is capable of an impressive fusion of hardware and software, but it has to prove itself when it comes to portable devices.
Finally, it should be noted that while there have been enough leaks on the Pixel Watch from reliable sources to suggest that it is definitely in development, the limited volume of leaks suggests that it might not be ready to go. released with the Pixel 6 in October.