A smartwatch from Google seems like a no brainer considering so many Apple Watch rivals on the market run on the firm’s WatchOS software. Here we take a look at the possible Pixel Watch release date and specs.
Google has seen some success with its Pixel smartphones and also makes various other pieces of technology such as the Nest Hub 2 smart display and Pixelbook Go laptop.
So why has Google never made its own smartwatch? It’s a great question with no simple answer but we hope the Pixel Watch does arrive, even if it has been a long time coming.
When is the Pixel Watch release date?
A bit like the OnePlus Watch, which is finally a reality, it feels like we’ve been waiting forever for Google to release an own-brand smartwatch.
It was way back in 2018 when it was confirmed Google was definitely working on a Pixel Watch but in an interview with Tom’s Guide, Google’s director of engineering for Wear OS. Miles Barr, said it wasn’t quite ready for primetime just yet.
Barr told the site: “To think of a one-size-fits-all watch, I don’t think we’re there yet. Our focus is on our partners for now.”
That clearly went further than the back burner but new leaks for the Pixel Watch suggest it might be on its way soon.
Jon Prosser might normally do Apple leaks but has shared an image of the supposed Pixel Watch showing an extreme closeup of the watch face with a physical crown in the background.
— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser)
April 8, 2021
Since this leak, Prosser has posted a fairly big leak of the Pixel Watch (see below) – codenamed ‘rohan’ internally – and has said it’s expected to arrive “sometime in October” but it may be pushed back.
If it doesn’t get delayed then we expect it to arrive with the Pixel 6. Sadly, it looks like the Pixel 5a is cancelled everywhere apart from US and Japan due to a chip shortage.
Pixel Watch specification rumours
Things have been quiet on the specs front considering Google has always been so far away from a release.
Previous rumours included murmurings of three different models, 1GB of RAM and support for 4G LTE on one of the editions.
Although Prosser doesn’t have details on the specs, he’s put out some renders based on images sent to him who didn’t want the content to be posted. However, the renders by Ian Zelbo based on said pictures – which Prosser said are some of the best he’s ever seen – show the possible Pixel Watch design and also hint at some specs.
It really does look stunning with a completely round screen (no flat tyre section like some) which appears to have a minimal bezel with marketing material describing it as “round bezel-less, bringing unity to software and hardware”.
We can also see the digital crown and on the opposite side what looks like a small hole for a microphone and a slit, perhaps for a speaker. While it looks incredibly thin, Zelbo replied to a comment on Twitter saying “It looks to be the same thickness as the Apple Watch but the angles I chose make it thinner than it is (like all marketing material).”
The images also appear to show a proprietary strap system that slides in and out from the side similar to the Apple Watch and a silicone strap with ridges on the inside to allow a sort of locking system. The source says there will be around 20 different bands.
Prosser says that it’s often just the hardware that’s real but here the software is also based on the real thing with “WearOS getting a facelift” so that watch face is an official one. The official marketing contains things like “Your world at a glance”, “Your health at a glance” and “Your agenda at a glance”.
We don’t get to see the back of the Pixel Watch but it will have a heart rate monitor and presumably wireless charging like rivals.
We’ll have to wait for some specs like screen size, resolution and what connectivity the Pixel Watch will have but Prosser says “it might be fair to assume that this might be part of Google’s in house silicon”, referring to the software and hardware unity mentioned earlier.
You can see the full video with animated renders here:
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