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Wearable technology was a major focus of Google 1/O 2021, and this year’s conference looks set to follow in its footsteps. Google I/O 2022 is scheduled for tomorrow, May 11, and several rumours, reports and leaks point to the search giant’s first smartwatch – likely to be named the pixel clock – could finally make his debut. The company is also expected to release updates to its Wear OS smartwatch software, which it overhauled in collaboration with Samsung last year.

Only Google knows what to expect annual conference. But the company typically uses its opening keynote as an opportunity to preview developments in its key products. This usually includes platforms like Android and Wear OS and apps such as google photosMaps and Search.

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What to expect at Google I/O 2022


Aside from announcing updates, Google’s keynote usually says a lot about its overall approach and vision. We’ll likely get a glimpse of how Google plans to differentiate its devices and services from the likes of Apple, Samsung, and Amazon. If the rumors are true, the company’s stance on smartwatches could be a big part of this year’s event. A Pixel Watch announcement would be more than a new product; it would tell us what Google sees as the ideal Android smartwatch experience.

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Here’s what we’re expecting from Google in terms of smartwatches and wearable technology at I/O 2022.

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The Pixel Watch could arrive

There’s a chance that Google will finally unveil its first consumer smartwatch. Google hasn’t said a word about plans to release its own watch, but it might be the company’s worst-kept secret. Reports from insider and tech YouTube personality Jon Prosser, and recent leaks claiming to show photos of the watch, suggest a Pixel Watch is indeed coming.

Google I/O seems like an ideal time for such an announcement. However, we may not get the full story at I/O. Prosser suggests Google will tease the watch at its conference rather than reveal full details. Instead, the company could launch the Pixel Watch alongside the Pixel 7 in the fall, Prosser says.

Google took a similar step with the Pixel 6 last year. It announced certain tidbits over the phone in August but saved the full reveal for itself Release in October.

What do we know about the Pixel Watch so far? Everything, but also nothing, it seems. Reddit user “tagtech414” shared photos to Android Central and on Reddit that claim to show the watch itself. Both sets of images match previous rumors and renders that suggest it will have a round design.

We’re also expecting Fitbit to be integrated with the Pixel Watch in some way, although we won’t know for sure until the watch becomes official. Fitbit also previously said it’s working on its own high-end Wear OS watch, but it’s unclear if that Fitbit watch and the Pixel Watch are the same device. Pricing is another conundrum.

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Wear OS updates

Google is also likely to provide general updates to Wear OS, the software it provides for smartwatches from Fossil, Samsung and other companies. Google announced a new version of Wear OS during last year’s I/O that offers better integration with the company’s apps and smoother performance, among other improvements. According to Counterpoint Research, the software was developed in cooperation with Samsung, the second largest smartwatch manufacturer in the world by market share.

But so far we’ve only seen the software Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4, which still relies heavily on Samsung’s own apps and services. It doesn’t feel very Google-like, so it’s hard to tell how much of a difference the updated software makes. Google Assistant is coming to the Watch 4 in a future updatealthough a firm date has not been announced.

Wear OS should also come Fossil wearables and Mobvois TicWatch devices Mid 2022. Fossil tweeted March that the update would arrive mid to second half of the year for eligible watches, but we’ve yet to hear more details. A Google spokesperson said the company is working on bringing Wear OS 3 to more devices this year, but has nothing to say about its partner roadmap at this time. As we near mid-year, hopefully we’ll learn more about the timing and availability at I/O.

It’s possible that Google could announce the Wear OS Fitbit watch we’ve heard about, but Fitbit product announcements usually happen closer to fall. Google could also now unveil new features and other improvements for Wear OS almost a whole year since the software was unveiled.

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Google’s plans for Fitbit

Perhaps the biggest question is whether we’ll learn more about how Google intends to integrate Fitbit with its Wear OS platform. Fitbit, like my colleague Scott Stein, plans to release a version of its app for Wear OS reported last year, although the timing is unclear. A Google spokesperson said it’s working on bringing the Fitbit experience to Wear OS this year and will share more details closer to launch.

More than a year has passed since then Google’s acquisition of Fitbit complete; It’s possible we’ll learn more about how the two brands plan to work together. There are already some references to this in certain Google products. For example, the second-gen Nest Hub’s sleep-tracking capabilities will require a Fitbit Premium subscription in 2023. However, Google and Fitbit still offer two distinctly different experiences, so it’ll be interesting to see how they ultimately combine.

Google has made a name for itself in smartphones and laptops thanks to its Pixel brand, but has yet to expand into smartwatches. While advertising stays most of Google’s businessthe company has made efforts in recent years to compete with Apple and Samsung as the leading maker of consumer tech gadgets. It even opened itss first stationary retail store last year.

The Fitbit acquisition was a big step in expanding Google’s presence in the wearables market, but Apple and Samsung are still leaders in the industry. According to Counterpoint Research, Apple accounted for 30.1% of the global smartwatch market in 2021, while Samsung took second place with 10.2%. Depending on what Google announces at I/O, we could learn more about how the company plans to change that.

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