Google Pixel Watch: Everything we know so far about Google’s first smartwatch – XDA Developers | Hot Mobile Press

Google’s long-rumored Pixel Watch is finally official, coming alongside the new Pixel 7 series phones this fall. The company unveiled the Pixel Watch during the I/O Developer Keynote on May 11, giving us our first official look at the watch that someone left at a restaurant earlier this year. The Pixel Watch comes after years of supposed leaks, rumours, delays and cancellations. So without further development, let’s put everything we know about the Google Pixel Watch in one place to see how it’s shaping up.

Before we start, it’s worth noting that in addition to the official information that already exists, we also include leaks and rumors in this article. Not everything you will read is official unless otherwise stated. We’ll be adding more details to this page over time as launch day approaches, so keep an eye out.

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Google Pixel Watch pricing and availability

Word on the street is that the Pixel Watch could be in the $300-$400 range. That would put it in the same league as some other popular smartwatches out there, including the Apple Watch Series 7, Galaxy Watch 4, and more. There’s no official confirmation on this yet, so we’ll have to wait for the announcement to see if that will be the case. Google also seems to be cooking up three Pixel Watch models with different connectivity options. According to the FCC website, one of the models will offer Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, while the others also have LTE support.

A person wearing the Pixel Watch on their left hand while holding a Pixel with both hands

Google has confirmed it will launch the Pixel Watch in the fall. Launching the watch and the new phones together makes perfect sense. If past events are anything, we’d guess the Pixel Watch will launch alongside the Pixel 7 family in October. We’ll see if the Pixel Watch will be available in all major markets around the world. Google has a habit of limiting its Pixel phones to just a handful of markets, although that could change with the Pixel Watch.

Google Pixel Watch: Specifications

In terms of specs, we haven’t heard much about the Pixel Watch. Google is storing these details for launch later in the fall. Some early reports suggest that the Pixel Watch could feature the Exynos 9110, a relatively old chipset, along with 1.5GB of storage and 32GB of storage. The Exynos 9110 is based on a 10 nm process and contains two Cortex-A53 cores. It’s more efficient than Qualcomm’s latest chipset for wearables, meaning it pairs well with the claimed 300mAh battery. However, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 4100 Plus isn’t exactly a benchmark for comparison.

The Pixel Watch has got to be better than Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 or even the rumored Galaxy Watch 5, which is expected to launch sometime before Google’s offering. The Galaxy Watch 5 is said to feature at least one Exynos W920, which will likely beat the Exynos 9110. All of this is just speculation for now, and it’s best to leave our judgments for later. It’s worth noting that the FCC listing says the Pixel Watch will have a USB-C charging cable. It’s said to come with the same magnetic charging puck we’ve seen on the Galaxy Watch 4 and other watches, with a USB-C connector on the other end of the cable. As for battery life, it looks like the Pixel Watch will have a day’s worth of battery life. It’s an estimate Google is said to have made internally, although whether or not it accounts for an always-on display and sleep tracking feature remains to be seen.

Google didn’t tell us much about the watch during the I/O 2022 keynote. It’s probably for the best because the watch itself won’t ship until fall. We will update this section with a fully fleshed out specification table once we have enough information to populate it.

Google Pixel Watch: Design

Google already gave us a first official look at its upcoming smartwatch during the keynote for I/O 2022 and left nothing to our imaginations about the design. There were also numerous leaks leading up to the keynote, so it’s safe to assume we have a very good idea of ​​what the Pixel Watch looks like. It has a round face that almost looks like it’s floating above the ties. Google calls it a “domed” design on their website. You can also see a button on the right side of the device along with the crown to navigate the interface.

In terms of color options, so far we’ve seen models with black, gray, and gold cases with black, gray, and lime green color bands. Google hasn’t revealed whether it uses aluminum or steel, but we may see both options. We suspect the Pixel Watch also uses proprietary straps, meaning you might not be able to use stock straps. The bands we have in the renders so far appear to use premium rubber material, but we expect Google to be actively releasing new ones for the watch.

As you can probably tell, the watch’s circular display appears to have large bezels. You can only see them in some renders as Google has masked them pretty well by using a dark background watch face in almost all of their press renders. Here’s a GIF image where you can measure the size of these bezels. Google didn’t tell us anything about the size of the display, nor about the different sizes of the Pixel Watch.

Google Pixel Watch: software

According to Google’s Rick Osterloh, the Pixel Watch will come with an improved user interface. It probably has smooth animations and supports a smarter way to interact with incoming notifications. Notably, the Pixel Watch will also support Google Assistant, allowing you to get things done with your voice. It remains to be seen how helpful Google Assistant will be. An LTE-enabled version of the Pixel Watch with Google Maps was also shown on stage during the keynote. We expect many similar features to take advantage of the LTE connection to help you manage things better when you’re out and about without your phone.

A person using Google Maps on a Pixel Watch

Many of the Wear OS features supported by the Pixel Watch are still under wraps, but we expect to hear more about them in the coming weeks and months leading up to the official release. We recommend checking out our Wear OS 3 review to learn more about the features in detail, although the Pixel Watch experience could be quite different from Samsung’s approach with the Galaxy Watch 4 series.

Google’s Pixel Watch is also said to have a strong foothold in the health and fitness department. We don’t know much about the sensors at play here, but Google says this will be a great wearable for fitness tracking. This could be the watch that brings Fitbit’s top-notch tracking capabilities to the mainstream market. We’ll also see how the new Health Connect API plays a big role in creating a massive ecosystem of products that work together to provide rich experiences.

Google Pixel Watch wish list

We’ve heard about Google’s first smartwatch since it rebranded Android Wear to Wear OS, so we can safely say our expectations are met. Here’s our wish list for the Google Pixel Watch:

Long-lasting battery

This one is high on our Pixel Watch wish list for obvious reasons. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, for example, can last more than a day on a single charge. We expect the Pixel Watch to offer something along these lines, or possibly even better. It would be great to be able to use the watch for more than a day with all the useful features. However, we doubt that the claimed 300mAh battery will be enough to pull it off. Speaking of the battery: Support for a universal charging process would also be nice. We’re hoping it uses Qi wireless charging and is also compatible with Pixel Stand accessories.

voice input assistant

Google has confirmed that the Pixel Watch will get the Google Assistant when it comes out later this year. Additionally, we’d like to see Assistant’s voice input feature on the Pixel Watch. Voice dictation is better – and smarter – than ever on the Pixel 6 and works flawlessly. With this killer feature, the Pixel Watch could be much more responsive to messages and emails without having to reach the phone. It could very well be the main reason why many would buy the watch.

Extensive onboard storage

If you love downloading music, podcasts, and lots of apps onto your watch, you probably need more storage space than the average user. The Pixel Watch will likely have 32GB of internal storage, which we think should be enough for all your needs. It’s higher than the Galaxy Watch 4’s 16GB of onboard storage and we think it should be enough to store large playlists with high-quality content and other apps as well.

Pixel feature drops for the Watch

There’s no doubt that the Pixel Watch will have a ton of great features at launch. But we’re not going to oppose the idea of ​​getting feature drops for the Pixel Watch like the Pixel phones do. Regular OTA updates with new features will surely make the Pixel Watch better than the glut of wearables out there. It might sound like wishful thinking considering this is Google’s first smartwatch, but the company also seems to have taken the time to launch this watch.

Google Pixel Watch “Sports Edition”?

The Pixel Watch is likely to have a lot of fitness tracking capabilities. This is where we expect Google to draw on Fitbit’s expertise to deliver a quality, health and fitness-focused smartwatch. But how about a dedicated sports watch for fitness enthusiasts? Maybe a variant with a different band design and more tracking capabilities.

Well, that brings us to the end of our wish list and this article for now. As previously mentioned, we will continue to update this page with new information as it becomes available to us. In the meantime, be sure to let us know what you’re most excited about in the upcoming Pixel Watch. Also, drop a line in the comments below if you have an interesting addition to the Pixel Watch wish list.

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