Everything we know about Google’s first smartwatch

Google’s long-talked-about Pixel Watch is finally official, and it’s coming this fall alongside the new Pixel 7 series Phone(s. 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 went to the restaurant earlier this year. The Pixel Watch arrives after years of supposed leaks, rumours, delays and cancellations. So, without any further accumulation, let’s round up everything we know about the Google Pixel Watch in one place to see how it stacks up.

Before we get started, it’s worth mentioning that we’re also including leaks and rumors in this article in addition to the official information that’s already out there. Everything you are about to read is unofficial unless otherwise stated. We’ll be adding more details to this page as we get closer to launch day, so keep your eyes peeled.

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Google Pixel Watch: price and availability

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

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

Google has confirmed that it will launch the Pixel Watch in the fall. It makes perfect sense to bring both the watch and the new phones to market. If past events are anything to go by, then 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 for purchase in all major markets around the world. Google has a history of limiting its Pixel phones to a handful of markets, although that may change with the Pixel Watch.

Google Pixel Watch: Specifications

We haven’t heard much about the Pixel Watch in terms of specs. Google is saving those details for launch later in the fall. Some early reports suggest that the Pixel Watch could pack the Exynos 9110, a relatively old chipset, with 1.5 GB of memory and 32 GB of storage. The Exynos 9110 is built on a 10nm process, containing two Cortex-A53 cores. It’s more efficient than Qualcomm’s latest chipset for wearables, which means it could pair well with the supposed battery 300 mAh. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 4100 Plus, however, isn’t exactly a benchmark for comparison.

The Pixel Watch has 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 pack at least an Exynos W920, which should beat the Exynos 9110. This is all speculation for now, and best to reserve judgment for later. It’s worth mentioning that the FCC listing indicates that 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 port on the other end of the cable. As for the battery life, it is similar to the Pixel Watch will have all-day battery life. This is an estimate that Google would have made internally, although it remains to be seen whether or not it takes into account an always-on display and a sleep tracking function.

Google didn’t tell us much about the Watch during the I/O 2022 keynote. That’s probably for the best as the Watch itself won’t ship until the fall. We’ll update this section with a fully fleshed out spec chart once we have enough information to fill it out.

Google Pixel watch: design

Google already gave us our first official look at its next smartwatch during the I/O 2022 keynote, leaving nothing to the design to our imagination. There were also plenty of leaks leading up to the keynote, so it’s safe to assume we have a pretty good idea of ​​what the Pixel Watch looks like. It has a circular face that almost seems to float above the bands. Google calls it a “domed” design on its website. You can also see a button on the right side of the device with the crown to navigate the user interface.

In terms of color options, we’ve seen models so far with black, gray and gold casings with black, gray and lime green colored stripes. Google hasn’t revealed whether it uses aluminum or steel, but we can see both options. We suspect the Pixel Watch also uses proprietary bands, which means you might not be able to use standard watch bands. The bands we have in renders so far appear to be using high-quality rubber, but we expect Google to actively release new ones for the watch.

As you can probably tell, the watch’s round display appears to have large bezels. You can only see them in some renders, because Google has done a pretty good job of hiding them by using a clock face with a dark background in almost all of its press renders. Here is a GIF image in which you can evaluate the size of these glasses. Google didn’t tell us the screen size, or 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 is likely to have smooth animations and support a smarter way to interact with incoming notifications. Notably, the Pixel Watch will also have support for Google Assistant with which you can do things with your voice. It remains to be seen how useful Google Assistant will be. An LTE-enabled version of the Pixel Watch was also shown running Google Maps on stage during the keynote. We expect many similar features to take advantage of the LTE connection to help you better manage things when you’re on the go without your phone.

A person using Google Maps on a Pixel watch

Many Wear OS features supported by Pixel Watch are still under wraps, but we hope to hear more about them in the coming weeks and months before the official release. We invite you to consult our Wear OS 3 review to learn more about the features in detail, though the Pixel Watch experience might be quite different from Samsung’s approach to the Galaxy Watch 4 series.

Google’s Pixel Watch should also have a strong footing in the health and fitness department. We don’t know much about the sensors in play here, but Google says this will be a great wearable for fitness tracking. This could be the watch that brings Fitbit’s cutting-edge tracking features to the mainstream market. We will also see the new Health Connection API playing a huge role in creating a vast ecosystem of products that work in tandem to deliver rich experiences.

Google Pixel Watch: Wishlist

We’ve heard of Google’s first smartwatch since it rebranded Android Wear to Wear OS, so it’s safe to say our expectations are set. Here’s our Google Pixel Watch wishlist:

Long battery life

This one is definitely at the top of our Pixel Watch wishlist 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 perhaps even better. Being able to use the watch for more than a day with all the useful features would be great. We doubt the supposed 300mAh battery will be enough to pull it off though. Continuing on the battery topic, it would also be nice to have support for a universal charging method. We hope it uses Qi wireless charging and is also compatible with the Pixel Stand Accessory.

Assistant voice input

Google has confirmed that the Pixel Watch will get the Google Assistant when released later this year. More than that, we want to see the Assistant voice input feature on the Pixel Watch. Voice dictation is better and smarter than ever on the Pixel 6 and it works flawlessly. Having this killer feature would make the Pixel Watch much better at responding to messages and emails without having to reach for the phone. This could very well be the main reason many would buy the watch.

Large onboard storage

If you like to download music, podcasts, and lots of apps to your watch, you’ll probably need more storage than an average user. The Pixel Watch will likely have 32GB of built-in storage, which we think should be enough for all your needs. That’s more than the Galaxy Watch 4’s 16GB of built-in storage and we think that should be enough to store large playlists of high-quality content, as well as other apps.

Removed Pixel functionality for the watch

There’s no doubt that the Pixel Watch will have a ton of awesome features at launch. But we won’t object to the idea of ​​getting feature removals for the Pixel Watch, like Pixel phones. Regular OTA updates with new features will definitely make the Pixel Watch better than the barrage of wearables. That might sound like wishful thinking given that this is Google’s first smartwatch, but the company also seems to have taken its time in bringing this watch to market.

Google Pixel Watch “sports edition”?

The Pixel Watch is likely to have plenty of fitness tracking features. This is where we’d expect Google to turn to 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 strap design and more tracking features.

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

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