There’s still so much we don’t knowbut that probably won’t be the case for much longer. We look forward to a closer look at Google’s first smartwatch during the where it is also likely to debut the .
Google showed a preview of the Pixel Watch on itsIn May, the company showed what the watch will look like and said it will have certain health-tracking features from its subsidiary Fitbit, but didn’t reveal much else. Most importantly, we still don’t know how much the Pixel Watch will cost or when it will be available for purchase.
Although Google has created software for wearables for years, theIt is the company’s first consumer smartwatch. It gives Google a chance to showcase its vision of the ideal Android smartwatch, just like its Pixel phones have done for Android phones.
Here’s everything we know about the Pixel Watch so far ahead of Google’s next event.
It will launch this case together with the Pixel 7
Google said in May that the Pixel Watch will formally launch this case. Since Google is hosting an event on October 1. 6, there is a possibility that the Pixel Watch will launch soon after. If so, the Pixel Watch would follow a similar release pattern to previous Google products. The Pixel 6, for example, debuted in awhile Google held a press conference to introduce the Pixel 5 in 2020.
The Pixel Watch has a round design with customizable straps
If there’s one thing Google was willing to share, it’s the look of the Pixel Watch. True to the leaks, Google’s first smartwatch has a circular face with a domed design and glass that appears curved at the edges. The watch is made from recycled stainless steel and has a touch crown that resembles the one on the Apple Watch. Customizable straps will also be available. The watch is expected to come in black, silver, and gold color options, and is said to measure 40 millimeters wide and 14mm thick, according to 9to5Google.
Based on what we’ve seen so far, the Pixel Watch has a striking look that seems fit to rival the, and other high-end smart watches. Google CEO Sundar Pichai was also spotted at the Code 2022 conference .
On September 22, a few days before Google’s October 1. 6, the company posted a video on YouTubeIn the video, we take a closer look at the rotating crown located on the side of the watch, how the Pixel Watch bands fit on your body, and what the device’s watch faces will look like.
Google’s Wear OS software and apps will power the watch
Unsurprisingly, Google’s new smartwatch will run on its Wear OS platform. Google didn’t say much about the watch’s software features, other than calling it “smooth” and “easy to navigate.” Rick Osterloh, Google’s senior vice president of devices and services, described the operating system as “touchable, voice-enabled, and visible.” The company briefly demonstrated how apps like Google Maps, Wallet, Home and Google Assistant will appear on the watch during its presentation.
Will integrate with Fitbit, but won’t replace it
Fitbit’s products aren’t going anywhere, as evidenced by the recently announced, other . But you can expect to see some relatives arrive on Google watch. These include continuous heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, and active zone minutes, which measures the amount of time you spend in specific heart rate zones during exercise. Google also showed how you’ll be able to view Fitbit health stats like heart rate and steps right from the watch face.
What we don’t know, however, is what specific health tracking sensors will be on the Pixel Watch. But what seems clear is that the Pixel Watch will inherit more features from Fitbit in the future. “This isn’t one and done,” James Park, a Fitbit co-founder who currently runs Google’s wearables division,. “We will continue to improve the software over time.
It will be compatible only with Android devices.
Since the Pixel Watch is meant to complement, will not be compatible with iPhone, according to a Google spokesperson. That’s likely part of the reason the Pixel Watch won’t replace Fitbit products, considering Fitbit’s watches and trackers work with both iOS and Android.
There will be a cellular option
Google will offer a 4G LTE option on the Pixel Watch, which will allow you to maintain a cellular connection when a phone isn’t nearby. Fitbit’s smartwatches don’t come in a cellular-enabled option, so that’s one way Google could distinguish the two product lines from one another.
It will have a premium price
Google has not yet said how much the Pixel Watch will cost. But at a news conference, Osterloh said it would be priced at a premium product. It’s unclear what that means, but it looks like it could be competitive with the Apple Watch Series 8 and Samsung Galaxy Watch 4. Apple’s high-end Watch starts at $399 (£419, AU$629), while Samsung usually starts at $250 (£249). That lines up with rumors of 9to5Google other pricebabathe first reports that the cellular version could start at $399 in the US and the second says that the Wi-Fi-only version could cost between €250 and €350 in Europe.
Battery, processor and other specifications
Google hasn’t revealed much about the Pixel Watch specs, but 9to5Google it claims to have some details about the battery, processor and storage capacity. The Pixel Watch will reportedly have a 300mAh battery capacity that lasts about a day on a single charge. It looks like it could be on par with the Apple Watch, although anecdotally I’ve been able to get about a day and a half out of the new Series 8.
The Pixel Watch is expected to be powered by Samsung’s Exynos 9110 chip along with a coprocessor and should have 1.5GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, according to 9to5Google. To put that into perspective, the average phone typically has around 8GB of RAM. The Apple Watch also has 32GB of storage, so it looks like the Pixel Watch will have the same.
There’s still a lot we don’t know about the Pixel Watch, but we hope to learn more in the coming weeks.