Google Pixel Watch will be launched soon. Here’s what we know

Details about Google’s Pixel Watch are still largely a mystery, but that should change in a few weeks. Google is holding a event on october 6during which it will likely announce more information about the Pixel Watch, as well as other upcoming devices such as the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.

Google previewed the Pixel Watch during its I/O Conference in May. The company showed what the watch will look like and said it will have some health tracking features from its subsidiary Fitbit, but didn’t reveal much else. More importantly, we still don’t know how much the Pixel Watch will cost or when it will be available for purchase.

Although Google has been making software for portable devices for years, the Pixel Watch is the company’s first consumer smartwatch. This gives Google the opportunity to show off its vision for the ideal Android smartwatch, much 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.


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It will launch this fall alongside the Pixel 7

Google said in May that the Pixel Watch would officially launch this fall. Since Google is hosting an event on October 6, it’s possible the Pixel Watch will debut soon after. If so, the Pixel Watch would follow a similar launch pattern to previous Google products. The Pixel 6, for example, debuted at a October 19 eventwhile Google held a press conference September 30 to present the Pixel 5 in 2020.

The Pixel Watch has a round design with customizable bands

If there’s one thing Google was willing to share, it’s what the Pixel Watch looks like. True to the leaks, Google’s first smartwatch has a circular face with a domed design and glass that appears to curve around the edges. The watch is made from recycled stainless steel and there is a tactile crown which resembles that of the Apple Watch. Customizable straps will also be available. The watch is expected to be available in black, silver and gold, and is expected to measure 40 millimeters wide and 14 mm thick, according to 9to5Google.

Close up of Google Pixel watch with digital clock face

The round dial of the Pixel Watch.

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From what we’ve seen so far, the Pixel Watch has a striking look that seems worthy of rivaling the apple watch, Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and other high-end smartwatches. Google CEO Sundar Pichai was also spotted at Code 2022 wearing what appeared to be a Pixel watch.

Google’s Wear OS software and apps will power the watch

Unsurprisingly, Google’s new smartwatch will run on its Wear OS platform. Google hasn’t said 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 “supportable, voice-activated and viewable”. The company briefly showed how apps like Google Maps, Wallet, Home, and Google Assistant will appear on the watch during its presentation.

Rick Osterloh discusses Pixel Watch at I/O 2022

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It will integrate with Fitbit, but not replace it

Fitbit’s products aren’t going anywhere, as evidenced by the recently announced announcement Fitbit Sense2, Versa 4 and Inhale 3. But you can expect to see Fitbit Features are coming to Google Watch. These include continuous heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, and active zone minutes, which measure the time you spend in specific heart rate zones during exercise. Google also showed how you’ll be able to see Fitbit health stats like heart rate and steps right from the watch face.

What we don’t know, however, is which specific health tracking sensors will be in the Pixel Watch. But what seems clear is that the Pixel Watch will inherit more Fitbit features in the future. “It’s not over,” James Park, co-founder of Fitbit who currently leads Google’s wearables division, told CNET’s Scott Stein. “We will continue to improve the software over time.

Rick Osterloh discusses the Pixel Watch's health features

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It will be compatible with Android devices only

Since the Pixel Watch is meant to complement Google Pixel devices, it will not be compatible with the iPhone, according to a Google spokesperson. That’s probably part of the reason the Pixel Watch won’t replace Fitbit’s products, given that Fitbit’s watches and trackers work with both iOS and Android.

There will be a cellular option

Google will offer a 4G LTE option to the Pixel Watch, which will allow it to maintain a cellular connection when a phone isn’t nearby. Fitbit’s smartwatches don’t come in a cellular option, so it’s Google’s way of distinguishing the two product lines from each other.

It will have a premium price

Google has yet to announce the price of the Pixel Watch. But at a press briefing, Osterloh said the price would be that of 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 top-end Watch starts at $399 (£419, AU$629 ), while Samsung’s typically start at $250 (£249). This lines up with rumors from 9to5Google and Pricebaba, with the former reporting the cellular version could start at $399 in the US and the latter claiming 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 specs of the Pixel Watch, but 9to5Google claims to have some details on the battery, processor, and storage capacity. The Pixel Watch is said to have a 300mAh battery capacity which would last around a day on a single charge. It seems to be on par with the Apple Watch, although anecdotally I was able to get around a day and a half of the new Series 8.

The Pixel Watch is expected to run on Samsung’s Exynos 9110 chip with a co-processor and is expected to 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 find out more in the coming weeks.

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