The long-awaited Google Pixel Watch with Wear OS finally appeared (8) during the Google I/O event. The manufacturer’s smartwatch will only hit the market between September and December 2022 . It has been presented with a minimalistic, round design, and will come with three color options. Its price has not been revealed, but we already know its key software features.
A Google smartwatch has been a long – awaited product since 2018 . Over the years, several leaks have emerged. In April of this year, the biggest leak so far occurred, when an alleged Pixel Watch was forgotten in a restaurant and the images leaked over the internet. Now, the watch has finally been announced for Spring 2022.
Integration with Fitbit and Wear OS 3 “improved”
As suspected, the Pixel Watch has a circular design, domed screen, a “tactile” side and a single button . The gadget will arrive with three color options: black, silver and gold. The bracelets will have even more versions, such as white, green, gray and others. The smartwatch’s frame is made from recycled stainless steel and it will arrive with the “improved” Wear OS 3 operating system and “updated interface”.
Among the novelties presented during the Google event are the promises of faster, fluid navigation and smart notifications . In terms of software , the manufacturer said that the Pixel Watch will have all the native Google apps we’ve come to expect, but it will also bring integration with Fitbit .
This means that the gadget will have basic apps like Google Maps and Google Assistant, but also new apps for Wear OS , like Google Wallet (with payments via NFC) and Google Home. Another feature that comes to the mobile operating system is the emergency SOS, which allows the user to contact a friend or family member, in addition to calling the emergency services.
Integration with Fitbit brings health monitoring features . That is, you will be able to view information about heart rate, sleep tracking and minutes of activity of your day.
During the event, Rick Osterloh, Senior Vice President of Devices and Services at Google, stated that this integration goes beyond personalization and will be part of “the entire experience” of the Pixel Watch. Users will be able to sync their data with a Fitbit account , for example, so they can view it in any Fitbit app and on the web.
What else do we know about the Pixel Watch?
No further details were given about the Pixel Watch during Google I/O. Some rumors indicate that its battery will be particularly powerful compared to competitors, possibly 300 mAh, according to 9to5Google , allowing around 40 hours of use.
The Pixel Watch will also bring smartphone connectivity , but it was unclear whether this integration will only include Android devices and whether Apple iOS devices will be left out. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 with Wear OS 3, for example, is not compatible with iPhones.
Its price and release date have not been revealed. According to Osterloh, the Pixel Watch will arrive during the spring, along with the new Pixel 7 smartphone. As for the value of the watch, the executive only said that it would be a “ premium priced product ”.