Google is yet to launch a smartwatch of its own. Instead, it chose to partner with LG on its Watch Style and Watch Sport. A new leak now suggests we may see the first Google Pixel-branded watch before the end of this year.
It comes from a person with an excellent track record when it comes to predicting these things. Venture Beat tech journalist Evan Blass tweeted today “a reliable source tells me — with high confidence — that Google’s fall hardware event will also introduce a Pixel-branded watch”.
Blass also mentions the Pixel Buds, which will get an upgrade along with third-generation Pixel phones. Unfortunately, he doesn’t provide any further details on the upcoming smartwatch.
But a subsequent report from German tech site Winfuture.de does. They claim that Google is not working on one, but on three Wear OS watches. Codenamed Ling, Triton and Sardine, the watches will have GPS, LTE and VoLTE support. Some of the variants will have a heart rate sensor and the ability to track stress along with other health features. All of them with sport Qualcomm’s new chip, the Snapdragon Wear 3100.
Google’s three day annual I/O conference concludes today. The company used the opportunity to push out some key updates for developers. One of these is an enhanced battery saving mode that is being added to the developer build of Wear OS. A few new Wear OS upgrades were also announced in the run-up to the event. This includes smart suggestions to queries, audio replies to questions, and support for the vast library of Actions.
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The Google Pixel watch leaks come on top of a recent FCC filing on a new LG wearable. This filing may be for the rumored LG Watch Timepiece. Unlike LG’s other smartwatches, the Watch Timepiece is expected to be a hybrid that combines mechanical hands with a full round color touchscreen.
Google is set to host its hardware event in October, but hopefully we’ll hear more about its upcoming wearables before then. Pixel-branded watches could certainly be a worthy competitor to the Apple Watch.
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