Google is yet to launch a smartwatch of its own. Instead, it chose to partner with LG on its Watch Style and Watch Sport. Recent leaks suggest we may see the first Google Pixel-branded watch before the end of this year.
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The first leak comes from a person with an excellent track record when it comes to predicting these sorts of things. Venture Beat tech journalist Evan Blass released the following tweet a couple of months ago.
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.
We had some hopes Google would mention the watch at its three day annual I/O conference back in May. The company used the opportunity to push out some key updates for developers such as an enhanced battery saving mode. No mention, however, was made of a Pixel watch.
But a subsequent report from German tech site Winfuture.de provides some more clues. As do some other sources. According to these rumours:
- This will be the first flagship watch entirely designed and manufactured by Google.
- The company is not working on one, but on three Wear OS watches. They are codenamed Ling, Triton and Sardine. These could also be variants of the same watch, that differ in terms of size and features.
- 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 variants with sport Qualcomm’s new chip the Snapdragon Wear 3100, which uses an ARM Cortex A7 architecture and Adreno 304 GPU. This is the first time since 2016 that Qualcomm has upgraded is processor. The company has already confirmed it will be out this fall.
- Some sources suggest the watches will come with additional security features such as a fingerprint scanner or facial recognition.
- Wear OS watches are not well known for stonking battery life. However the new Qualcomm chip is said to bring with it a significant boost in battery performance. By extension, the Pixel watch should benefit from this. Battery life will of course depend on other specs.
- Google is set to host its hardware event in October and this is the most likely landing date for the Pixel watch. The last two Pixel phone launches, in 2016 and 2017, both occurred in October. A pre-holiday sales launch makes perfect sense.
The Google Pixel watch leaks come on top of a couple of recent FCC filings on new LG wearables. One of them is 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. The other rumoured LG device is branded ‘LIBRE’. This one is expected to be an LTE-enabled smartwatch.
We’ll update this article as and when more leaks emerge. Google Pixel-branded watches could certainly present worthy competition to the Apple Watch.
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