Surprise! No Google Pixel Watch at the company’s product launch event earlier today. But a leaker with an excellent track record says it will still happen – in Q1 2022.
A bit like the movie Groundhog day
For the umpteenth time, there were fresh expectations we might get an official Pixel Watch reveal. It was supposed to happen today. Most people didn’t put too much stock into those rumors. And it turns out they were correct not to.
Rumors have been circulating about the mythical timepiece for some 3-4 years now. You could almost call it an annual tradition. However, talk seems to have died down in 2020. In late 2019 we ran a story on a Japanese newspaper that hinted Google will release a smartwatch to compete with the Apple Watch. But as with all the previous rumors, nothing materialized. Then in early 2021 rumors resurfaced.
It seems a bit like the movie Groundhog day. For those of us old enough to remember.
Yes, we’ve been here many times before. “Credible leaks’ of an imminent Google Pixel Watch reveal. Speculating on wearable tech coming our way is a favorite past time of some folks, present company included. So if nothing else, it makes interesting reading.
Google’s Pixel Fall Launch event held today saw the unveiling of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones. A quarter of a million people watched the live Youtube stream. The phones feature the company’s first custom mobile chip called Google Tensor. This ensures they are fast, smart and secure. But no mention at all of a smartwatch. Nothing. Not that anyone was surprised – apart from perhaps the most optimistic of folks!
Alleged images of Google Pixel Watch
However, in the run-up to the event leaker Jon Prosser tweeted that the watch is still happening. But that it will not launch until Q1 2022. Apparently it was supposed to launch this fall, but there was a delay.
Back in April Jon posted a few alleged renders of Pixel Watch. They are apparently based on the real thing. Jon says the company does have the Pixel Watch in the works (codenamed “Rohan). And he had posted a few renders of the device to prove it.
Mind you, these are not the real thing. Instead, they are created by an artist based on images that Prosser received. They are said to recreate both the hardware and software.
Prossier says this is only a teaser. He promised, at the time, to release more images and videos in the near future. However, we’ve seen nothing since his original post in the Spring.
Unlike the Apple Watch, the pics shows a circular device with a crown on the right-hand side. The latter might be a rotating crown, physical button or combination of both. The timepiece is rather smart looking and practically has no bezels on the sides. It will definitely be one of the best looking watches out there.
If these are images of a device in the making, the Google Pixel Watch could eventually get an official reveal. Then again, it could be a device that the search giant worked on before but never saw the light of day.
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Prosser said at the time, that the device is scheduled for October. In fairness, he did add that the project could be late in which case the watch would not be unveiled until 2022.
Fitbit is onboard now
In any case we are curious to see what happens on the wearables front with Fitbit and Google. Fitbit has confirmed that it is working on a fully-fledged smartwatch with the search giant.
And let’s not forget Wear OS. Google now has both its own and Fitbit’s operating system under its belt. It would be a huge blow to Wear OS if the mythical Pixel Watch ran on anything other than its long-struggling operating system.
Most of us have given up hope on ever seeing a Google Pixel Watch. We’ve had our hopes dashed to many times in the past. Today was no different. The hope remains that the company will use its linkup with Fitbit to push the device through the finish line. It would make sense. To remind, the search giant snapped up Fitbit with the transaction receiving the necessary regulatory approvals earlier this year. Fitbit is now officially part of Google.
Let’s hope someone at Google finally remembers they bought Fitbit! Once can only hope. A Google-made watch would shake-up the wearables space which is currently dominated by only a few players.
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