Jon Prosser posted on Twitter that Google is planning on launching the Pixel Watch on May 26, a date that aligns with the company’s I/O developer conference.
Leaks and rumors suggest it will be a companion device to Google’s smartphones. In any case, most of what we think we know about the Pixel Watch is based on speculation and rumor, so this Android user is keeping his excitement in check.
- Leaker Jon Prosser posted on Twitter that Google is planning on launching the Pixel Watch on May 26, a date that aligns with the company’s I/O developer conference.
- He later corrected the timeline, claiming the watch had been delayed to Q1 2022.
- Anything is possible, but leaks and rumours suggest the wearable will be a companion device to Google’s smartphones.
- As for specs, the rumoured wearable could be powered by a Samsung Exynos chip and support Google Assistant, based on a report from 9to5Google that claims to have found a PIXEL_EXPERIENCE_WATCH feature tag within a Google app.
- We don’t know how much the watch will cost, but a recent Business Insider report, corroborated by The Verge, claims it will be more expensive than a Fitbit and priced to compete against the Apple Watch.
Google’s upcoming Pixel smartwatch has been the subject of rumours for more than a year, and while we know basic specifics about the device, no precise release date has been suggested. That has now changed.
Google is aiming to release the Pixel Watch on May 26, according to Twitter leaker Jon Prosser, which coincides with the company’s I/O developer conference.
While Google hasn’t confirmed the release date, let alone the existence of a Pixel Watch, this latest leak should reassure Android users waiting for a true Apple Watch competitor because, as Prosser points out, this is the “first we’ve seen a set date on the device behind the scenes.” Furthermore, Google’s I/O 2022 conference, which took place from May 18 to 20 last year, would be a logical launchpad given that it’s where Google announced Wear OS 3, the most mea ningful update to its watch OS in a long itme.
Prosser previously stated that the watch would be unveiled alongside the Pixel 6 in October, but cautioned that the date was subject to change. Later, he clarified the schedule, indicating that the watch would be released in Q1 2022. The device is now expected to arrive in Q2.
After completing its acquisition of Fitbit last year, there was a lot of conjecture about how Google will handle smartwatches. It was unclear whether Google would sell a Pixel-branded device or follow Nest’s lead and rebrand its smartwatch division as Fitbit. It’s possible that the wearable will be a companion gadget to Google’s smartphones, but leaks and rumors suggest otherwise.
There have been rumors circulating about a Google smartwatch for a long time, and while the company has denied them in the past, this could be the time. According to a December story, the device’s codename is “Rohan,” and it will have a spherical face (like basically every other Android smartwatch). It is touted to include basic fitness tracking, such as step counts and heart rate monitoring, as well as additional Fitbit-like functions.
According to a report from 9to5Google, the suspected wearable could be powered by a Samsung Exynos chip and support Google Assistant, based on the discovery of a “PIXEL EXPERIENCE WATCH” feature tag within a Google app.
It’s natural to expect that Google would turn to Qualcomm, but keep in mind that Google cooperated with Samsung to help it solve its horrifically failing wearable OS. We wouldn’t be shocked if this collaboration included the use of each other’s hardware. If previous leaks are to be believed, the device has already been seen. Prosser claimed to have official advertising photographs on his YouTube channel late last year. They depict a watch with a circular shape and an almost bezel-free watch face that waterfalls at the edges, similar to the one seen in April renders.
We are not sure how much the watch will cost, but according to a recent Business Insider rumor backed up by The Verge, it will cost more than a Fitbit and will be priced to compete with the Apple Watch.
And, like the Apple Watch, the Pixel Watch (if that’s what it’s called) will require daily charging.
In any event, much of what we think we know about the Pixel Watch is based on rumor and supposition.
Pixel Watch 👇— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) January 21, 2022
I’m hearing that Google is planning on launching it on Thursday, May 26th — over year since we leaked it.
This is the first we’ve seen a set date on the device behind the scenes.
Google is known for pushing back dates — but if they do, we’ll know 👀 pic.twitter.com/Kk0D4Bom6d
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