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Google Pixel Watch: Everything We Know Ahead of Google’s Big Event

There’s still a lot we don’t know about Google’s Pixel Watch, but that probably won’t be the case for long. We expect to get a closer look at Google’s first smartwatch during the event on October 6where it will likely debut with the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.

Google gave a preview of the Pixel Watch back on its I/O conference in May. The company showed what the watch will look like and said it will have certain health tracking features from its subsidiary Fitbit, but didn’t reveal much else. Most importantly, we still don’t know how much the Pixel Watch will cost or when it will go on sale.

Although Google has been making software for wearables for years, Pixel watch is the company’s first consumer smartwatch. It gives Google the opportunity to show its vision of the ideal Android smartwatch, just as its Pixel phones have done for Android phones.

Here’s everything we know about the Pixel Watch so far ahead of Google’s upcoming event.

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It will launch this fall alongside the Pixel 7

Google said in May that the Pixel Watch will formally launch this fall. Since Google is holding an event on October 6, there’s a chance the Pixel Watch will launch shortly after. If so, the Pixel Watch would follow a similar launch pattern to previous Google products. For example, the Pixel 6 debuted on a October 19 eventwhile Google held a press conference on September 30 to introduce the Pixel 5 in 2020.

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The Pixel Watch has a round design with adjustable bands

If there’s one thing Google was willing to share, it’s what the Pixel Watch looks like. True to the leaks, Google’s first smartwatch has a circular face with a domed design and glass that looks like it’s bending over the edges. The watch is made from recycled stainless steel and there is a tactile crown that resembles that of the Apple Watch. Adjustable straps will also be available. The watch is expected to come in black, silver and gold colors and is said to be 40 millimeters wide and 14 mm thick, according to 9to5Google.

Close-up of Google Pixel watch with digital dial

The round face of the Pixel Watch.

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Based on what we’ve seen so far, the Pixel Watch has a striking look that seems to rival the Apple Watch, Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and other high-end smartwatches. Google CEO Sundar Pichai was also spotted at the Code 2022 conference wearing what looked like a Pixel Watch.

On September 22, just days before the Google event on October 6, the company posted a video to YouTube show off the design of the watch. In the video, we take a look at the rotating crown on the side of the watch, how the Pixel Watch’s bands snap onto its body, and what the device’s dials will look like.

Google’s Wear OS software and apps will power the watch

Unsurprisingly, Google’s new smartwatch will run on its Wear OS platform. Google didn’t say much about the watch’s software features, other than calling it “fluent” and “easy to navigate.” Rick Osterloh, Google’s senior vice president of devices and services, described the operating system as “tapable, voice-activated, and uncluttered.” During the presentation, the company briefly showed how apps such as Google Maps, Wallet, Home and the Google Assistant will appear on the watch.

Rick Osterloh discusses Pixel Watch at I/O 2022

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It will integrate with Fitbit, but won’t replace it

Fitbit’s products aren’t going anywhere, as evidenced by the recently announced Fitbit Sense 2, Versa 4 and Inspire 3. But you can expect some famous ones Fitbit Features arrive on Google’s watch. These include continuous heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, and Active Zone Minutes, which measures the amount of time you spend in specific heart rate zones while exercising. Google also showed you how to view Fitbit health stats like heart rate and steps right from the watch face.

What we don’t know, though, is what specific health tracking sensors will be in the Pixel Watch. But what seems clear is that the Pixel Watch will inherit more Fitbit functionality in the future. “This isn’t done yet,” James Park, the Fitbit co-founder who currently heads Google’s wearables division, told CNET’s Scott Stein. “We will continue to improve the software over time.

Rick Osterloh discusses health features for the Pixel Watch

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It is only compatible with Android devices

Because the Pixel Watch is meant to complement Google Pixel Devices, it won’t be iPhone compatible, according to a Google spokesperson. That’s probably part of the reason why the Pixel Watch won’t replace Fitbit’s products, as Fitbit’s watches and trackers work with both iOS and Android.

There will be a mobile option

Google will offer a 4G LTE option of the Pixel Watch, which will allow it to maintain a cellular connection when no phone is nearby. Fitbit’s smartwatches don’t have a mobile option, so that’s one way Google can differentiate the two product lines.

It will have premium prices

Google has not yet said how much the Pixel Watch will cost. But in a press conference, Osterloh said it would be priced as a premium product. It’s unclear what that means, but it looks like it could compete with the Apple Watch Series 8 and Samsung Galaxy Watch 4. Apple’s high-end watch starts at $399 (£419, AU$629), while that from Samsung usually starts at $250 (£249). That’s consistent with rumors from 9to5Google and Pricebaba, with the former reporting that the mobile version could start at $399 in the US and the latter saying the Wi-Fi-only version could cost between $250 and $350 in Europe.

Battery, processor and other specifications

Google hasn’t revealed much about the Pixel Watch’s specs, but 9to5Google claims to have some details about the battery, processor and storage capacity. The Pixel Watch is said to have a battery capacity of 300 mAh that will last about a day on a single charge. That sounds like it’s similar to the Apple Watch, though anecdotally I’ve been able to get about a day and a half out of the new Series 8.

The Pixel Watch is expected to run on Samsung’s Exynos 9110 chip along with a coprocessor and should have 1.5GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, according to 9to5Google. To put that into perspective, the average phone usually has about 8GB of RAM. The Apple Watch also has 32GB of storage, so it sounds like the Pixel Watch will have the same.

There’s still a lot we don’t know about the Pixel Watch, but we expect to learn more in the coming weeks.

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