23 September 2019
Ever since Google announced the rebranding of Nexus lineup to Pixel, the rumor mill has been very consistent when it comes to throwing up rumors related to a possible Pixel Watch launch. Tech enthusiasts love what Google does with its own made smartphones (be it Nexus or Pixel) and hence it is reasonable for them to expect a Google-branded smartwatch as well, especially when no other OEM is offering a complete package. And now as per a new Business Insider report, Google was indeed very close to launching Pixel Watch in 2016 but decided to skip at the last moment.
The report cites a former Google employee to mention that Google was working on note one but two smartwatches in a build-up to the first Pixel launch event. It collaborated with LG for the manufacturing part and was likely to name them Google Watch. It seems like things were going as per the release plan but then, Google's newly appointed hardware lead Rick Osterloh decided to cancel everything altogether.
He had a couple of reasons for not going ahead with the release. The first reason was related to the design as he believed that Google watches were not sharing the same design philosophy as other Google hardware products. Another reason was his dissatisfaction with the performance of the smartwatch. The syncing functionality between the Pixel smartphone and the smartwatch was not up to the mark as per Osterloh's standards.
It is further mentioned that even though Google did not release those smartwatches, they were not killed completely. Both those watches later arrived in the form of LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport in 2017. As for whether you should expect a new Pixel Watch or Google Watch this year, the report mentions that there will not be any such launch or announcement at the Pixel 4 launch event.