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Google's rumored Pixel Watch now tipped for 2022 launch

03 December 2021 0

Google debuted Wear OS operating system for smartwatches and wearables in 2014. Since then, rumors of Google working on its own smartwatch have surfaced at regular intervals. The closest we got to seeing a Google watch was in 2018 which was later said to be scraped and released as LG Watch Sport and Watch Style. And now, we have fresh rumors claiming that this time around, the long wait for Pixel Watch might finally be over.

As per Business Insider citing a source familiar with the development, Google is working on an in-house smartwatch codenamed "Rohan". The watch is said to be sporting a round dial with no physical bezels which is a common theme among many Android wearables. It will run Wear OS 3, the latest Wear OS iteration that Google developed in collaboration with Samsung's Tizen team.

It is currently unclear whether the alleged Pixel Watch will be available in multiple size options. The source did mention that Google is working on size claimed to fit about 90% of the population. The watch is said to be getting tested by people outside the development team which means Google seems to be confident enough to bring it to the masses. It is reported that initial testers are not happy with the battery life as the watch needs to be recharged on daily basis.

One important thing mentioned in the report is that the alleged smartwatch in development is not a Fitbit product. Many were speculating the first Google watch to be made by Fitbit because of the acquisition deal between the two parties. Instead, there will simply be a Fitbit integration within Wear OS but exact details are missing.

The smartwatch will have the commonly expected sensors and health features. Google has opted for proprietary bands for the smartwatch for some reason. We have seen other brands go for a standard band which makes it easier for buyers to go for affordable third-party band options. It is important to note that Pixel Watch is a speculative name for now. Google may end up naming the smartwatch something completely different. Lastly, the report reveals that the smartwatch is on track for a release in 2022 and will cost in the same range as the Apple Watch.



Google's rumored Pixel Watch now tipped for 2022 launch
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