Google Pixel Watch: What we know so far (Updated)

Posted: 21 April 2022 2:30 pm

Rumours are circulating that a Pixel-branded smartwatch might be on the way, with an array of innovative features. Here's everything we know so far.

Google entering the smartwatch space seems almost certain at this point. Even discounting all the leaks and rumours, the corporation's development of Wear OS and acquisitions like Fitbit pretty clearly point to the American giant making a splash in the wearable space.

To help you get hyped for an upcoming release, we've rounded up all the leaks and rumours surrounding the Google Pixel Watch.

Google Pixel Watch price and release date

The Google Pixel Watch was initially tipped to be released 26 May. However, it has since been reported that it may be in jeopardy of being pushed back. 26 May is still the date to watch, but don't be surprised if it takes a little longer to come along.

There isn't much reporting on how much a Google Pixel Watch might retail for, but judging by Google's general strategy, an undercut of Apple and Samsung would make sense. For reference, the Apple Watch Series 7 starts at $599, while the Galaxy Watch 4 starts at $449.

Check out Finder's reviews of the Apple Watch Series 7 and Galaxy Watch 4.

Google Pixel Watch skin control

Let's get the most futuristic feature out of the way first. A patent filed by Google in mid-2020 has recently been uncovered. While the rest of us were locked down half-heartedly trying to learn Dutch, Google was developing technology that allows users to make gestures on their skin to control a Pixel Watch.

The below image shows the areas of the skin Google is targeting as control centres for a smartwatch.

Google Pixel Watch patent

Gestures made on the skin create a "mechanical wave" that smart devices can interpret. This technology has been seen in other products to smaller degrees, but we'd expect Google to take it to the limit.

That includes featuring it in a whole bunch of devices. In fact, Google filed another patent applying the technology to headphones, presumably its Pixel Buds. For earbuds, the skin in front of the ear and on the temple might be able to be touched in order to control the device.

Google is clearly taking this innovation very seriously, and we're likely to see it officially rolled out sooner rather than later.

Pixel Watch design and features

Alright, all this skin control talk is great, but what are some of the other features you can expect to find on the Google Pixel Watch? And what will it look like?

In terms of design, you don't have to wonder too much what Google is aiming for, as leaker Jon Prosser showcased what he claims to be official promotional images in this video.

This suggests a minimalistic design, with a circular face and no bezel.

The Pixel Watch's colour range may have been hinted at by a Google-produced colouring book. 4 virtual pencils are described as being sourced from Google's wearable line: Just Black, Lemon Pop, Pale Yellow and Dark Olive.

It's been reported that the Pixel Watch is being developed with 3 models in mind, code-named Ling, Triton and Sardine, and that at least 1 of them will have 1GB of RAM. Google has fingers in many pies in the smartwatch world, and these 3 models could utilise different technology to serve different functions.

Google has also placed a large order for Samsung's body movement sensors, and the Pixel Watch is expected to utilise a Samsung Exynos chipset. All signs point to the Google Watch stacking up very well against the Galaxy Watch.

Naturally, Google's own Wear OS is expected to be the operating system for the Pixel Watch. Google software on Google hardware is always a good time, and we expect nothing less from the Pixel Watch.

Since Google owns Fitbit, Fitbit tech is expected to be highly integrated into the Pixel Watch, and fitness in general is expected to be a key focus.

A Wear OS user survey sent out by Google is a good guide to the kinds of smartwatch features that are of particular interest to Google. Some of the design choice options included in that survey were oxygenation tracking, sleep apnea detection, heartbeat alerts and stress tracking.

Update: 21/4/22

The leaks regarding the Google Pixel Watch haven't slowed down. Another report has revealed supposedly official rendered images of the wearable, codenamed Rohan, and they look very similar to those put forward by Prosser.

It looks like this is the design we can look forward to.

Best deals on smartwatches

If you simply can't wait for the Google Pixel Watch to drop, check out these great deals on smartwatches you can nab today.

$230 off Garmin Forerunner 245 on Amazon
$230 off Garmin Forerunner 245 on Amazon

This smartwatch specialises in running functionality, with advanced training features and the ability to easily play music right from your watch. Take advantage of this deal to make your next run that much better.

Buy now for $349 (was $579)
$101.95 off Fitbit Versa 2 on Amazon
$101.95 off Fitbit Versa 2 on Amazon

Given Google and Fitbit's close relationship, this watch could serve as a great preview of what you could expect in a Pixel Watch. Grab it for 34% off the asking price.

Buy now for $198 (was $299.95)
$200 of Fossil Gen 5 Julianna on Amazon
$200 of Fossil Gen 5 Julianna on Amazon

Another close Google associate, Fossil produced an excellent smartwatch with the Gen 5 Julianna. The Julianna is a phone and a personal trainer all in one.

Buy now for $299 (was $499)
$75 off Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 on Amazon
$75 off Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 on Amazon

When Google enters the smartwatch space, it's this watch it will be trying to catch. With extensive fitness features, incredible app functionality and a gorgeous sleek design, don't miss out on this discount.

Buy now for $374 (was $449)

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