The Google Pixel Watch was been a surprise deal this holiday season. At one point we saw deals for $50 off on a smartwatch that is not even two months old. While those deals are now gone, we may be getting some additional features.
A source has revealed to 9to5Google that Gmail and Google Calendar apps are likely coming to the Pixel Watch. This would be a step up from the current experience that uses an Agenda app for the calendar on the Pixel Watch and only provides Gmail access through notifications. The source has told 9to5Google that these new apps will provide full experiences for both productivity features, though nothing has been revealed yet regarding a user interface or functionality.
And there’s even better news — you don’t even need to have a Pixel Watch to get this upgrade. While the development of both apps is reportedly being done by Google with the Pixel Watch in mind, these are tipped to be Wear OS apps. This means if you have the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, which is currently our top Android smartwatch, you should also get this awesome productivity upgrade.
Google Pixel Watch: Current productivity shortcomings
Right now, the productivity experience on the Google Pixel Watch is a little flat. Currently, the only way to access emails is when they come in or in the main notifications feed. There’s no full email app, which is frankly a bit surprising. Not only does Apple have a full email client for its Apple Watch lineup, but there’s actually a full email app for Wear OS — it’s just not made by Google. Instead, it’s an Outlook app made by Microsoft.
Calendar functionality is another odd shortcoming because, again, Google’s competitors offer great solutions. Google uses an Agenda app and Google Assistant to handle all calendar workflows. Meanwhile, Samsung has a full calendar app for its Galaxy Watches, which can even integrate with your existing Google Calendars. It’s a big reason I use Samsung Calendar on my Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra rather than Google Calendar.
Google Pixel Watch: One of the best Android smartwatches
Despite the fact that there are some productivity shortcomings, the Google Pixel Watch is still a great watch. It has a clean, minimalist design and brings Fitbit fitness tracking to an optimized Wear OS experience. The battery life is probably the biggest knock against it — it struggles to last a day — but if you want the ultimate Google experience on your wrist, this is the watch for you.
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