Although Google has shot down speculation about in-house smartwatch, a number of patents and acquisitions in the wearable space (ahem, Fitbit) point to the Pixel Watch debut being a matter of when, not if.
The Pixel Watch would be the first smartwatch from Google, instantly making it the most important Wear OS option out there. No, it’s not our favorite wearable software, but we imagine it’ll be improved by optimized hardware.
Google also knows smartwatches and fitness trackers comprise one of the fastest growing consumer tech categories. It would be wise to put out a model of its own out as an accessory for its Pixel smartphones, like the new Pixel 4a and upcoming Pixel 5.
So when will the Pixel Watch arrive? And what will it look like? What features will make it stand out? Here are all the rumors we know about the Google Pixel Watch’s release date, price, design and more.
Google Pixel Watch release date
We heard our first credible Google Pixel Watch leak back in 2018. Evan Blass, who provides reliable intel on a number of unreleased tech devices, said the Pixel Watch would launch that year.
Back then, Google quieted those rumors, and we didn’t hear of the rumored smartwatch again for several months. Then, in 2019, sources told Nikkei Asian Review that the Pixel Watch would finally arrive alongside the Pixel 4. Yeah, that didn’t happen, either.
So could Google have a smartwatch planned for 2020? We know the company is in the middle of an unofficial product launch season, with the Pixel 4a arriving in early August and the all-new Google Nest smart speaker expected to launch soon.
But with so few Pixel Watch leaks compared to those two products, we’re not confident it’s coming in the next few months. 2021 might be a better bet, instead.
Google Pixel Watch price
How much will the Google Pixel Watch cost? Not as much as an Apple Watch, if we had to guess. There aren’t many Google Pixel Watch cost leaks to reference, but we’d place it in the mid-priced category. The Apple Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 3 both start at $399, so we'd expect Google to try and undercut these two watches slightly.
It won’t be the cheapest option on store shelves, but it could fall in the $200-$350 price range depending on size and LTE variants. Again, this is just speculation based on what we know about Google’s pricing strategy for the rest of its hardware division.
Google Pixel Watch design
Interestingly, we've heard absolutely nothing about the Pixel Watch's design. Since May when news of the smartwatch broke, we haven't seen any credible design leaks, renders, or even CAD drawings.
We have seen some awesome concept art, though. These images come from designer James Tsai. Inspired by the company's “Made By Google” devices, Tsai delivered a playful set of renders that even have Google-esque names like “milk white”, “sweet papaya” and “boba black.”
Google Pixel Watch specs
German publication WinFuture reported that Google is working on three Pixel Watch models, code-named Ling, Triton and Sardine.
Exactly what these Pixel Watch code names mean, however, is unknown. It seems plausible, given the names, that the devices will come in different sizes, and possibly different specs.
One could be lifestyle focused, making use of the $40 million of Fossil's smartwatch technology it acquired last year. Another could become one of the best fitness trackers, benefiting from Google’s ownership of Fitbit.
On that note, it’s worth casting a glance at this report from ET News which states Google has placed a large order for body movement tracking sensors from Samsung. Those, in hand with Qualcomm’s latest smartwatch chip and rumors of on-board storage and LTE connectivity, could make for a well-specced Pixel Watch.
Google Pixel Watch Wear OS
This one is no surprise, but Google will bundle its own Wear OS platform in the Pixel Watch. But what could make the software different or, should we say, better?
Popular Wear OS features on third-party smartwatches include continuous heart-rate monitoring via Google Fit, contactless payments with Google Pay and hands-free Google Assistant access.
On Google’s own smartwatch, we’d expect to see better integration with Google’s ecosystem of hardware.
Whenever the Pixel Watch comes, it’ll have to compete with some of the most advanced devices around. Keep it locked to Tom’s Guide for the latest updates on how the Pixel Watch is stacking up.