Google finally confirmed the Pixel Watch’s existence after weeks of rumours and leaked images. However, today’s presentation is more of a tease than full disclosure, with the watch set to arrive later this fall alongside the Pixel 7.
Given that the Pixel Watch is the worst-kept wearable secret of 2022, the design was not very shocking. The Pixel Watch, as expected, has a round, domed form with a “tactile” crown and side button. It’s constructed of recycled stainless steel and includes proprietary bands that can be swapped out. It will also run an “enhanced” Wear OS 3 with a “refreshed UI” with improved navigation and smart notifications. You can also choose a cellular version of the device for solo connectivity.
Google said the Pixel Watch will contain the standard Google apps as well as a whole new Fitbit integration. This includes Google Maps and Assistant, as well as new Wear OS apps like Google Wallet and Google Home. Emergency SOS is another new feature for Wear OS. This capability has been seen on other smartwatches, and the idea is that you may use your watch to contact a trusted friend or family member as well as call emergency services. With the Fitbit integration, you’ll be able to see heart rate, sleep tracking, and Active Zone Minutes data.