Google Pixel watch specs, release date, news and rumours

A Google-branded smartwatch has been rumoured for some time – no pun intended – but it has yet to materialise despite the Wear OS platform running numerous third-party smartwatches.

Speculation suggests that a Pixel Watch is finally coming though, it’s just a matter of when. Here is everything we know so far.

Quick summary

At the moment, we don’t know when/if the Google Pixel Watch will be released and how much it will cost. Google’s next major event is Google I/O which kicks off on 7 May but whether the Pixel Watch will appear at the developer conference is not yet known.

Pixel Watch specs: What we want and expect

  • Solid materials
  • Premium design
  • Round face likely
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100
  • 4GB RAM
  • 512MB storage
  • 300mAh or larger battery
  • HR monitor
  • GPS
  • Waterproofing
  • 4G LTE possible
  • Wear OS

Google Pixel Watch rumours: What’s happened?

4 April 2019: Possible Pixel Watch tech pops up in patent

A recently approved patent reveals Google has been working on several quick release watch band mechanisms. Several options are shown in the patent images, one of which is a tradition quick release pin method, while the others appear a little more complex. 

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8 February 2019: New job listings suggest Pixel Watch still happening

Two job listings at Google for a “Vice President, Hardware Engineering, Wearables” and “Wearables Design Manager, Consumer Hardware”, suggest Google continues to have major hardware ambitions for wearables.

25 January 2019: Possible Pixel Watch codenames appear online

9to5Google reported on two codenames – Medaka and Salmon – which appeared online and are suggested to reference the Pixel Watch. The codenames appeared in AOSP alongside evidence suggesting they are smartwatches but no further details were offered.

17 January 2019: Google and Fossil enter into $40 million agreement

Google and Fossil Group enter into a $40 million agreement, in which Google will acquire some of Fossil’s smartwatch technology, along with members of the Fossil’s research and development team. While details are scarce, it suggests Google is still serious about Wear OS.

3 September 2018: No Pixel Watch in 2018

Tom’s Guide reported that the rumoured Pixel Watch would not launch in 2018. 

Miles Barr, Google’s director of engineering for Wear OS, said in an interview with Tom’s Guide: “To think of a one-size-fits-all watch, I don’t think we’re there yet. Our focus is on our partners for now,” he explained.

The Pixel Watch will likely place a special focus on Google Assistant and AI learning when it finally arrives though as Barr told Tom’s Guide his ideal Pixel Watch would offer these. 

A separate Google spokesperson also confirmed that the company would not be announcing its own smartwatch in 2018.

10 May 2018: Three models of the Pixel Watch claimed to be in the works

WinFuture reported that there are three models of Pixel Watch in the works, but these might just be prototypes with a plan to only release one.

10 May 2018: Google’s fall event expected to feature Pixel-branded watch

Notorious leakster Evan Blass tweeted that a reliable source told him “with high confidence” that a Pixel-branded watch would appear at the 2018 fall hardware event alongside the two smartphones and second-gen Pixel Buds. Of course, that wasn’t the case in the end.

15 March 2018: Google rebrands Android Wear to Wear OS

Google’s smartwatch platform, Android Wear, first arrived in 2014. In 2018, Google ditched the name and branding, relaunching the software as Wear OS.

10 February 2017: LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style launch

LG announced the LG Watch Sport and the LG Watch Style, backed by Google as the poster watches for Android Wear 2.0 with their rotating dials. They put an end to the Google-branded smartwatch…for a while.

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23 December 2016: Google to launch two Android Wear watches in 2017

The Verge reported that Jeff Chang, product manager of Android Wear, said Google is planning to launch new watches that will be flagship Android Wear 2.0 devices.

Chang said the device wouldn’t be Pixel branded however, despite the Pixel and Pixel XL launching two months earlier, replacing the Nexus line. Instead, the watches would take the name of the manufacturer that makes them.

12 July 2016: Renders appear of Google’s Nexus smartwatches

Android Police published some renders of Google’s Android Wear smartwatches. The larger device, known as Angelfish, is said to be on the left, while Swordfish, the smaller device, is on the right.

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6 July 2016: Google working on Nexus-branded smartwatches

Android Police reported that Google was working on Nexus-branded smartwatches. The two devices were claimed to be Google-made and they had codenames of Angelfish and Swordfish.

Rumours suggests Angelfish was a larger, sportier model which would come with LTE data, GPS and heart rate. Swordfish meanwhile was said to be smaller and miss LTE data and GPS off its features list. 

Both watches were claimed to feature circular displays.

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