Google's Pixel Watch is not going to launch in 2018

Company is focusing on working with partners already making Wear watches
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Remember that Pixel Watch that was rumored to be landing this year? Well, it sounds like it's probably not going to happen.

That's based on comments made by a Google executive in an interview with Tom's Guide. Miles Barr, who is director of engineering for Wear OS told the site, “To think of a one-size-fits-all watch, I don’t think we’re there yet.”

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The Pixel smartwatch no-show was firmed up by a response from a PR representative that said Google has no plans to launch a smartwatch this year.

Barr added that it was focusing on its partners for now, and at the very least doesn't appear to entirely rule out the possibility of one happening in the future. It clearly just won't be dropping in 2018.

There had been multiple reports that a hero smartwatch for Wear OS was on its way with a reliable source in the shape of Evan Blass, He was the first to reveal that Google planned to launch a Pixel-branded smartwatch alongside new Pixel-branded products at the end of the year, likely to be its rumored 9 October hardware event.

But it looks like Google will rely on its hardware partners to drive its smartwatch platform forward. At the IFA tech expo in Berlin, Casio unveiled a new Pro Trek Wear smartwatch while the Fossil Group had new Skagen, Diesel and Fossil fourth generation Wear smartwatches to show off too. We are still waiting (and hoping) LG and Huawei have new smartwatches to show off before the year is out.

Google has in recent weeks focused on refining Wear OS redesigning the UI and giving Google Fit a much needed reboot. Qualcomm is also set to unveil its next generation smartwatch chip on 10 September. So there's a lot on the software and performance front that is happening to make Wear better.

The question is, has the Pixel Watch been delayed or cancelled altogether? Hopefully it's the former as we'd still be keen to see one. It's just what the platform needs to challenge what the Apple, Fitbit, Garmin and Samsung are offering in this space.

We've reached out to Google for comment that it will not be launching a smartwatch. We'll update this article when we have a response.

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Michael Sawh

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Michael Sawh has been covering the wearable tech industry since the very first Fitbit landed back in 2011. Previously the resident wearable tech expert at Trusted Reviews, he also marshaled the features section of T3.com.

He also regularly contributed to T3 magazine when they needed someone to talk about fitness trackers, running watches, headphones, tablets, and phones.

Michael writes for GQ, Wired, Coach Mag, Metro, MSN, BBC Focus, Stuff, TechRadar and has made several appearances on the BBC Travel Show to talk all things tech. 

Michael is a lover of all things sports and fitness-tech related, clocking up over 15 marathons and has put in serious hours in the pool all in the name of testing every fitness wearable going. Expect to see him with a minimum of two wearables at any given time.


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