​Google Pixel Watch: Everything you need to know

But there's still lots we don't know
​Google teases Pixel Watch at I/O
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Google has officially teased the Pixel Watch at Google I/O, and the first smartwatch from the company will be launched this Fall

We've been talking about the Pixel Watch for what feels like an eternity. We know a Pixel Watch was in the works back but was cancelled in 2016, before rumors restarted back in 2021. But now, at long last, it's officially coming.

The existence of the Pixel Watch has widely leaked over the past few months, with some grainy images of the design. And all of the leaks seem to have been proved correct.

Here's everything we know about the Google Pixel Watch, and some key rumors and questions that still remain.

Design, materials and straps

Design, materials and straps

The Pixel Watch is a circular smartwatch, with a rotating, tactile crown and sleek design – Google hasn’t elaborated on screen tech or dimensions at the point. We’ll have to wait for that.

Google has revealed that the Pixel Watch is made of recycled stainless steel, which should give it a premium feel, and has quick release bands for easy customization.

There's no information on case size or thickness, so we can't take a view on how unisex the Pixel Watch could be. However, it certainly appears to be thin and light from the press renders. There have been leaks that have claimed the bands to be 20mm, which would be well suited for men and women.

Fitness features

Fitness features and GPS

Google did, however, talk about Fitbit, which unsurprisingly will power the fitness tracking elements of the smartwatch, rather than Google Fit. On older Wear devices we found Google Fit to be quite underwhelming – and the likes of Fossil and TicWatch have developed their own apps for health tracking.

For the Pixel Watch, Google confirmed Fitbit will bring step and activity tracking, 24/7 heart rate and its Active Zone Minutes metric.

There is also a heart rate complication shown on many of the press renders.

And on some renders, we can see that GPS is listed on the reverse side of the smartwatch. That means the Pixel Watch should be fit for runners and cyclists.

However, we still don't know whether the Pixel Watch will support more advanced sensors such as SpO2, which has become pretty standard on smartwatches, and powers many of Fitbit's own metrics.

Wear OS 3.0 improvements

Wear OS 3.0 improvements

At I/O 2022, Google confirmed that the Pixel Watch will run on an "improved" version of Wear 3.0, with a revamped UI – so it will be different to the experience found on the Galaxy Watch 4.

Google also bigged up the Pixel Watch’s place within its ambient computing vision, with access to wallet, payments and the company’s voice assistant.

There will also be a cellular version.

Chipset and tech

Chipset and tech

New leaks – not officially confirmed by Google – have alleged that Google will use an older Samsung chipset for the upcoming Pixel Watch,

Reports by 9to5Google suggest that it will use the Exynos 9110, a Samsung chip that was first released in August of 2018 for the Samsung Galaxy Watch.

However, 9to5Google reports that the power of the Exynos 9110 is similar to the Snapdragon 4100 – so it's no slouch.

But it's disappointing that the Pixel Watch might not showcase the best technology – which could have implications on battery life and the performance of apps.

iPhone compatibility

Google teases Pixel Watch at I/O – launches this Fall

When the Galaxy Watch 4 launched, a key change was that it was only compatible with Android smartphones.

At the time it wasn't confirmed whether this would also apply to other Wear 3.0 devices.

Well, it seems it's 2 v 0 to Team Android, as the Pixel Watch will, unsurprisingly, not support iPhones. You'll need Android 8.0 or higher to run it.

Release date

The smartwatch is set to be released “this Fall”, alongside the Pixel 7 smartphone, so we’re guessing we’ll have to wait until then for more detailed information.

Google also devoted a small section of the I/O keynote to Wear OS 3.0, and some interesting titbits.

We heard that the “joint platform” built with Samsung had 3x growth in Wear OS devices.

And the company launched a new SOS feature for Wear OS, and made improvements to Google Wallet, which will store vaccine cards, boarding passes, payment cards – and all supported within Wear OS.

And it highlighted the influx of new apps heading to Wear OS, with Spotify, Soundcloud, Adidas Running and Deezer.