Google’s fall hardware event might also introduce a Pixel-branded watch

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  • Google will reportedly launch a Pixel-branded smartwatch alongside new smartphones and second-generation Pixel Buds.
  • Another source alleged that Google will launch not one, but three Pixel smartwatches.
  • If true, this would be the first time Google would launch its own Wear OS smartwatches.

Over the years, Google’s hardware efforts amounted to phones, tablets, smart home devices, and even Chromebooks. Notably absent in that list is a smartwatch, but according to VentureBeat writer Evan Blass, Google will change that during its hardware event later this year.

A “reliable source” told Blass with “high confidence” that Google will expand its lineup of Pixel-branded devices with a smartwatch. Interestingly, Roland Quandt from WinFuture chimed in and said Google will introduce not one, but three Pixel-branded smartwatches.

Blass did not say if Google will have another company produce the Pixel watches or make it in-house, while Quandt did not say whether there would be differences between the devices. It would not be unusual for there to be size or finish differences, seeing how Apple and Huawei adopted similar strategies with their smartwatches.

We also do not know what will power the Pixel watches. Qualcomm’s new smartwatch chips will launch later this year as successors to the aging Snapdragon Wear 2100 platform, so there is a good chance the devices will feature those chips.

Either way, the Pixel watches should provide the spark that the Wear OS ecosystem needs right now. As many Wear OS smartwatches as there are, all of them feature older processors that have trouble keeping up with the latest software releases.

It also does not help that fashion brands seemingly release smartwatches every other week, though LG reportedly has a smartwatch of its own in the works.

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In related news, Blass’s source also claimed Google will unveil the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, and second-generation Pixel Buds alongside the Pixel watches. The new Pixel smartphones are safe assumptions, though updated Pixel Buds can hopefully improve the mediocre sound and form factor of the original.

We should learn more about the Pixel watches, as well as the rest of Google’s supposed hardware offerings, as we get closer to fall.

via Android Authority

May 10, 2018 at 10:43AM