We expect the Google Pixel Watch to make its full debut on Thursday, October 6th – alongside the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro – but in the meantime, a major leak has revealed a lot more about the upcoming smartwatch.
experienced informant @OnLeaks (opens in new tab) posted the release, which showcases some of the color choices and band styles we can expect in the coming week. We also get some shots of the watch face and a photo of it being synced to a smartphone.
Watch faces are also included in the leak, covering a range of different approaches to displaying the time – in both analogue and digital formats. Another image shows the watch being used to take an ECG reading to assess heart rate.
I just got my hands on a bunch of #Google #PixelWatch promotional material showing off all the color options and Watch Bands for the first time. Some details revealed too… @Slashleaks 👉🏻 pic.twitter.com/N0uiKaKXo0October 1, 2022
If the leak is accurate, we have four strips of silicone on the way: black, grey, white and what appears to be a very pale green. Leather straps appear to cover black, orange, green and white, while there is also a fabric option in red, black and green.
We already know that the Pixel Watch will work in conjunction with the Fitbit app to record all your vital stats, and in the leaked images is an image of the Pixel Watch alongside the Fitbit app running on an Android phone.
There’s plenty of material to browse here if you can’t wait until the big day – and of course we’ll bring you all the news and announcements as the Google event unfolds. Starts at 7am PT / 10am ET / 3pm BST / 12pm AEDT (October 7).
Analysis: Big Moment for Google
It’s been quite a while since Google launched into a new hardware category, and you could argue that there are more rides on the Pixel Watch than on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro – as Google has been making phones for years at this point.
While Wear OS has been around for a considerable amount of time, Google has been leaving it to manufacturers and third-party partners to manufacture the actual hardware. Samsung recently made the switch back to Wear OS for the Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, for example.
Deciding to go ahead with your own smartwatch is therefore a big step, and it’s clear that Google is envious of the Apple Watch’s success. It’s the obvious choice for a wearable for anyone who owns an iPhone, and Google expects Pixel phones and Pixel watches to have a similar kind of relationship.
What’s intriguing is how the Fitbit fits together – the company is now run by Google, but so far we haven’t seen many signs of the Fitbit and Pixel lines merging, even if the Pixel Watch does come with support for the Fitbit app.