Th fabled Pixel Watch from Google is finally official, and Google plans to launch the smartwatch this Fall. Google announced the device today as sort of a sneak preview during its annual I/O developer conference. It’ll launch alongside Google’s upcoming flagship phones, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, as well as the Pixel Buds Pro.
The Pixel Watch has been rumored for quite a long time at this point. But Google has never been ready to unleash it. Following months of leaks that showed off the watch’s seemingly official design, consumers are getting their first look from Google at the flagship smartwatch they’ve been waiting on the company to launch for years.
The Pixel Watch will launch this Fall with updated Wear OS features
We don’t know yet what version of Wear OS the Pixel Watch will come with. Whether that’s Wear OS 3.0 that is currently only available on the Galaxy Watch 4, or the rumored Wear OS 3.1. What’s clear however is that the Pixel Watch is going to launch with a few new features.
For starters, it’ll be the first Wear OS device to be integrated with Fitbit’s leading health and fitness platform. Featuring insights for sleep tracking, heart rate, and Active Zone Minutes. The watch will also feature a new Emergency SOS feature. This will let you add trusted contacts and send an alert to them. As well as contact emergency services if the need ever arises. Another new feature coming with the Pixel Watch is Google Home integration so you can control smart home devices from your wrist.
In addition, Google says it’ll come with all the familiar Google apps you know and love. Like Maps, Google Assistant, and the new Google Wallet.
Google says you’ll need a Google account and an Android device running on 8.0 or later to use the Pixel Watch. Which means no iOS compatibility. That being said, if you’re using an iPhone the Apple Watch is probably a better bet for a smartwatch anyways, thanks to all the integrated features.
Google didn’t share any information about price or specifics on models and other features or specifications. You can however tell that it will come with at least a few different colors for the bands, based on the screenshots below taken from the developer conference livestream.