Google’s new Pixel Watch has a stunning design and a lot to love, but one feature that many are excited about won’t arrive until next year. The new Wear OS 3 watch will be available starting next week, but buyers will have to wait to take advantage of one of its best features.
Of course, we are talking about fall detection. Google showed off the potentially life-saving feature on stage, but quickly mentioned that it’s coming to the Pixel Watch “in 2023,” and that’s all we know.
The popular Apple Watch has a similar feature, which you can enjoy on the Apple Watch Series 8, not to mention the rugged new Apple Watch Ultra.
It’s worth noting that Google’s new Pixel Watch still has several great features. For one, it will offer the redesigned Home app, which will allow users to control smart home devices from their wrists. Additionally, Google built in an emergency SOS mode, where you can instantly call for help and alert trusted contacts and authorities if needed.
While Google’s emergency SOS mode is great, it’s unfortunate that fall detection isn’t available out of the box. This is likely because Google needs more time to refine the system so it doesn’t kick in when it shouldn’t.
The fall detection will recognize a hard fall when you are wearing the watch. If you’re unresponsive or the fall is hard enough, your Pixel Watch can automatically alert specific contacts and even call for help. Users can cancel the alert with an on-screen prompt, as shown above, but that’s about all we know.
Google didn’t talk much about it onstage, and all we really know is that it’s coming sometime next year. I have a feeling that Google will also release its “Pixel Drop” software updates for the watch, giving users useful features over time.
So get your Pixel Watch from the link below, then stay tuned for more details.