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Pixel Watch is Google’s long-awaited Apple Watch competitor


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Google held its annual Google I/O event on Wednesday, and amidst the sea of ​​new software and hardware announcements, we got our first glimpse of the long-awaited Pixel Watch.

The Pixel Watch doesn’t have a firm release date yet, just sometime this fall. However, it looks exactly like the claimed prototype that was discovered in April. While most Wear OS watches have followed traditional watch designs, especially on Fossil Group models, the Pixel Watch is much closer to the Apple Watch. The screen curves down and around the sides, with a digital crown on the right side for scrolling. However, unlike the Apple Watch, it is round.

Google didn’t share any technical details about the watch, but teaser images and video confirm that the Pixel Watch will use proprietary wrist straps. That’s a shame, considering that Wear OS watches from Fossil and Samsung can use standard watch straps, which means thousands of styles to choose from across a wide price range. Google said in a blog post that the Pixel Watch will use “our next version” of the company’s Tensor System-on-a-Chip (SoC).

We also know that the Pixel Watch will ship with Wear OS 3 out of the box, which currently remains exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 series. We haven’t seen what an uncustomized build of Wear OS 3 looks like yet, outside of emulator images. that Google provides to developers to test applications.

Google has been working on its own smartwatch for years, but the company scrapped its previous attempts before they were announced. Business Insider reported that Google was planning to release a watch alongside the original Google Pixel phone in 2016, but it was reportedly so disappointing that it was canceled a few months before launch.

More details about the Pixel Watch will be revealed “in the coming months.” You can sign up to receive availability notifications on the Google Store.

Source: Google Blog

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