Did the Pixel Watch's codename just surface?
As you might know, Google uses fish derived codenames for its products. Spotted on an Android Open Source Project (AOSP) web site (see image at the bottom of this article) by a Swiss Twitter user (via Android Police) are indications that the next two Made by Google products are known as "salmon" and "medaka." The tweet goes on to say that neither device has a notch, and the "medaka" is probably the rumored Pixel Watch.
Pixel 3 Lite and Google Pixel 3 Lite XL. Some have also speculated that these could be code for the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, both of which should be unveiled this October.These two codenames join with "Bonito" and "Sargo" to give us four possible new products to expect from the search giant. The latter two could be the rumored
Last October, some were expecting Google to unveil the Pixel Watch during its most recent Made by Google event; this didn't pan out. Miles Barr, Google's director of engineering for Wear OS, said that the company was working on improving the OS and helping its partners get their smartwatches out.
If we do see a Pixel Watch, it probably will come at the same time that Google unveils a revamped and more capable version of Wear OS to help make the Pixel Watch a worthy competitor to the Apple Watch (which runs Apple's watchOS) and the Samsung Galaxy Watch (powered by Sammy's own Tizen operating system). Seeking to build up Wear OS, Google recently spent $40 million to buy innovative smartwatch IP from Fossil. The purchase covers technology that reportedly is "new to the market."
A couple of days later, Google parent Alphabet received FDA approval for an electrocardiogram scanner found on its Verily Study Watch. The timepiece is not sold to consumers without a prescription, and is used in numerous medical studies (hence its name). This could mean that ECG monitoring, which is the breakout feature on the Apple Watch series 4, will be offered as a native function on a future version of Wear OS, or it could be a capability found on an upcoming Pixel Watch.