Surprise! Report calls for Google to unveil a Pixel Watch next week

Surprise! Report calls for Google to unveil a Pixel Watch next week
With the next Made by Google event taking place next Tuesday, it seemed that Pixel fans would be disappointed once again by Google's decision not to release a Pixel Watch. However, the Nikkei Asian Review reports today that there could be a major surprise coming in the form of the Google Pixel Watch. Not too many details have been released about the smartwatch except that it will no doubt run Google's Wear OS. A source cited by the Japanese publication states that at the event Google will not only unveil the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL but will also take the wraps off of a Pixel 4 5G, a new notebook and a smartwatch.

Last year, there was talk that Google would introduce its first smartwatch, but the device failed to appear during the 2018 Made by Google event. At the time, it appeared that Google was just not satisfied with Wear OS. But the prospects for a Pixel Watch brightened in January when Google spent $40 million to buy "innovative" smartwatch intellectual property from Fossil. An executive from Fossil said at the time that the IP purchased by Google was "based on something out of our timeline, it's new to the market technology and we think it's a product that has features and benefits that aren't in the category today."

There are several reasons to believe that Google will unveil a Pixel Watch next week


Eight months later, it was discovered that the IP covered technology for hybrid smartwatches; these are timepieces that look like a traditional watch but have smartwatch functionality. This technology was dubbed "Diana," a mash-up for Di-gital and Ana-log. The technology purchased by Google from Fossil doesn't appear to have anything to do with a Pixel Watch, but that didn't stop the rumor mill from working overtime after the Google-Fossil deal was first announced; in fact, a codename for the Pixel Watch (medaka) surfaced not terribly long afterward. And in April, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a patent it had awarded to Google for a clasp that would allow smartwatch users to quickly change the band on their timepiece. 


As the days went on and the Made by Google event got closer and closer, published reports indicated that there would not be a Pixel Watch released this year. But today's news flash out of Japan contradicts those who have been calling for another year to pass before a Google Pixel Watch surfaces. And as it turns out, those familiar with the Google-Fossil deal say that Google wasn't really interested in the IP as it was in acquiring the 20 engineers that came over from Fossil in the transaction; that would seem to be a sign that perhaps we will see a Pixel Watch take the stage in New York City this year.

With Google looking to make the Pixel 4 series strong competitors to the Apple iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy S and Note lines in the states, this would seem to be a very good time to launch a Pixel Watch. If this device does exist, will it be able to match the Apple Watch and the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 by including both a heart rate monitor and an electrocardiogram (ECG)? The latter monitors the wearer's heart for abnormal rhythms that could be the sign of atrial fibrillation (AFib). AFib can lead to blood clots, strokes, heart failure, and death.

Even though we already seem to know everything about the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL through leaks and Google's own confirmations, the possibility that we could see Google's first smartwatch next week adds an air of anticipation to Tuesday's event that was lacking. Now, the Made by Google event is a must-see live stream.

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25 Comments

1. Vancetastic

Posts: 1533; Member since: May 17, 2017

If they price this like an Apple watch, it's DOA.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7430; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Why would they. As a matter of fact every Android Wear OEM gives you by default stainless steel casings. Where as Apple made stainless steel a premium upgrade, and charges an extra $150 more. If you want a stainless steel band then Apple charges a lot more again. You can buy a stainless steel Fossil smart watch for the same price or even less than Apple charges for an Aluminum Apple watch with a plastic band. Yet the Fossil comes with a stainless steel case and band. You want an Apple watch with a stainless steel case and band, then you are looking at another $300 add on top of the base Apple watch price.

8. Vancetastic

Posts: 1533; Member since: May 17, 2017

I did say "if", Captain Rant.

11. Venom

Posts: 3690; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You do know that 3rd party bands exist right? I'm not even sure where you are getting your prices from because there are so many ways to get an affordable Apple Watch.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7430; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

First of all if you have an Android smartphone. Then why would you even think about an Apple watch, period. Especially when Apple and their Apple watch don't support Android smartphones. So you can take that Apple Watch and put it somewhere that we don't care about. As far as prices. Well you can go on Apples own website, and check the prices there yourself. Are you trying to look foolish Venom?

14. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2431; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

"As a matter of fact every Android Wear OEM gives you by default stainless steel casings." This is an unequivocally false statement. The following Android Wear watches do not come standard with stainless steel casings: Michael Kors Access MKGO Misfit Vapor X Casio Pro Trek TicWatch E2 And even though you only mentioned Android Wear, it should be noted that not even Samsung offers stainless steel by default. They also charge $150 more for the stainless steel version.

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7430; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Dr. Phill you literally take everything to heart about your Apple Watch crap. Especially in an Android Wear article. The Michael Kors MKGO are steel cased instead of having a stainless steel case, and they come with a cheaper silicone band. Yet the vast majority of Michael Kors smart watches are stainless steel, and each watch that is advertised is the price that they come with their materials. Apple watches are not like that. Apple goes out of their way to purposely charge more for steel, period. Not one of the Android Wear OEMs do that. Hey why not list the vast majority of TicWatch's? Hmmm. Is it because they are all steel. Like the TicWatch C2 models, or the different TicWatch pro's models are all steel. I guess I should have said when an Android Wear OEM sells a steel smart watch, they don't go out of their way to inflat the prices of their smart watches because of a inexpensive material called steel. Too bad you, and the other low minded Apple zealots that up voted you couldn't figure that out Dr. Phil.

27. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2431; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

You’re joking right? Michael Kors stainless steel watches are $500+ devices. Try again.

2. swarai

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 07, 2014

They need to bring features that apple or Samsung have not thought of yet

4. Venom

Posts: 3690; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Yes. Differentiate it. The biggest advantage of Samsung is that I can still use it with my Pixel 3A XL unlike the Apple Watch which is limited to Apple products.

5. gadgetpower

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

And you expect to use apple watch with android phones? Where’s the exclusivity and ecosystem.

6. Vancetastic

Posts: 1533; Member since: May 17, 2017

I don't even know where to start with this. Venom is exactly correct here. Your rebuttal makes zero sense.

10. Venom

Posts: 3690; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Exactly. This would give Apple an opportunity to reach a market that Samsung doesn't quite have much of a foothold in.

9. Venom

Posts: 3690; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Could you imagine if Google services were exclusive to just Android users? That would mean more users for Apple to target that other smartwatch makers can't compare plus the Apple Watch is pretty much going to be the best thing available. Heck Apple already makes it where it doesn't even have to be hooked up to a phone to be connected to the cellular network, so why not?

3. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2431; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

If Google really wanted to make a big splash and gain huge market share in a short amount of time they would 1.) Make it so that the watch works with both iOS and Android 2.) Sell it like they used to sell the Nexus - at a loss in order to gain more users. Price it at $150 and hook people in. You may lose money upfront but if you can convince people you have a better product they’ll be more likely to spend an extra $50 for gen 2 and so on.

23. TBomb

Posts: 1560; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I don't know if it's up to Google/OEMs if their watches work with iOS. Syncing is one thing, but access to phone calls and other apps/features may be harder to get a hold of for them - on purpose. I don't know how accurate I am though...

12. MsPooks

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Unlike Android, there's precious little to differentiate WearOS watches, other than style. Does anybody think Google will design something better than Fossil? Sorry, but WearOS is a joke at this point.

15. bilalb

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 15, 2019

Google better make a good processor for their wearOS device

16. LiveFaith

Posts: 484; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

I own a 1 year old Fossil Wear OS watch. If Google doesn't do some serious work on this OS then this is nothing more than another sluggish and half-arsed DOA watch. My original Moto 360 from like 4 years ago functioned exactly as well as my new Wear OS watch. Google has a lot of warts to deal with in my experience. How did Google have a 1-2 year head start on Apple only to flat out be blown by when the 1st Apple Watch arrived?

26. photo3

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

I never noticed any real improvement in performance from my Sony android wear watch to my Huawei sport. Actually I liked the Sony for the high visibility during daylight. I think android should look to Samsung who got basically everything right with the frontier but then in my opinion has gone backwards since then. Apple Watch is like taking all the things Samsung got right and then adding much more and deeper connection with the os. I actually like garmin watches with android the best currently.

17. Alcyone

Posts: 469; Member since: May 10, 2018

Gotta hand it to Google. Attempting to get into the watch business is real risky at this point. Apple will never have a true competitor in the segment. I remember buying my s2 classic 3g from t mobile during a fire sale. Flat $100. Waited for the s3 it's to hit a fire sale, but it never surfaced. Least not that i found. Shows that Samsung got a little foothold. Get people hooked at a lower initial price. Next, slowly raise pricing and make some refinements. Google needs to follow that route. But, wear os has a long ways to go to be of any real use. Imo, dump wear and get licensing with Samsung for tizen.

18. CEDEOTB

Posts: 439; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

About damn time

19. surethom

Posts: 1715; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

So hope so but would not get your hopes up. I bet Google is waiting for the new Qualcomm chip launching early next year, that's a proper smartwatch chip not like the 3100.

22. tokuzumi

Posts: 1925; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Kind of interested. I'm debating whether I want to replace my Galaxy Gear S2 Pro. Other than being scratched up, it's working fine. With this being a Pixel, it will probably be expensive, and the decision will be made for me. Wouldn't be surprised if this was in the $350-400 range.

24. TBomb

Posts: 1560; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I'd be very surprised if the watch is a) real and announced AND b) it's in that range.

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