Once again, the Google Pixel Watch fails to appear

Once again, the Google Pixel Watch fails to appear
Well, there was no "just one more thing" moment during today's Made by Google event. And that meant that there would be no Google Pixel Watch introduced this year. Earlier this year, when Google spent $40 million to purchase intellectual property from smartwatch manufacturer Fossil, there was fresh hope that we would see the long-awaited Google designed smartwatch. But the patents changing hands were reportedly related to hybrid timepieces; these have the look of a traditional watch but also have many of the capabilities of a smartwatch. Word that Google was more interested in the 20 engineers it picked up from Fossil in the transaction gives us hope that the 2020 Made by Google event will include a Pixel Watch.

Last year's failure to reveal a Pixel Watch was said to be due to Google's lack of confidence in Wear OS. And for all we know, this could still be the reason why the device was a no show again this year. Yet, last week's report from the Nikkei Asian Review cited a source who said that Google would be introducing its first smartwatch at today's event. In addition, the same source said that Google would reveal a 5G version of the Pixel 4 which also didn't make an appearance today.

If the software is indeed the problem, Google really must not be satisfied with Wear OS. A smartwatch would tie in with its plan to put Assistant everywhere. In fact, the company announced today that it has added the virtual assistant to the latest version of its Wi-Fi router. While fans of Google's ecosystem certainly have a number of Wear OS smartwatches to choose from, many are looking for that special feature that only Google-as the manufacturer of the watch and the developer of the software-can provide. While being first in line to receive Android updates might attract these fans to the Pixel handsets, this is not going to work for a Pixel-branded smartwatch. Perhaps Google's failure to come up with this special feature is what holds it back from releasing a Pixel Watch.

So now all we can do is look ahead to next year. The good news is that Google appears to relish leaking its own devices. If a Pixel Watch is indeed being prepped for 2020's Made by Google event, the first word of it will probably come from Google itself telling us that "it's time."

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9 Comments

1. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2474; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I think at this point manufacturers should adopt Tizen like Samsung. If more manufacturers adopt Tizen then they can all work together to bring more features to the OS.

3. Feanor

Posts: 1410; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Does anyone know if Samsung is licensing Tizen to others? I'm inclined to think that this is not the case and that Wear OS is more or less the only option for smartwatch manufactures other than Apple and Samsung. Otherwise I think that there would already be non-Samsung Tizen smartwatches.

8. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2474; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Tizen isn't owned by Samsung. It's an open source software run by the Linux Foundation. Anyone can use it. Samsung just develops it's own apps for use on Tizen which may not be available for other manufacturers to use. However, I'm sure Samsung would be willing to partner with another manufacturer if it meant they could get some kind of benefit.

6. Alcyone

Posts: 533; Member since: May 10, 2018

Lol. I've been thinking the same thing for a long while. Whats stopping them is most likely Samsungs asking price for licensing, thats if they'd even be willing too. Google does have the means to take Wear past Tizen, but thats gonna take a whole lot of money to pay the software designers and time to really test the thing.

9. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2474; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

As I've explained above, Tizen isn't Samsung's to license out. It's run by the Linux Foundation. The only thing Samsung has that other manufacturers automatically could not use is the apps they've devleoped for Tizen or how they've created Tizen to work on a smartwatch.

2. Carlitos

Posts: 679; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Yes tizen just seems like a better overall option

4. surethom

Posts: 1729; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Anyone that was expecting the pixel watch announcement today was living in a dream world. If one does exist it will be waiting for the new Qualcomm watch chip that's being released sometime next year.

5. Feanor

Posts: 1410; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Well, the article gives the answer; a Pixel Watch still makes no sense, because there is no unique feature that it can bring to the market; Wear OS is a bit buggy and performs poorly on the dated Snapdragon platform that is forced to run on, but all that would be an issue on a Pixel Watch too. If there were a better processor available and Google optimized the system, this would benefit equally all Fossil Group, Movado, TAG Heuer etc. smartwatches and once again a Pixel watch would have nothing special to offer. The Pixel line of phones shows the Google vision about Android, when the other Android manufacturers take advantage of the open-source nature and deviate considerably from the Google way. But with Wear OS being closed system, there isn't much a Pixel watch would offer in comparison to what the other Wear OS smartwatches offer. Whatever new that it could potentially bring to the table would be immediately adopted (and probably bested in design) by the more experienced in watchmaking brands.

7. MsPooks

Posts: 206; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Ah...maybe next year!

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