Google Pixel-branded smartwatches running Wear OS to launch in fall

Isaac Cain
May 11, 2018

Famed leakster Evan Blass revealed on Twitter that Google would be expanding its Pixel hardware range to include to new Pixel Watch. These Pixel-branded smartwatches will be powered by Wear OS, the re-branded Android Wear platform. This is Qualcomm's first new Wear OS chipset since the launch of the Wear 2100 back in 2016. Through the tweet, he cited, a reliable source has confirmed the existence along with the release dates of both of these PIxel phones in the near future.

Mature director of wearables in Qualcomm, Pankaj Kedia, formerly said that the chipset maker is hard at work using a next-gen chip for forthcoming smartwatches.

Last year LG and Google released what was meant to be a reference smartwatch which was not well received. Perhaps a Pixel watch could serve as that showcase.

So far we know nothing about the hardware or software changes made in the upcoming flagship.

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Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL was the best smartphones from the search giant. The devices' rumoured codenames are "Triton", "Ling" and "Sardine". If Google's aiming for the ideal device, they might well just have three devices in development until a final one or two are selected.

Mind you, these aren't Pixel-branded smartwatches. While all three watches will be equipped with LTE, VoLTE and Global Positioning System support, only a few will sport fitness tracking features like heart rate sensors and stress & fatigue monitors.

Health will also be a focus, with the smartwatches set to feature step tracking and a baked-in heart rate monitor, WinFuture reports. Things are definitely going on in the background, with major players making sure that the wearable market becomes more relevant and that Apple is not the only one that ends up taking a sizable piece of the pie.

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