Google Pixel Watch release date, price, news, and leaks 2021

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Google Pixel Watch release date, price, news, and leaks 2021

We might see Wear OS shown off to its full potential when the long-rumored Google Pixel Watch finally launches, but it doesn’t look like it will be on our wrists anytime soon. Rumors alleged that Google was hard at work making its own smartwatch to demonstrate the true potential of Wear OS just like the company had done releasing the Google Pixel phones to show off Android, but so far, we haven’t seen a Google-branded wearable.

One leak even suggested it would be announced alongside the Google Pixel 4, but that didn’t happen. Yet rumors and evidence of the Google Pixel Watch refuse to disappear, so it could well be in the works.

Below we’re going to break down everything we know so far about the new watch, including our thoughts on whether it will ever actually happen. Then, further down, we’ve put together a list of the features we’d like from the first flagship Google watch.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The first flagship watch designed by Google
  • What will it cost? Probably a high-end cost, but no specifics yet
  • When is it out? No idea

Google Pixel Watch release date and price

An exact release date for the rumored Google Pixel Watch isn’t clear. The latest rumor we heard claimed October 15 2020 at the Pixel 4 launch, but that didn’t happen. Prior to that, our first rumor of a release date came in a tweet from noted leaker Evleaks claiming a “reliable source” said it would be announced alongside the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL back in 2018.

google itself then confirmed there wouldn’t be a Pixel Watch in 2018. So could that mean we’ll see one in a later year? Maybe, but nothing is guaranteed. Perhaps the greatest recent evidence of a Pixel Watch is the fact that Google is buying Fitbit – which could see the latter company’s wearable skills put towards Google smartwatch hardware, but that deal hasn’t quite closed yet, and therefore a smartwatch based on Fitbit’s tech is probably unlikely to land in the near future.

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Google Pixel Watch release date, price, news, and leaks 2021

We’ve also heard that Google has reportedly ordered processors from Samsung (according to ETNews) which would be capable of detecting body movements. There’s no guarantee that these are for a smartwatch (they could be for a Pixel phone) but a wearable would be an obvious fit. That, then, is strong evidence that some form of Pixel Watch is in the works, though it seems that Samsung still needs to design these processors (as of August 2020) and as Wareable notes, that would mean they won’t likely ship in a watch for quite a while yet.

Prior to all that though a report from WinFuture about three versions of the Google Pixel Watch said the device has reached its second level of design verification, which is a test to see if the device would be easy to mass-produce.  That suggests the watch design will be final enough to be put onto the production line in the near future – this report is old now, so it might be inaccurate. 

Google Pixel Watch release date, price, news, and leaks 2021

However, a codename has also been spotted for a device called medaka. A medaka is a tiny fish (Google always uses codenames of sea creatures for its products) and the device is said to not sport a notch so some have taken this to mean it’s the Pixel Watch.

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That’s a fairly old leak too though. At the time of writing (January 2021) we’d say it’s likely Google is or was working on a smartwatch, but that we’re probably not likely to see one launch any time soon. As for price, we don’t currently have any idea how much this watch will cost. Considering the Pixel range is usually high-end products with generally flagship-level prices, we’d expect that but we don’t currently have any evidence supporting it. 

Google Pixel Watch news and rumors

In terms of spec, there isn’t much known about the Google Pixel Watch. We can expect this to be a high-end device that uses the latest technology in smartwatches, but what that will be won’t be known until we hear leaks of the product.

The latest news at the time of writing is a Google patent, which details a gesture control system that would allow a smartwatch to detect movements you make with your arm, wrist or fingers.

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Google Pixel Watch release date, price, news, and leaks 2021

For example, you could make a fist to launch Google Assistant and open the fist to dismiss it. These gestures would be done on the arm or hand that the watch is worn on. However, patents aren’t always used, so there’s no guarantee we’ll see this.Advertisement

There could also be a big focus on fitness, both because Google is buying Fitbit, and because Google sent out a survey asking people about features they’d like to see in Wear OS, and those features included things like SPO2 (oxygenation) tracking, sleep apnea detection, sleep analysis, heartbeat alerts, recovery time monitoring, stress tracking, pairing for medical devices and gym equipment, rep detection, and calorie tracking.

Of course, it’s unlikely they would all be added, but some may well be, and it shows that Google is thinking about health and fitness.

As for specs, the Pixel Watch is likely to run Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset that will mean improvements to battery life and more power for running your favorite apps on your wrist. That said, with any luck it will use something even newer, as the 3100 is getting on a bit now and a successor is overdue.

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Google Pixel Watch release date, price, news, and leaks 2021

One rumored feature was something  codenamed ‘Blackghost’. It was thought to be be a power management integrated circuit built into the chipset itself that will allow the watch to listen out for voice commands at all times without draining the battery.

That isn’t a feature on the Snapdragon Wear 3100, but it may be Google has found a way to make it an exclusive feature for the Pixel Watch when it launches – or that the watch will indeed use a newer chipset. 

If so, expect to be able to ask Google Assistant questions without either draining your smartwatch after a few hours or having to press a button beforehand.

Another report – this time from WinFuture – has suggested there may actually be three versions of the Pixel Watch in development. The website has heard the word of devices with code names Ling, Triton, and Sardine all in development at Google HQ. 

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Exactly what the differences for the devices would be are currently unclear. It may mean we’ll see three variants of the Pixel Watch. That same report also suggested at least one version of the watch will come with 1GB of RAM.Advertisement

This report could mean there will be one watch in the range with LTE or another that’s designed to be more focused on fitness, but so far we’ve yet to hear any rumors of what those different versions will be. This report is also quite old now, so it may no longer be relevant.

What we want to see

Below we’ve put together a list of the things we want to see from the Google Pixel Watch.

1. Rotating crown or bezel

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Before the switch to Wear OS, Android Wear 2.0 put a big focus on how the design had been reworked to play well with rotating bezels and crowns, but then we haven’t seen many watches embrace that. 

Why not use it for the Google Pixel Watch? Those features may be far in Google’s rear view mirror as the Wear OS updates take precedent, but we’d love to see an innovative way of interacting with the watch such as a rotating crown or bezel.

2. In-display fingerprint scanner

If Google really wants to put the Pixel Watch on the map, adding an in-display fingerprint scanner would go a long way to doing that. Currently Wear OS watches (and the Apple Watch) allow you to secure them with a PIN code – but that’s not the most secure form of protection available.

With an in-display fingerprint scanner, the secure biometric technology would fit seamlessly into the wearable without disrupting the visual appeal of the watch. It would also allow you to approve purchases over the current contactless limit (assuming the Pixel Watch comes with NFC).

There are a couple of potential negatives here though. Firstly, the addition of this fledgling technology could increase the thickness of the watch – and no one wants an overly chunky wearable – but secondly it’ll also likely push the price tag way up.

If Google can overcome these two things though, you can sign us up for a Pixel Watch right now.

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3. Swimproof


We’re used to smartwatches coming with a level of dust and water resistance, but few carry an IP certification high enough to ensure their survival when we cannonball into the local pool.

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A fully swim-proof Google Pixel Watch would not only allow you to keep the wearable on in the bath, but also allow you to track workouts in the pool without fear of malfunction.

4. Three day battery life

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This is a simple one, but we want the Google Pixel Watch to last as long as it can. Imagine a fully fledged smartwatch that doesn’t need charging after two days of intensive usage.

Wear OS is integrating a useful enhanced battery saver mode that should give you a lot more time with your smartwatch, but it’ll limit the amount of features you can use when it’s on.

Clearly Google wants to improve how long your watch will last from one charge, but we’d love to see a big battery inside the watch and well optimized software that offers the best battery for a smartwatch on the market right now.

5. NFC payments


Another simple one here, but quite a few Wear OS watches don’t come with NFC built in so you aren’t able to use Google Pay features on your wrist. That’s a frustration for a lot of people, so we’re hoping Google will include an NFC chip inside the watch.

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That’ll especially be useful when you’re out for a run and you need to buy a bottle of water, but you’ve left your wallet at home.

6. Best in class fitness

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While we’re on the topic of running, we want the Pixel Watch to compete with the fitness prowess of the Apple Watch 3 as well as top-end specialist watches like the Garmin Forerunner 935.

Imagine if Google can include all of the latest tracking tech including accurate GPS, LTE so we can listen to music on the go as well as a top of the range heart rate tracker.

We want to be able to strap the Google Pixel Watch to our wrist and head out for any type of exercise and know we’ll be tracked accurately and get as much fitness stats as we possibly can.

7. High-end watch design Pixel Watch

This one is a given, but we want to see a watch that you’re not embarrassed to wear on your wrist. Not every Wear OS watch is a gorgeous creation, so we wish Google will be able to offer a slimmer option than most other manufacturers that uses high-end materials and feels like a proper timepiece you’re excited to wear.

If you’re going to be spending a fair amount of money on a new watch, you’ll want it to look great on your wrist so this is one of the most important things we want to see on the new wearable.

Was the Pixel Watch cancelled?

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The latest bombshell as far as the Pixel Watch is concerned arrived in September, in the form of reports that the entire project was cancelled at late notice in 2016, putting the chances of a Pixel Watch releasing anytime in 2019 down to almost none.

A recent report from Business Insider indicates that the Pixel Watch was all set for a launch alongside the first Pixel phone back in 2016, but was pulled at the last minute as it didn’t live up to the standard Google was trying to set. Those watches, made with LG, were actually released as the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style in 2017.

Now, it’s not impossible that Google’s big hardware event on 15 October could still see an announcement of some sort on the watch front, but indications are that there’s nothing doing at this stage. That doesn’t mean the Pixel Watch is dead, though – it just means that Google had a major setback a few years ago, delaying its progress but not killing the project.

A smarter smartwatch Pixel Watch

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What could the watch project Google’s still working on actually look like? After it rebranded Android Wear to Wear OS, two of the goals Google outlined for the newly minted operating system were to make it smarter and better at health and fitness monitoring.

Google has brought Wear OS a smarter Google Assistant, capable of carrying out more tasks and requests. Since then it’s also been on a bit of a tear, putting Assistant into as many devices as possible. The critical success of the Pixel line of phones is partly built on how they utilize Assistant in features like Google Lens, and how AI is used to help take better photos.

A smartwatch with a better Google Assistant makes for a more proactive device. Dennis Troper, head of product for Wear OS, told Wareable that Google wants Assistant on Wear OS to anticipate how it can help before a command is issued. Think of this as the Pixel’s song identification feature. If there’s a song playing in the background, the song and artist will pop up automatically on your home screen – no need to Shazam it.

You can likely expect a Pixel Watch to show off how helpful Assistant can be on the wrist, setting an example for the rest of the Wear OS partners. It’d be nice if Google could use Assistant, Google Maps and a new health focus to do things like track runs, or recommend running spots or food places or whatever else, straight from your wrist.

Fit for deeper health tracking Pixel Watch

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Google has also improved how Wear OS handles fitness with Google Fit for both Android phone and iPhone users. There are two goals in Google’s system: Move Minutes and Heart Points. Move Minutes track how much activity you do, while Heart Points track how much intense activity you undertake.

Google has also apparently been working for some time on a new assistant called Google Coach, a proactive fitness coach that will analyze your health and fitness data to make better recommendations. This sounds like a very Pixel-y feature, and you can likely expect the Pixel Watch to at least have a heart rate sensor to take advantage of.

Google has a lot of avenues into the world of deeper health, especially with Verily Life Sciences also under the Alphabet umbrella. We saw Google and Nest come closer together to improve Assistant in the smart home world – perhaps we could see more collaboration between Google and Verily. In fact, we think there’s a chance Verily’s Study Watch, which received ECG clearance, could be a testbed for health features before a Google consumer watch.

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Works with iPhone? Pixel Watch

Wear OS is called Wear OS because Android Wear was a little confusing. The name made iPhone users feel like Android Wear smartwatches weren’t for them, when the opposite was true.

The big question for the Pixel Watch is whether it’ll also be fully compatible with iPhones, like the rest of the Wear OS clan, or whether it’ll come with a range of features that just work better with Android phones.

We saw a little hint of this with the Pixel Buds, which aren’t as interesting or useful when you pair them with an iPhone instead of a Google Pixel.

But with moves to improve support for software features like Google Fit, we’d like to think Google will let a Pixel Watch play nice with both of the world’s two biggest smartphone platforms.

Powered by new Qualcomm chips Pixel Watch

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 3100 smartwatch chip is the first it’s built from the ground up for smartwatches. There are several variations, with many including LTE and GPS.

The goal is to be able to better suit the needs of smartwatches, and that’s what this chip does, with more power, extended battery life, a better fitness experience and chips that allow for slimmer smartwatches.

WinFuture reported that the upcoming Pixel Watch would run on the Snapdragon 3100, and we’ve seen it in a variety of other watches from the likes of Fossil and others, so wouldn’t be surprised at all to see this one come true.

Changing up those bands Pixel Watch

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We can often look to patents to offers us hints as to what companies like Google have planned or are thinking about for future products. Back in April, Patently Apple spotted that the big G won a patent for a new watch band design that aims to make it easier to switch out bands on a smartwatch.

While, on the face of it, it might not be the most exciting thing to reveal that Google is exploring, it shows that it’s thinking about all aspects of the smartwatch experience.

Three Pixel Watches?

Pixel Watch investigation: Everything we know and what it needs to succeed

Back in 2018, reliable leaker Evan Blass first reported that Google would be launching a Pixel-branded smartwatch alongside the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Then WinFuture followed up with its own report saying it wouldn’t just be one Pixel Watch, but three.

While Google ended up not launching a Pixel Watch alongside the Pixel 3, it’s worth knowing that the three smartwatches are codenamed Ling, Triton, and Sardine – though it’s difficult to know what the differences between the three are.

More recently, the fish-based codenames salmon and medaka appeared on the Android Open Source Project website, a development platform for a wide variety of devices in different form factors. Fish-based names are often used for Google’s own devices, and it’s likely these are for smartwatches.

It’s possible that Google was planning three devices, but has since cut that down to two for reasons unknown. It could just be one device in two sizes, or it could be two different devices aimed at two different audiences – one for fitness and one for more casual use.

The Fossil deal Pixel Watch

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Google paid $40 million to Fossil for some secretive smartwatch technology. We got the scoop on exactly what Google bought from Fossil, and suffice to say it suggests that Google is indeed working on interesting smartwatch tech.

The tech Google acquired is a hybrid smartwatch movement built by Fossil, codenamed “Diana”, a portmanteau of “digital” and “analog” – this resulted in the Fossil Hybrid HR.

It also took 20 engineers from Fossil, and has the rights to produce various different versions of the Diana line, apparently, including some with and without screens.

Now, it could be that Google was simply a better fit to push this hybrid technology onwards and that Fossil wanted to get it off its hands. Or, perhaps, this is some tech that’s going to power the Pixel Watch.

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Is there a Google pixel watch?

In terms of spec, there isn’t much known about the Google Pixel Watch. … As for specs, the Pixel Watch is likely to run Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset that will mean improvements to battery life and more power for running your favorite apps on your wrist.

Is there a Google smartwatch?

Wear OS by Google Smartwatches

How much is the pixel watch?

The last major Google WearOS watches came from LG in the form of the Watch Style. Launched at $239 / £199, which is now down to around $100 / £99 today, and the Watch Sport ($349 / £260).

Pixel Watch
Pixel Watch

What smartwatch goes with Google Pixel?

The Ticwatch is compatible with a phone running Android 4.3+ or IOS 9+. And it can work with Google Pixel 2 XL. Great smartwatch!

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