Google is finally making its own in-house smartwatch set to launch in 2022, according to a person familiar with the matter and a new report from Initiated.
While Google has been making its own smartphones for years under the Pixel line (which has since spread to other accessories, like wireless headphones), the company has never designed its own smartwatch, despite the fact that Google has since had a portable platform for Android. 2014.
The watch is worked by Google’s Pixel hardware group separately from Fitbit, which Google bought for $ 2.1 billion earlier this year. According to Initiatedreport, the upcoming new Google Watch – it’s unclear whether Google will actually call it a ‘Pixel Watch’ – will play roughly the same role as Pixel phones for Android: an example for consumers and partners hardware of what Google’s software is really capable of when it has the right hardware. The device is expected to cost more than a Fitbit and compete more directly with the Apple Watch, according to the one on board The source.
The watch will have basic fitness tracking features including step counting and a heart rate monitor, with Google also working on launching a Fitbit integration into Wear OS (codenamed “Nightlight”) with the new watch when launched.
Google is currently in the midst of the latest reinvention of its smartwatch platform with Wear OS 3. Unlike previous versions of Wear OS (or Android Wear), Wear OS 3 was developed in partnership with Samsung, merging the platform. Tizen form in that of Google. . But so far, Wear OS 3 has only launched on Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4, which runs a heavily customized version of the new operating system that skips most of Google’s services and apps for Samsung.
Google had almost had a “Pixel Watch” in the past, according to a 2019 report. The LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style, released in 2017, were originally slated to be marketed as part of the Pixel brand, but a employee declared Initiated that Google hardware boss Rick Osterloh dismissed the idea because they “didn’t look like what belonged to the Pixel family.” The two devices did not impress us upon their release.
However, the announcement of a connected watch designed by Google comes as no total surprise. Osterloh said the one on board Dieter Bohn earlier this year that an internal Wear OS was already on the horizon, noting at the time that Google’s acquisition of Fitbit was still “quite early in the integration”. Osterloh mentioned that “you will see them [the Fitbit team] building wearable devices on Wear OS in the future, ”with the team already“ at work on this, ”although it’s unclear whether Osterloh was referring to the Rohan watch or a different future product.