Google confirms it won’t be launching a ‘Pixel Watch’ this year
Recently Google announced its third major upgrade to its Android Wear operating system for wearables. The rebranded Wear OS was showcased by Google at the IFA 2018 tradeshow. Android fans and Pixel fanatics are going to be really disappointed because the giant has confirmed it won’t be releasing a rumored ‘Pixel Watch’ this year. This ends months of speculation that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be accompanied by a Pixel Watch in October this year.
In an interview with Toms Guide, Google’s director of engineering Miles Barr said that the company does not plan to launch its own smartwatch this year.
“To think of a one-size-fits-all watch, I don’t think we’re there yet. Our focus is on our partners for now,” Barr was quoted as saying.
“Our Google Pixel line of phones is the best experience and Google’s take on it, so I imagine we would focus heavily on the (Google) Assistant to integrate AI and machine learning into the device, which is Google’s forte,” he added.
Tech news sites have been in a frenzy over the past few months over what many believed was proof that the company planned to launch its own competitor to the Apple Watch. Earlier this year, popular leakster Evan Blass tweeted that Google would be releasing the Google Pixel smartwatch in October, alongside the launch of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
Ronald Quandt of Winfuture.de reported that there would be three variants of the so-called Google Pixel watch. Furthermore, all three models of the Pixel Watch will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 which will likely to be introduced on September 10.
At the moment, Google is focused on working with smartwatch makers like Fossil and Casio while improving the “Wear Operating System (OS). At IFA 2018, Skygen, Diesel, and Casio had launched new smartwatches, running Wear OS. All of those watches running an old Qualcomm chipset, however.
“We’re evolving the design of Wear OS by Google to help you get the most out of your time – providing quicker access to your information and notifications, more proactive help from the Google Assistant, and smarter health coaching – all with a swipe of your finger,” Google said in a blog post.