We’ve been hearing rumors about Google’s Pixel Watch for years, but it finally looks like pieces for the project are finally falling into place. An alleged rendering of the device shared by Evan Blass on at 91Mobiles Joining previous leaks and rumors, it shows a device with a familiar circular design, physical crown and Fitbit integration.
Of course, there is also a lot lacking in the render. The image does not include the watch’s lugs (which would show how the band will fit to the face) or give any idea of the overall construction. However, if the image looks a little funny, it might be because of the watch’s rumorless design (also seen in mock-up renders shared by Jon Prosser last year).
Interestingly, however, we to have Seen a smartwatch design that looks like this from Google before: the LG Watch Style, which LG co-designed with the tech giant and released in 2017 to show off Android Wear 2.0. It has the same simplicity of lines and crown placement – although of course we hope for a much sleeker look five years later.
As my colleague Victoria Song argued in a recent piece, 2022 looks like the year Google will give another big push in wearables. The company has been investing in the smartwatch space for years, buying Fitbit and parts of Fossil in 2019 and dripping Android Wear updates, but it was slow and decidedly outsmarted by Apple.
We hope Google will unveil the Pixel Watch at next month’s I/O developer conference, but, as Song points out, there are still a lot of questions to answer: “Will the Pixel Watch focus primarily on fitness and wellness or will it “Include more smart features like LTE connectivity? Will this work equally well with all Android phones or will it prioritize Google’s own Pixel ecosystem? What about iOS?” Stay informed The edge to find out more.