The most recent version of Android Studio’s Wear OS 3 emulator showed off what look to be the watch faces for Google’s widely anticipated Pixel Watch. During Google I/O 2021 in May, the firm revealed an emulator for the next Wear smartwatch.
While Samsung has since released the Galaxy Watch 4, which was the first device to run on Wear OS 3, this smartwatch has a number of Samsung-specific changes. As it stands, other OEMs like Fossil and Mobvoi won’t have watched with Wear OS 3 until 2022. This leaves the emulator in Android Studio as the only way to find out what the stock version of Wear OS 3 on future watches. Over the past few months, Google has constantly updated this emulator with new apps and software.
Android Wear OS emulator has undergone a lot of modifications since we originally saw it in May, as Android aficionados on Reddit demonstrated last week. Our APK Insight team noticed a movie in the Wear OS 3 emulator files when digging further into this upgraded experience. The video purports to demonstrate a number of watch faces that will be available on a Wear OS device in the near future.
A total of 10 different watch faces are displayed, including one that prominently displays the Fitbit logo. More importantly, however, two of the watch faces, pictured below, were also seen in the Pixel Watch’s internal renderings which were shared by Front Page Tech on YouTube earlier this month. This strongly implies that this collection of watch faces is for the Google Pixel Watch which has been the subject of rumours for some time.
In this case, let’s take a closer look at each of the watch faces and what they have to offer. First, let’s take a look at a very simple dial that simply displays the time as numbers, in pleasant shades of pink. The second follows a similar design, but complications surround the time on three sides with information about the time, heart rate, and date. The third quadrant shown in both videos shows the time digitally, surrounding it with a pedometer that gradually fills a progression ring around the edge of the screen. Specifically, this watch face features a shoe icon next to the number of steps. The design of the shoe is identical to that used today in the Fitbit app to represent the number of steps.
The fourth face of the watch artistically represents a sort of landscape, with the primary colours of the design gradually changing as the sun sets in the sky. It is not clear whether the sun is moving according to the time of day, as the time displayed on the watch never changes. The following three quadrants all appear to be different from each other.
Each features the same design of a very thick hour hand, a thin minute hand and an even thinner seconds hand. The differences come from the number of complications: time, number of steps, etc. – displayed and how clock numbers are displayed, if applicable. The next dial displays the current time in the centre, as well as two rotating wheels representing minutes and seconds. The penultimate dial moves the watch out of the centre, with three complications displayed on the right side. The last watch face shown in the video is one of the most interesting, as it features a prominent Fitbit logo and uses a colour typically associated with this app.