There was a new slew of Pixel leaks to contend with, but this time it’s for a wristwatch rather than a phone. Over the last few weeks, evidence of the Pixel Watch existence and impending launch has leaked multiple times, with today’s being the most intriguing.
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Someone came across an engineering sample of Google’s upcoming smartwatch at a restaurant somewhere in the United States, according to a new report from Android Central — specifics are vague to protect the source — but the person had the wearable in their possession long enough to take photos of it from almost every conceivable angle. If the stolen photos are genuine, they confirm design renders that have been circulating since Jon Prosser’s FrontPageTech showed off a series of marketing graphics that were allegedly shared with retailers in December of last year. Business Insider revealed earlier this month that the watch, codenamed “Rohan,” will be available in 2022.
An almost bezel-free circular watch with a right-mounted rotating crown and a button nested above it in the glossy stainless steel frame is seen in this most recent batch of pictures. While the face size is unknown, the watch looks to have its own set of lugs for the watch bands, preventing it from being utilised with ordinary quick-release straps.
Fitbit, which is owned by Google, has a history of refusing to accept conventional watch bands, claiming that its unique quick-release mechanisms make it easier and faster for customers to switch bands for different contexts like workout and formal use. It’s unclear if the bands in the leaked photographs are sporting the final look. However, if they are, they appear to use a pair of plastic “teeth” that snap into the watch case on both sides.
A microphone hole appears below the crown, and a set of sensors on the rear of the watch, similar to those seen on the Fitbit Sense, include a heart-rate monitor and maybe oxygen saturation and skin temperature sensors.It’s unknown how the Pixel Watch charges, but considering the widespread use of magnetic Qi-based chargers in the market today, from the Apple Watch to Samsung’s Galaxy Watch range, it’s reasonable to assume the Pixel Watch will follow suit.
Although this unit appears to display the “G” Google logo, it does not appear to boot into Wear OS. As Google I/O is just over two weeks away, we’ll most certainly get our first glimpse at the features contained in the Pixel Watch’s improved Wear OS software.