Google’s Pixel smartwatch is one of the most anticipated devices on the horizon despite the fact that the product has not been confirmed, and the new report makes us even more eager to see what’s coming.
The Pixel Watch will reportedly run the Samsung Exynos chip and support Google Assistant, according to report from 9to5Google who claims to have found the “PIXEL_EXPERIENCE_WATCH” feature tag inside a Google app.
As the website notes, previous Pixel phones contained similar feature labels that told apps when to provide features exclusive to Pixel. If the upcoming smartwatch really has its own feature label, that would suggest it will get features you can’t find on other watches.
Still, wait, because it’s only getting better from here. People from 9to5Google also found references to “Rohan”, a code name associated with Pixel Watch, and linked them to the next generation Assistant or the latest version of Google Assistant that debuted in Pixel 4. The advantage of using Next Generation Assistant is that speech can process directly on your device in real life time, which allows you quickly open applications, translate speech into text, or perform various functions offline.
As it stands now, the latest version of Google’s watch OS, Wear OS 3, still completely lacks an assistant (poor Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 relies on Bixby).
Between finding the feature tag that contains “PIXEL” and noticing what has been an exclusive feature for Pixel so far, 9to5Google seems pretty confident that Google’s next watch will indeed be called Pixel Watch (as rumored). It comes just a few weeks after a Business Insider Report he said it was “unclear” which brand Google would use if he decided to drop the watch at all.
And while there remains a fraction of doubt as to whether this thing will ever arrive, we have a pretty good idea of what it will look like if it comes. Again, 9to5Google dug a little, but this time it reviewed the Wear OS 3 emulator and found a dial that seems to give us an insight into the design of the Pixel Watch.
One graphic she found shows the round face of a watch with a prominent crown. The screen has a curved light bar in Google colors (red, yellow, green, blue). Although we don’t know for sure, this looks very much like an icon that would appear when you call Google Now.
It is worth noting that the image found in the emulator looks like a generic clock icon used by Google in its announcement for Wear OS 3, and the addition of a push button deviates from leaks we’ve seen so far.
If that wasn’t enough juicy Pixel Watch leaks, we got another courtesy of 9to5Google, who claims to have “seen evidence to suggest” that the Pixel Watch will run a Samsung Exynos processor instead of Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon Wear 4100 Plus chip. Google and Samsung have been working together on Wear OS 3 so it would make sense to share the hardware.
It’s possible that Google’s upcoming watch will run the same Samsung Exynos W920 found in the Galaxy Watch 4, but like everything else in this latest series of rumors, we can’t say for sure until Google confirms this is real.