Google’s Pixel smartwatch is one of the most anticipated units on the horizon even though it’s not a verified product, and a new report makes us even more eager to see what’s coming.
The rumored Pixel Watch will apparently be powered by a Samsung Exynos chip and support Google Assistant, according to a report from 9to5Google claiming to have found a “PIXEL_EXPERIENCE_WATCH” tag in a Google app.
As the site notes, previous Pixel phones included similar feature tags that told apps when to deliver Pixel-exclusive features. If the upcoming smartwatch actually has its own feature tag, it suggests that it will receive features you can’t find on other watches.
Hold on though, because it only gets better from here. The folks at 9to5Google also found references to “Rohan”, the codename associated with Pixel Watch, and tied them to the next generation Assistant or the latest version of Google Assistant that debuted in Pixel 4. The advantage of using the next generation assistant is that speech can processed directly on your device in reality time so you can quickly open apps, translate speech to text or perform various functions offline.
As it stands, the latest version of Google’s watch OS, Wear OS 3, still lacks an assistant completely (the poor Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is dependent on Bixby).
Between finding a feature tag that contains “PIXEL” and seeing what has been a Pixel-exclusive feature at this point, 9to5Google seems pretty convinced that Google’s next watch will actually be called the Pixel Watch (as it has been rumors). This comes just a few weeks after one Business Insider report said it was “unclear” what brand Google would use if it decided to release the watch at all.
And while there is still a bit of doubt as to whether this thing will ever arrive, we have a pretty good idea of what it will look like if it does. Again, 9to5Google dug something, but this time it looked through the Wear OS 3 emulator and found a dial that seems to give us an insight into Pixel Watch’s design.
A graphic it found shows a round dial with a prominent crown. On the display is a curved light bar in Google colors (red, yellow, green, blue). Although we do not know for sure, this is very similar to the kind of icon that would appear when you call Google Assistant.
It is worth noting that the image found in the emulator is similar to the generic watch icon Google used in its Wear OS 3 message, and the addition of a push button differs from leaks we have seen so far.
If that was not enough juicy Pixel Watch leaks, we’re getting another one thanks to 9to5Google, which claims to have “seen evidence to suggest” that the Pixel Watch will be powered by a Samsung Exynos processor instead of Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon Wear 4100 Plus chip. Google and Samsung worked together on Wear OS 3, so it would make sense for them to share hardware.
It’s possible that Google’s upcoming watch will be powered by the same Samsung Exynos W920 found on the Galaxy Watch 4, but like everything else in this latest rumor batch, we can not say for sure until Google confirms that this thing is genuine .