In 2010, an engineering prototype of the iPhone 4 was left at a bar by an Apple engineer, giving the world a glimpse of the cellphone months forward of its official debut. Now, a check unit of Google’s upcoming Pixel Watch was reportedly left at a restaurant, and we now have what seems to be our first detailed have a look at the smartwatch from varied angles.
Thus far, the barrage of leak-based renders has painted the image of a spherical dial with a curved periphery. The brand new set of real-life pictures, which come courtesy of Android Central, exhibits a display screen that’s dramatically curved and imitates the “waterfall” curved screen aesthetics that smartphone makers like Vivo have been chasing a number of years in the past.
However given the huge glass curvature, Google simply may use the curved edges for flashing notification lights with out interrupting the on-screen content material. Relatedly, one other leaked image that appeared final week revealed the Pixel Watch’s dwelling display screen with some form of Fitbit (which Google owns) integration clearly seen.
It appears just like the case is metallic with a shiny end, and the sensor array is neatly organized in an oblong bar on the middle. The rotating crown additionally rocks a metallic end. There allegedly are two bodily buttons on the Pixel Watch’s fundamental physique — one on both aspect of the crown. It’s unclear if these buttons are for interacting with the person interface or for health-related options.
The Pixel Watch in query was apparently devoid of purposeful software program as urgent the buttons reportedly flashed solely the boot display screen with a ‘G’ brand. The unit, which might be “a testing mannequin for the Inside Pixel group,” additionally depends on proprietary connection factors for attaching a strap, similar to the Apple Watch. Which means consumers received’t be capable to simply purchase any customary 22mm strap for the Pixel Watch to match their type. The leaked dwell pictures present solely a blue strap that seems to be rubberized silicone, however extra coloration choices will doubtless be on the desk.
At the moment in growth beneath the codename Rohan, Google’s first smartwatch reportedly will depend on a customized chip that shares its DNA with Samsung’s Exynos household and can help mobile connectivity, too. Nonetheless, there isn’t any phrase relating to dimension and case materials choices.
The field by which the Pixel Watch was discovered states that the unit is for “inside testing and growth solely” and that it won’t be the ultimate design for the retail package deal. Nonetheless, it’s curious that somebody (learn: Google worker or contractor) would carry the packaging field publicly whereas secretly testing a highly-anticipated product.
Rumors recommend that the Pixel Watch will provide a supercharged model of Google Assistant, and which means sooner response occasions and a few unique options, similar to the Pixel smartphones. Whether or not it would bundle superior health-centric capabilities resembling electrocardiogram facility and blood oxygen-saturation degree measurement stays to be seen.
Google hasn’t stated a phrase concerning the Pixel Watch but, however rumors recommend that it would debut on the upcoming I/O event in Could alongside the Pixel 6a. Nonetheless, if Google decides to launch it alongside the Pixel 7 sequence telephones, we’d have to attend till 2022’s fourth quarter to search out out what Google has to offer with its first smartwatch.
Till then, watch this leak with skeptical (albeit curious) lenses.