Google’s highly anticipated Pixel Watch is yet here. After years of speculation, scrapped prototypes, and a Fitbit acquisition, the institution has a smartwatch of its own, neatly integrated with its enactment of Pixel devices. What sets it isolated from the competition? What does it do? Here’s everything you request to cognize astir the Pixel Watch.
Google’s archetypal effort astatine a wearable connected the aboveground seems to person been a success. The ticker itself looks great: It has a circular design, dissimilar the Apple Watch’s quadrate look. It’s made of stainless steel, and comes successful 4 antithetic colour combinations: Champagne Gold lawsuit and Hazel Active band, Matte Black lawsuit and Obsidian Active Band, Polished Silver lawsuit and Chalk Active band, and Polished Silver lawsuit and Charcoal Active band.
Google doesn’t connection a magnitude for the circular display, nor a resolution, but it is simply a 320 ppi AMOLED show with up to 1,000 nits of brightness, which should beryllium plentifulness to spot outdoors. The ticker itself is 41 mm by 12.3 mm, and is 36 grams without the band. Customers tin expect 32GB of eMMC flash retention with 2GB of SDRAM.
As to beryllium expected, the Pixel Watch works with a set system, allowing you to premix and lucifer implicit 20 Google bands (although, presumably, third-party options volition deed the marketplace shortly). Unlike different watches, however, the Pixel Watch bands connect internally, with a twist and click mechanic. To beryllium honest, it looks cool, adjacent if that’s not needfully a selling point.
As you’d expect from a smartwatch, the Pixel Watch gives you a mini smartphone acquisition connected your wrist. Google showed disconnected examples similar adjusting your thermostat from the Home app, controlling playback successful YouTube Music, viewing your notifications, utilizing Google Wallet, pursuing step-by-step Google Maps directions, mounting timers, and texting.
Some of the integrated apps Google highlighted included Strava, adidas Running, Line, Strava, and Spotify. Hopefully, much developers volition proceed to marque Wear OS versions of their Android apps present if the Pixel Watch is palmy enough.
The ticker is built astir Fitbit, which makes sense, since Google owns the company. The ticker uses instrumentality learning and heavy optimization to way your bosom complaint by the second. They assertion they tin bash this each day, nary substance the activity, portion besides keeping an “all-day artillery life,” which, successful this case, is really a afloat 24-hour day. That’s powered by a 294 mAh battery, which tin beryllium charged to 50% successful astir 30 minutes, 80% successful astir 55 minutes, and 100% aft 80 minutes oregon so.
You tin usage it to way your sleep, including metrics similar however agelong you meant to airy sleep, REM, and heavy sleep. It works with Fitbit Premium (and includes six months for free) to travel on to workouts and prosecute with mindfulness content. The app besides informs you of your workout readiness to assistance you decently attack your adjacent workout routine, and tracks your Active Zone Minutes, to support tabs connected however agelong you walk successful your people bosom complaint zones.
It looks for AFib with an ECG reader, and has a built-in Emergency SOS feature, a modular enactment for some smartwatches and smartphones. Fall Detection is coming to Pixel Watch, but not until 2023.
The modular Pixel Watch costs $349.99, portion the 4G LTE exemplary costs $399.99. With it, you not lone snag six months of Fitbit Premium, but 3 months of YouTube Music Premium. In bid to usage a Pixel Watch, you’ll request an Android instrumentality moving Android 8.0 oregon newer. While it evidently won’t seizure the immense Apple Watch/iPhone market, that’s large news, since the next-best Android smartwatch connected the market, the Galaxy Watch 5, is lone compatible with Samsung devices. Don’t beryllium amazed if the Galaxy Watch 6 abruptly opens up its compatibility to different Android phones.
The Pixel Watch seems large for immoderate Android fan, but particularly those who are profoundly invested successful Fitbit. It’s similar a Fitbit Pro, equipped with each the champion Fitbit features you want, with each the benefits of a Wear OS smartwatch. Until now, Fitbit was 1 of the amended options for non-Samsung users anyway. Of course, adjacent if you aren’t a Fitbit user, Google’s six months of escaped Fitbit Premium gives you a accidental to go one.
It’s wide the Pixel Watch is simply a large measurement for the Android smartwatch market. We’ll request to spot however good it genuinely performs successful the existent world, and whether its income bespeak Google’s hopes for the shiny wearable.