Google Confirms No Pixel Watch This Year
Debunking previous reports, Google has confirmed it’s not releasing a ‘Pixel Watch’ this year, with the search engine giant admitting an updated ‘Wear OS’ is required.
Speaking with Tom’s Guide, Wear OS Director of Engineering for Wear OS, Miles Barr, asserts Google doesn’t plan to release a new smartwatch in 2018.
“To think of a one-size-fits-all watch, I don’t think we’re there yet,” claims Barr.
“Our focus is on our partners for now.”
Earlier reports speculated Google may unveil a revamped ‘Pixel Watch’ alongside its new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL in October.
Despite this, Barr asserts Google is focused on its wearable market partners, with Wear OS improvements in the works.
The smartwatch market has seen considerable changes in recent months, with some models focused on fitness enthusiasts, and others design-driven (e.g. Skagen).
Barr’s comments suggest Google is developing a versatile model suitable for most people – i.e. ‘one-size-fits-all’.
Google’s recent Wear OS re-design will reportedly follow a battery life update early next year, courtesy of a new ‘Doze mode’ and enhanced machine learning capabilities.
“[The] Wear OS experience is evolving, and this is the start of that evolution. We want to keep rolling out improvements on a regular basis so users aren’t pent up waiting”, asserts Barr.