A recent leak suggested a May release date, but we’ve been fooled before.
what you need to know
- Jon Prosser claims that the Google Pixel Watch will launch on Thursday, May 26th.
- Given Google IO’s usual May schedule, we expect Google to announce the watch at the event.
- Recent spec leaks suggest that the Pixel Watch will feature an Exynos chip, a round bezel-less design, and at least two buttons.
Whether it’s Google consistently missing deadlines or just leakers with bad sources, we’ve been fooled a few times about when the Google Pixel Watch will launch. Now, FPT leaker Jon Prosser claim Google “plans to launch” the watch on Thursday, May 26, which is “the first time we’ve seen a fixed date on a device behind the scenes.”
Prosser initially claimed that Google would release it alongside the Pixel 6 in October 2021, before Google pushed it back to “Q1 2022.” Whether or not Google had a design to roll out last year, he’s now saying this leak is “the first time we’ve seen a set date on a device behind the scenes,” which is more likely to be true.
I’ve heard that Google is planning to launch it on Thursday, May 26th – it’s been a year since we leaked it.
This is the first time we’ve seen a set date on a device behind the scenes.
Google is known for pushing back dates – but if they did, we’d know 👀 pic.twitter.com/Kk0D4Bom6d
— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) January 21, 2022
Given the timing of this announcement, it makes sense that Google IO 2022 will also take place on May 26. Last year, Google announced Wear OS 3 at an event. In a sense, it will release its own watch a year from now.
We’ve seen several recent Pixel Watch design leaks that justify the idea that Google’s watch is coming soon. A chip leak suggests that Google may use an Exynos chip instead of the Snapdragon Wear 4100 found in most other Wear OS 3 watches. Leaked Pixel Watch marketing materials suggest that Google is promising a “round, bezel-less design” that “unifies hardware and software.”
We’ve also seen a “normal” Wear OS 3 look compared to the specific One UI watch screen seen on the Galaxy Watch 4. It’s unclear if the Pixel Watch will actually use normal software, or if it will be like the Pixel 6 itself, with software of its own.
The current Wear OS 3 timeline suggests that other watches from Mobvoi and Fossil won’t arrive until “mid-2022” at the earliest. So, based on this leak, the Pixel Watch will be the second Wear OS 3 watch to arrive.
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