Google is reportedly planning to introduce their own smartwatch that will bear Pixel branding at their Fall hardware event. Famed leakster Evan Blass revealed on Twitter that Google would be expanding its Pixel hardware range to include to new Pixel Watch. Blass did not say if Google will produce the watch in-house or have another company manufacture their Pixel watch. The name of the alleged smartwatch is also unclear at this point. The search giant is rumoured to launch at least three smartwatches this year with WearOS on board.
Blass wrote: “Besides the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, and second-gen Pixel Buds, a reliable source tells me -- with high confidence -- that Google's fall hardware event will also introduce a Pixel-branded watch. Have a great summer!"
Interestingly, Roland Quandt from WinFuture provided additional details on the Google’s smartwatch and said Google would not introduce one but three Pixel-branded smartwatches. The smartwatches codenamed “Ling”, “Triton,” and “Sardine” have reached the stage where Google will decide whether the hardware design makes sense for mass production.
It is unknown how these three variants will differ from each other, whether it’s size, connectivity or something else. However, these devices are said to include GPS, LTE, VoLTE, Bluetooth including apt-X, Wi-Fi, pedometer, heart-rate monitor, and other related health features.
In addition, the report adds Google’s three smartwatches will be powered by Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform. The Snapdragon 3100 is an upgraded variant of the Snapdragon 2100 platform. It will feature a quad-core CPU, ARM Cortex-A7 architecture, Adreno 304 GPU. The manufacturing will remain on the 28nm process.
The new chipset comes with a new power management integrated circuit called “Blackghost.” This platform reportedly runs continuously and separately from the main processor, which is used only when the device is active. This allows for the watch to respond to voice commands anytime without getting the watch out of standby mode.
WinFuture notes this information is based on the documents that are only weeks old. So there is still a chance Google may decide to bench its smartwatch program or launch them without the Pixel branding. It’s also worth noting, in past Blass’ various claims have often proved true and accurate, so we can hope for more information on Pixel Watch in future.