We’ve been hearing rumors about Google’s Pixel Watch for years now, but it finally looks like the pieces of the project are finally falling into place. A purported render of the device shared by Evan Blass on to 91Mobiles lines up with past leaks and rumours, showing a device with a familiar circular design, physical crown, and Fitbit integration.
Of course, there is also a lot missing in the rendering. The image does not include the lugs of the watch (which would show how the strap will connect to the face) or convey any idea of its overall construction. If the image looks a bit funny, it might be because of the watch’s bezel-less design (also seen in mockups shared last year by Jon Prosser).
Interestingly, however, we to have seen a smartwatch design that resembles one from Google before: the LG Watch Style, which LG designed in conjunction with the tech giant and released in 2017 to show off Android Wear 2.0. It has the same simplicity of lines and crown placement – although, of course, we’re hoping for a much slimmer look five years later.
As my colleague Victoria Song argued in a recent post, 2022 looks like the year Google will make another big push into wearable devices. The company has been investing in the smartwatch space for years, buying Fitbit and parts of Fossil in 2019 and pushing out Android Wear updates, but it’s been slow and decisively maneuvered by Apple.
We’re hoping Google will unveil the Pixel Watch at next month’s I/O Developer Conference, but, as Song notes, there are still a lot of questions to answer: “Will the Pixel Watch primarily focus about fitness and wellness or will it also incorporate smarter features like LTE connectivity? Will it work equally well with all Android phones or will it prioritize Google’s own Pixel ecosystem? What about iOS? ” Stay tuned The edge to know more.