Android Central received from anonymous sources the prototype of the Google Pixel Watch found in the restaurant. This is not the first time that employees of technology companies leave test models in public places, although this does not happen often. The most famous story of its time was the prototype iPhone 4 left in the bar. Google itself is not very good at keeping secrets about future releases, so information about the Pixel Watch has already circulated on the Internet. However, we can now evaluate the possible design of Google’s first smartwatch.
Previous rumors have suggested that the Pixel Watch will have a minimalist design with a round body and a rotating crown on the right side. The found prototype of the watch fully corresponds to the previous information and renderings.
The screen occupies most of the front panel of the watch, it has a standard frame for this class of devices.
There is one button next to the crown.
Looking at the above images, it seems that the watch’s band is a proprietary Google band and looks very similar to the jelly-like Apple Watch sport bands. This could mean that we might see many more colors to and materials to come. The band is attached directly to the watch case, it seems that magnets are used for more secure fixation.
The use of its own mechanism for attaching the band is not typical for smart watches on Android, as a rule, companies use standard 20 or 22 mm bands, which allows users to buy any compatible options from third-party manufacturers.
With the Pixel Watch prototype, there was no charger, but it is possible that the watch can be charged via a magnetic wireless charger that attaches to the bottom of the case. The Galaxy Watch and Apple Watch are charged like this.
The Pixel Watch screen covers the glass, which rounds off the edges of the case and smoothly transitions to a metal frame. The lower part of the watch case is also made of glass, it has sensors, including an optical heart rate monitor.
Due to the fact that the watch was left without a charger, it was not possible to evaluate its software. When you try to start your device, only the Google logo appears on the screen. It is possible that this prototype does not have an operating system installed at all. Obviously, Google will use the new Wear OS 3, developed in conjunction with Samsung, but you can expect changes in the interface, as well as its own Pixel-style software.
Tagtech414 user posted a story of finding Pixel Watch on Reddit . In the comments, they answered several questions, including that the size of the watch is about an inch and a half, it’s half an inch thick, and the display frame is quite large. They also compared the size of the Pixel Watch with the 40mm Apple Watch and the 46mm Samsung Galaxy Watch.
The official announcement of the Pixel Watch smartwatch is expected during the Google I/O 2022 conference, which is scheduled for May 11-12.