Google won’t be releasing its own smartwatch this year

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Google has confirmed to Tom’s Guide that it has no plans to release its own smartwatch this year. Earlier rumors had pointed to a likely release of a so-called “Pixel Watch” and many were expecting it would be announced alongside the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, and whatever else Google has planned for an expected October 9th hardware event.

If you are still holding out hope for some reason, Tom’s Guide didn’t leave much room for doubt in Google’s plans, confirming the news with the company after interviewing one of its executives:

Miles Barr, Google’s director of engineering for Wear OS, said Friday during an interview that Google has no plans to release a smartwatch this year.

“To think of a one-size-fits-all watch, I don’t think we’re there yet,” Barr said. “Our focus is on our partners for now.”

After the interview, Google confirmed that it will not release a smartwatch this year.

Back in May, Evan Blass tweeted that Google would be releasing the watch. Blass is usually reliable with leaks, so it’s possible that the watch had been planned and has been delayed or cancelled.

Instead, as Barr says, it looks like Google is going to put as much focus as possible on watches made by partners — the biggest of which is Fossil Group. Several smartwatches were just announced a IFA this week, including watches from Skagen, Casio, and Diesel. All of those are running on an older Qualcomm processor, however.

Until this news, hopes had been high that Google was ramping up to a big smartwatch launch — it just revamped Wear OS and Google Fit, for example. Qualcomm is also expected to unveil a new processor on September 10th that would allow Wear OS watches to break out of the variations on a chunky circle we’ve been seeing for the past couple of years. We won’t see a Pixel Watch this year, but perhaps Qualcomm’s new announcement will lead to newer, better Wear OS watches in the near future.

We’ve reached out to Google to see if it has any more information to add and will update this post if we hear back.

Comments

Booo.

I’m disappointed in you, Google.

Again.

Welp, there’s the biggest case of tech-related blue balls I’ve experienced in a while.

Guess I just misread Google’s intentions when they suddenly started giving a crap about their wearable operating system this year…

If you’re serious about software, you should build your hardware, especially when it comes to the silicon inside wearables.

Google had no chance to build a smartwatch competitive with the AW4 this year; indeed they waited for better chips.

The general assumption was that the Pixel would release with Qualcomm’s newer chip by the end of the year.

Either the rumors were wrong or the project got delayed and they’re buying time.

why can’t google design their own mobile chips

It’s not worthwhile for them.

More a case of reiterating that they are a software and data company who have only recently ventured into the hardware market.

It is if they sell them to their OEMs.

I thought the rumor is they were working on this.

Just because Apple does it one way, doesn’t make it the only way that shows you’re serious about something.

Do you not think some of the improvements Google has made on Android came as the result of them having their own phones?

Classic Google.

Such a tease.

Who cares. It makes no sense to make Round Smart Watches.
Apple nailed it. Google would have to make an Apple Watch Clone to be competitive.
Round looks nice. But form should follow function.

Speak for yourself about what "makes sense". I love my round smartwatch. The biggest problem with Wear OS watches is that they are still too thick, especially for females.

But how do you use it?
It can’t be good for reading text, with a round face.

Nope, it’s fine for reading text. Besides, let’s not pretend people wear watches for practical reasons. There’s a reason Google is letting fashion brands lead the way with its SmartWatch platform.

Speak for yourself.

There’s a reason Google is letting fashion brands lead the way with its SmartWatch platform.

A clear sign they’ve lost the "smart" watch market. Btw Google is not letting fashion brands lead, they have no choice. These companies are trying to spark sales of watches in general and decided to latch onto the only open choice they had. But all are poor sellers.

Nobody buys an Apple Watch to read lots of text on it.
Biggest problem with the android wear watches are the oversized, thick hardware OEMs keep pumping out in a desperate bid to shoehorn every new feature or tech in.

HUAWEI had an excellent smartwatch design. Then they screwed it up with the ugly stick when making the V2.

Apple launched with an attractive watch. The Moto 360 looked so mediocre in comparison.

PLol sorry but the Moto 360 was miles more attractive. Shame about that flat tire. But also a shame about the iPhone X notch so they’re even I suppose.

I think both round and square have their pros and cons.

I’ve never had a problem reading, but I don’t do more than read and quick reply to texts or scan emails. I honestly don’t want to do anything more than that on a 1.x" screen regardless of shape.

Round limits the functionality of the smartwatch.

It is Google. They will probably make it an Apple Watch clone. See: Pixel 1 and Pixel 3 XL leaks.

Im guessing you don’t know the meaning of the word ‘clone’.

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