The Pixel Watch may have only been released seven months ago, but a report claims that Google is already preparing to launch its successor, the Pixel Watch 2. Google’s hardware lineup for 2023 seems to be shaping up nicely, according to a recent report. While the Pixel 7a, Pixel Fold, Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, and Pixel Tablet were already expected, it looks like the Pixel Watch 2 will also be joining the lineup this year.
According to a report by 9to5Google, Google is set to release the Pixel Watch 2 later this year alongside the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro. While Fitbit smartwatches receive updates every two years, and Samsung and Apple see annual refreshes, its good to hear that Google is entering the smartwatch game with a new iteration of the Pixel Watch.
Despite the relatively recent release of the original Pixel Watch, it seems that Google is committed to keeping its wearable lineup up-to-date and competitive with other smartwatches on the market. With the Pixel Watch 2 likely to arrive later this year, fans of the Pixel line of devices will have yet another product to look forward to. If Google follows its traditional release schedule, the Pixel Watch 2 could be launched in October.
Top Features We Hope to See in the Pixel Watch 2
Given the success of the previous Pixel Watch’s design, it wouldn’t be surprising if Google sticks to a similar design aesthetic for the Pixel Watch 2. One particular aspect that garnered widespread praise was the domed display, which is expected to make a return. In addition, we anticipate Google to continue integrating its Fitbit toolkit and companion app, which should further enhance the device’s fitness tracking capabilities. However, beyond these details, there is little information available on what we can expect from the upcoming smartwatch.
If we were to speculate more on potential upgrades for the Pixel Watch 2, there are a few things that come to mind. While the original Pixel Watch was well-received, there is always room for improvement. One area that could use some attention is battery life, but it’s also important to maintain the current form factor. Perhaps offering a larger size option with a bigger battery could be a solution. Additionally, a more modern processor would certainly be welcomed, as it would improve overall performance and efficiency. Another potential upgrade could be expanding compatibility with non-Pixel devices, which could broaden its appeal to a wider audience. Ultimately, only time will tell what upgrades and new features we can expect from the Pixel Watch 2.
As the competition in the smartwatch market heats up with the upcoming Galaxy Watch 6 rumored to feature a new chipset and the Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 arriving on new Wear OS watches, it’s likely that Google will want to equip its Pixel Watch 2 with a new chip that offers better battery life, as we mentioned above.
On Twitter, Jon Prosser of FrontPageTech has corroborated the rumor of the Pixel Watch 2 and provided additional details on the launch window. As per leaks from Jon Prosser, Google is reportedly planning to release not just the Pixel Watch 2 this year, but also a smartwatch under the Fitbit brand targeting kids.
Can confirm, as we have been working on the story in the background.— jon prosser (@jon_prosser) May 5, 2023
As far as I know, Google is planning two watches for later this fall.
1) Pixel Watch 2, which will launch with Pixel 8, and 2) a version for kids, though that more than likely will be branded as “Fitbit” https://t.co/pcbgfk3Af1
It’s unknown if Pixel Watch 2 will be the actual name or if Google will choose a different name. It remains to be seen how the Pixel Watch 2 will differentiate itself from its predecessor and other wearables on the market. We will likely hear more about the device as we approach the expected launch window later this year.