Google Pixel Watch: Leaked retail packaging hints at earlier than expected release date and confirms Fitbit integration
A Redditor has shared retail packaging of the Pixel Watch, Google's long-awaited and first smartwatch. Already confirmed for an early October release, the Pixel Watch is expected to arrive for US$349.99 and US$399.99 for the LTE model. As we discussed last week, a retail employee leaked Pixel Watch colour options to 9to5Google, confirming that there will be no larger model too.
According to u/xXavi3rx, a friend sent them a solitary picture while working at a Target store in the US. Although the device's design is well-known at this point, the packaging confirms that Google plans to push Wear OS' integration with the Fitbit ecosystem. Based on earlier leaks, Google will release Fitbit-branded watch faces following the Pixel Watch's announcement, although it is unclear in what form this integration will take. Currently, Google Fit remains the company's default fitness tracking service, for example.
Additionally, we would not rule out Google making Fitbit functionality a Pixel Watch exclusive. Incidentally, the fact that Google has shipped Pixel Watch units to retailers in September suggests that the smartwatch could be available sooner than earlier leaks claimed would be the case. Purportedly, Google planned to wait until early November before dispatching Pixel Watch units, roughly two weeks after Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro pre-orders would begin shipping. Seemingly, this leak contradicts this, although there is a chance that North America could receive the Pixel Watch before other markets. As it stands, Google is only expected to reveal the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro and the Pixel Watch on October 6, despite ongoing rumours about a Pixel 7 Ultra, a Pixel Fold and a Pixel Tablet.