Pixel Watch: Google confirms no Qi wireless or reverse wireless charging support for new smartwatch
The Pixel Watch has now reached reviewers and consumers after months of teasing. However, it turns out that there are a few nuances that Google was not forthcoming about, such as the device's inability to support automatic workout tracking. Similarly, Google subsequently confirmed that the Pixel Watch will receive fewer major OS updates than the Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Watch5 Pro. In fact, software support for the Pixel Watch will cease in the same year as the Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch4 Classic.
Additionally, Google has since confirmed that the Pixel Watch does not support Qi wireless charging, either. According to 9to5Google, attempting to trigger reverse wireless charging prompts the Pixel Watch to show a charging animation even though Google claims that this method is also unsupported. Unfortunately, the Pixel Watch will only discharge when placed on the back of something like a Pixel 7 Pro.
Bizarrely, this also leaves the Pixel Watch two features down on the Galaxy Watch5 series, its main competitor. Ultimately, Google is offering a feature on its premium smartphones that its sole smartwatch fails to support. You can read Google's full quote, reproduced by 9to5Google, below.
Qi charging is not supported on the Google Pixel Watch. There may be some charging configurations where reverse wireless or Qi charging appears to work. This will be very device and charger specific and is not guaranteed to provide a consistent, steady or strong charge. Note that in some cases, this could cause the device to discharge while on charger. Pixel Watch only supports charging with the inbox charger provided.