Pixel Watch: Google may still announce its first smartwatch on October 19 but do not expect a release anytime soon
The Pixel Watch has been a long time coming, with Evan Blass claiming in 2018 that it would debut alongside the Pixel 3 series. Google also filed smartwatch patents with the USPTO a year later, with Jon Prosser leaking renders in April 2021. Most recently, rumours emerged that the Pixel Watch would appear alongside the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, both due on October 19.
Incidentally, Max Weinbach states that the smartwatch 'could be announced next week', with his sources informing him 'like 6 months ago' that the Pixel Watch was in development. Unfortunately, he claims that Google has delayed the device's release internally, which may explain the lack of Pixel Watch-related leaks.
Supposedly, a scarcity of chips could be the reason for the Pixel Watch's delay. It is unclear what SoC will power the Pixel Watch, although we doubt it will be the Google Tensor or Snapdragon Wear 4100+. Previously, we speculated that it could be a customised Exynos W920, used in the Galaxy Watch 4 series, based on Google and Samsung's collaboration over the Tensor SoC.
Ultimately, we doubt that Google will announce a Pixel Watch until Wear OS 3 is ready; there is no way the smartwatch will launch with Wear OS 2. Google has remained quiet about the latter since Google I/O in May and has only committed to rolling out the OS update to Fossil and Mobvoi smartwatches late next year. Hopefully, Google will reveal something about Wear OS 3 and a Pixel Watch next week at its October 19 hardware event.