© Reuters. Will Google’s Pixel Watch End Apple Watch’s Dominance?
Alphabet (NASDAQ:) Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG ) (NASDAQ: GOOGL ) Google recently confirmed the existence of its long-rumored Pixel Watch — its take on the Apple Watch (NASDAQ: NASDAQ: ) Apple Watch.
What happened: Google announced the Pixel Watch at Google I/O 2022, and it’s likely to launch after its Oct. 6 debut at an event alongside the Pixel 7. The fact that the product passed the Bluetooth Special Interest Group’s April inspections is another sign that it is about to launch. While many already expect this new device to become Apple Watch’s most feared competitor, Loup Funds co-founder Gene Munster said back in May that Google would have a tough time competing with the Cupertino giant in the wearables market.
Why it matters: The Pixel Watch’s fitness tracking will most likely be based on the capabilities offered by devices made by Fitbit — a company acquired by Alphabet in late 2019. Given how much better Fitbit’s features are, this could be one of the Pixel’s most appreciated features Watch. The suite is more than a stunning health app from Google. The device is expected to include Fitbit workout tracking, active zone minutes and other health tracking tools. The device will also reportedly have the same kind of sensors found on the Fitbit Luxe and Charge 5, with a heart rate sensor that supports SpO2 and EKG measurements.
An expected price of $399 for the LTE model puts the Pixel Watch in aggressive competition with Apple’s cellular-enabled rival, which costs an additional $100 for the smaller — 41mm — version. The two devices are also likely to have a lot in common given that the expected Pixel Watch maker, Taiwan’s Compal Electronics, has also made Apple’s wearable.
Google is said to be working on up to six interchangeable Pixel Watch bands to launch alongside the new wearable. Still, Alphabet’s take on the Apple Watch may fall a little short in some compartments. That’s especially considering it’s rumored to come with a 10nm Exynos 9110 chip, the same one we saw in 2018’s original Samsung (LON:) Galaxy Watch, along with a BioActive biometric sensor for heart rate, electrocardiogram and body fat percentage. in August 2021 on the Galaxy Watch 4. Still, a tweet from Qualcomm (NASDAQ:
Google’s latest device will likely come with a co-processor to help with performance, and perhaps more than 1.5GB of random access memory, along with 32 gigabytes of storage – enough to store more than 9,500 average songs on board. The 300 mAh battery is said to be larger than the Galaxy Watch 4 battery but smaller than the Apple Watch 7. This battery is said to not allow more than a day of use with a claimed 110 minute charge time, which is the same charge time as the Galaxy Watch 4, which indicates a lack of fast charging.
Wear OS Reborn: The device will run Wear OS, Google’s own smartwatch operating system, which the company has seen notoriously little love for – making it a high-potential platform plagued by too many bugs to rely on in everyday life. However, the notoriously unstable OS was recently updated and featured on the Galaxy Watch 4, and more improvements are expected to come with the release of the Pixel Watch.
Alphabet can bank on its superior AI prowess and put Google Assistant — arguably a much better service compared to Siri — at the forefront of its watch. Despite Google’s better AI systems, it’s still going to be hard for the company to beat the Cupertino giant at its own game – which means we’ll see some pretty interesting developments in the near future.
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