Google announces Pixel Watch, its competitor to the Apple Watch

Pixel Watch
Pixel Watch (Image credit: Google)

What you need to know

  • Google has officially announced the Pixel Watch.
  • The new smartwatch will be a direct competitor to the Apple Watch.
  • Google says that it will be released this fall.

After a long wait, the Pixel Watch is finally official.

Earlier today, Google kicked Google I/O, its yearly developer conference. During the keynote for the event, the company finally unveiled the Pixel Watch, Google's direct competitor to the Apple Watch.

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As expected, the Pixel Watch will feature a ton of Google features like the Google Assistant, Google Maps, and the new Google Wallet. Users will be able to make calls, send messages, control their smart home, and make payments with Google Pay.

The company announced that the Pixel Watch will also have a deep integration with Fitbit. Users will be able to track a range of health metrics and fitness goals, including continuous heart rate monitoring and sleep tracking.

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You can watch Google announce the Pixel Watch in the Google I/O keynote below. The watch section begins at three hours and two minutes into the video:

Google wrapped things up by announcing that the Pixel Watch will be available this fall.

It's a watch that many have been anticipating for a long time. In addition to the watch, Google also revealed that it will be going up against the iPad with the Pixel tablet, but that device is not expected to launch until 2023.

There's no denying that the design is attractive but we'll have to wait to get more details about the Pixel Watch as we get closer to the launch date.

Joe Wituschek
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.

3 Comments
  • It's an amazing *looking* watch IMO, much more attractive than Apple's for sure - which is strange since that's the part that Google usually gets wrong, lol. We won't know much until we know how it *works* though. And that band? Geez! Looks hella uncomfortable. Watches are ultimately jewelry. It's going to need some attractive comfortable bands before I would buy it.
  • Actually that sort of band is very comfortable, IMHO. It is much like Apple's sport band which is what I wear.
  • You might be right of course. I was just noticing that the only difference between it and the Apple Sport Band is the extra "lump" on the inside making the whole thing appear a bit lumpy and at least *looking* like it might be uncomfortable. I'm sure they will have other band options.
    Really loving the look of the watch itself tho.