Our first have a look at what appears to be the Google Pixel Watch comes beneath unusual circumstances: somebody supposedly discovered its prototype mendacity round at a restaurant and despatched photos of it to Android Central on the situation of anonymity. The pictures of the purported gadget match up with what we’ve seen from previously leaked renders, all the way down to the round watch face, rotating crown, and practically bezel-less design.
As proven within the images, a bodily crown sits between two buttons on the facet of the watch. If it’s something just like the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, the 2 buttons could possibly be used to show the watch on or off, return to the house display, and even as a shortcut to tug up just lately used apps. In the meantime, the small gap subsequent to the crown could possibly be a microphone or maybe an altimeter sensor used to trace stair climbing. As Android Central notes, the 4 pins on the facet of the watch could also be used for testing functions, and should not seem on the ultimate mannequin.
The underside of the watch contains a black body with what appears to be like like an oval-shaped health-tracking sensor within the middle. Android Central’s supply additionally says the underside of the watch has a easy really feel, noting it “appears to be like metallic however feels prefer it’s coated with glass,” akin to the glass backing on the Apple Watch.
Sadly, Android Central’s supply wasn’t in a position to totally boot up the watch to see how the consumer interface would possibly look. After they tried turning it on, a white Google emblem appeared and nothing occurred after that. A charger wasn’t left with the watch both, however as Android Central notes, the watch could also be charged inside its case, similar to the Apple Watch and Google-owned Fitbit Versa 3 and Sense smartwatches. Whereas there aren’t any photos of the strap truly connected to the watch, it appears to be like prefer it comes with a propriety methodology for snapping within the straps, whereas the straps themselves resemble those that include Fitbit’s smartwatch line.
What’s nearly extra attention-grabbing than the watch itself is the story behind it. It’s much like the best way the iPhone 4 was leaked way back in 2010 — somebody discovered an iPhone prototype in a restaurant, which was then bought and torn down by Gizmodo (the images of which all mysteriously disappeared from Gizmodo’s website, by the best way). It seems a software engineer left the prototype there, so it’s clear that such a scenario has and might happen.
However what’s bizarre about this case of misplaced and located is that it would not look like Google is even searching for the gadget (not like Apple which put out a name to get its iPhone prototype again on the time). After all, there’s all the time the likelihood that this might all be some elaborate ruse by Google to get extra publicity for its upcoming watch, as that is all very paying homage to the time a Pixel 3 XL was found in the back of a Lyft (did you assume we’d neglect already, Google?).
There are such a lot of questions left unanswered right here, and whereas the circumstances surrounding the invention of the watch might by no means be cleared up, no less than the options of the particular watch will. To this point, we all know that Google will call the device the Pixel Watch (large shock there), and we’ll doubtless discover out much more particulars at subsequent month’s Google I/O.