We are approaching the fourth quarter of the year and this is the time when we see lots of new flagship phones and other device coming on the market. Google is scheduled to debut the third generation of its Pixel smartphones. And along with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones, the company was also speculated to launch its long-awaited Google Pixel Smartwatch.
However, clearing all the rumours, the company has now confirmed that the smartwatch will not be releasing this year. The search engine giant is instead focused on working with smartwatch makers like Fossil and Casio while improving the “Wear Operating System (OS)”.
“To think of a one-size-fits-all watch, I don’t think we’re there yet,” the report quoted Miles Barr, Director of Engineering for “Wear OS” at Google as saying.
“Our focus is on our partners for now,” Barr added.
Google does not want to develop its own hardware because some watches are aimed at fitness enthusiasts, others focused more on design with only a few watches nailing the combination of the two.
As of now, “Google hasn’t quite dreamed up a smartwatch that could be all things to all people.”
Google announced the rebranded “Wear OS” at the IFA 2018 in Berlin.
The revamped “Wear OS” that would begin rolling out mid-September comes with a tweaked user interface (UI), quicker access to notifications, smarter health coaching with “Google Fit” and more proactive help from Assistant, along with the easy swipe feature.
Google did hint on what we could expect from the new Watch OS update. Reportedly, Google Assistant will be at the forefront of the Wear OS software update that will be rolling out to watches in the next month.
The OS update will bring a proactive screen that displays the information you need for the upcoming day, week or even month, depending on how you use Google Assistant and what information Google learns from your use of its other services.
Additionally, the Wear OS update will also solve some performance issues with a new feature called quick-glance screens.