“Made by Google” lives on for another year and this year, it will include a watch.
Leaks reporter Evan Blass is relying on “a reliable source” telling him “with high confidence” that a watch will be released with Google’s annual hardware event this fall.
Besides the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, and second-gen Pixel Buds, a reliable source tells me — with high confidence — that Google’s fall hardware event will also introduce a Pixel-branded watch. Have a great summer!
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) May 10, 2018
WinFuture‘s renowned Roland Quandt mentioned that there will be “three” watches, but it is unclear if he’s talking about sizes, styles, variants or models.
There is gonna be more than one, it seems. More like three.
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) May 10, 2018
He has since published to his site intelligence of each device’s codename: “Ling,” “Triton” and “Sardine,” all of them keeping in the tradition of fish-based hardware project codenames at Google.
The supposition that it’s a Pixel watch (again, it is not guaranteed) signals some key factors we can further presume. As Google refreshes its Android Wear platform into Wear OS, we suspect it will be on this watch. We may also start hearing about ODM candidates in the near future — HTC and LG made the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, respectively.
And, for all we’ve seen, Google will want to latch onto major spec improvements in the foreground for wearables and, according to WinFuture, that will include a new Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor — nicknamed “blackghost,” it’s using the same 28nm-based Cortex-A7 cores as the Wear 2100 — GPS, Wi-Fi, LTE with VoLTE, Bluetooth with aptX support.
Quandt notes that several factors have put off Google from releasing an own-brand smartwatch earlier, such as unsatisfactory samples from its contractor Compal Electronics and setbacks in power management software.
In addition to that information, we also hear that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be coming along with second-generation Pixel Buds — wireless earbuds that have been panned for their plasticky feel, uncomfortable fit and half-baked Google Assistant voice features.
Meantime, other Wear OS watches to look out for with the Wear 3100 over the summer may come from Fossil, Louis Vuitton, Montblanc and Movado. Tag Heuer also had blueprints for a Wear 3100 device, but those plans were shelved for unknown reasons.