The new Google Pixel Watch leak shows an alleged insight into smartwatch voices, suggesting it has been given a feature we typically see on traditional watches: the physical crown.
The peek was posted in a tweet courtesy of passer Jon Prosser, who had teased him the day before on Twitter arguing images (plural) would be available for “upcoming Pixel Watch (code name: rohan).” The first image, below, shows a tempting piece of the alleged mask, with the dial just visible behind it.
Not much can be collected in the picture, although the digital protective part looks a lot like what you would see on a radial analog dial of a traditional watch. This would correspond to the physical crown, which digital smartwatches usually avoid in favor of touch controls.
(Sidenote: given that Google’s recent code names weren’t nerdy, with Google Pixel 4 and 4a codenamed “corals” and “flame”), it’s curious to see the very obvious nod to the Lord of the Rings horse lover, Rohan, here uses.)
Instead, crowns are usually seen hybrid smartwatches trying to connect a timeless class of analog hands per hour / minute / second with digital screens behind them, such as Inadequacy phase or With ECG movement. Other smartwatches have used new alternatives such as the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3’s physical rotary dial or the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2’s digital rotary touch pad, although digital wearable devices rely on classy touches like Montblanc Summit 2 they have physical crowns.
Google Pixel Watch: long time no rumors
We haven’t heard much about the Google Pixel Watch in a while. Although Google’s acquisition of Fitbit in late 2019 spurred speculation that the smartwatch of the first page might follow, the last rumor appeared in May 2020. Interestingly, the latter is a patent that suggests that an optical sensor in Google’s smartwatch could recognize finger, wrist, and / or hand gestures – which seems contrary to the style of control using a physical crown.
Not too surprising that we didn’t have a Google watch considering how much the Covid pandemic delayed the release of its Google Pixel 4a phone. While we haven’t heard why we haven’t, well, heard anything about the Pixel Watch, this new leak suggests that wearable equipment is under development. Given that the just-announced Google IO 2021 is happening in May, we could see it launching there along with other products like Google Pixel 5a – though none have been officially confirmed yet.