A new Google Pixel Watch leak shows an alleged glimpse of the rumored smartwatch, suggesting that it gets a feature we usually see on traditional watches: a physical crown.
The look came in a tweet with permission from leaks Jon Prosser, who teased it the day before on Twitter claim images (plural) would be available by the “upcoming Pixel Watch (codename: rohan).” The first image below shows a tempting piece of the alleged dial, with the dial only visible behind it.
There is not much else to pick up in the picture, although the digital dial looks like what you see on a traditional clock̵
(Page note: given Google’s recent mobile codename has not been book nerdy, with Google Pixel 4 and 4a codenamed ‘coral’ and ‘flame’, it’s curious to see the very obvious nod to the Lord of the Rings’ horse-friendly kingdom, Rohan, used here.)
Instead, it is usually looked at kroner hybrid smartwatches which seeks to mix the timeless class of analog hour / minute / second hands with digital displays behind it, which Misfit phase or Withings Move ECG. Other smartwatches have used new options such as the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3s physical swivel wheels or the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2s digital touch wheels, although digital laptops rely on stylish details such as Montblanc Summit 2 has mentioned physical crowns.
Google Pixel Watch: Long Time, No Rumors
We haven’t heard much about Google Pixel Watch in a while. While Google’s acquisition of Fitbit in late 2019 triggered speculation that a first-party smartwatch could follow, the latest rumor appeared in May 2020. Oddly enough, the latter is a patent that suggests that an optical sensor in a Google smartwatch can detect finger, wrist and / or arm movements – which works in contrast to a control style using a physical crown.
It’s not so surprising that we’ve not had Google’s watch considering how much the Covid pandemic delayed the release of the Google Pixel 4a phone. Although we have not heard why we, well, have not heard anything about the Pixel Watch, this new leak suggests that the portable device has been under development. Given the just announced Google IO 2021 happening in May, we can see it launched there along with other products like the Google Pixel 5a – although none of them have been officially confirmed yet.