While not expected to work with iPhone or iOS devices, this upcoming Google Pixel Watch is great if you’re hoping for an Apple Watch-like quality release.
According to an FCC filing, Google partnered with Taiwan’s Compal Electronics to manufacture parts of the Pixel Watch, specifically the charging mechanism. Compal Electronics are veteran manufacturers of the Apple Watch.
The Pixel Watch could have the same magnetic-puck-USB-C charging cable as its main rival, although the exact parity between the two devices is unclear. The Apple Watch currently charges via a magnetic charger over a USB-C cable, included in the box with every new device.
Other smartwatches charge a little differently. For example, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, the only really worthy Wear OS-based smartwatch on the market lately, has a USB-A connected charging puck (to plug it into more places and adapters ).
It will also be interesting to see if you can charge the Pixel Watch via the Pixel’s battery sharing capabilities, allowing you to place a wireless charging device on your smartphone to sift some of its power. I don’t use this capability personally, as I found the Pixel smartphone often needed more battery power than my laptop.
We have months to go until we know more about the Pixel Watch beyond what emerges from FCC filings and the like. 9to5Google notes that the rest of the FCC listing, released on May 11, contains information that coincides with an earlier Bluetooth certification filed in April. As expected with most flagship laptop launches, there seem to be two models: a WiFi-only version and one with added LTE support.
Either way, this is all good news for Google, at least adding hype to an unrealized device. The company has reestablished itself in the wearable space, despite years of disappointment leading up to the launch of this supposed unicorn. The Pixel Watch may not immediately change the number of people adopting Android for their wrists. But if Google makes the right choices and secures the right partners, it can at least prove that it’s doing its best.