Our first have a look at what appears to be the Google Pixel Watch comes underneath unusual circumstances: somebody supposedly discovered its prototype mendacity round at a restaurant and despatched photos of it to Android Central on the situation of anonymity. The photographs of the purported machine match up with what we’ve seen from previously leaked renders, right down to the round watch face, rotating crown, and practically bezel-less design.
As proven in the photos, a bodily crown sits between two buttons on the facet of the watch. If it’s something like the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, the two buttons could possibly be used to show the watch on or off, return to the dwelling display, and even as a shortcut to tug up just lately used apps. Meanwhile, the small gap subsequent to the crown could possibly be a microphone or maybe an altimeter sensor used to trace stair climbing. As Android Central notes, the 4 pins on the facet of the watch could also be used for testing functions, and could not seem on the remaining mannequin.
The underside of the watch options a black body with what appears to be like like an oval-shaped health-tracking sensor in the middle. Android Central’s supply additionally says the backside of the watch has a easy really feel, noting it “looks metallic but feels like it’s coated with glass,” akin to the glass backing on the Apple Watch.
Unfortunately, Android Central’s supply wasn’t capable of totally boot up the watch to see how the person interface may look. When they tried turning it on, a white Google emblem appeared and nothing occurred after that. A charger wasn’t left with the watch both, however as Android Central notes, the watch could also be charged inside its case, identical to the Apple Watch and Google-owned Fitbit Versa 3 and Sense smartwatches. While there aren’t any photos of the strap truly hooked up to the watch, it appears to be like prefer it comes with a propriety methodology for snapping in the straps, whereas the straps themselves resemble the ones that include Fitbit’s smartwatch line.
What’s virtually extra fascinating than the watch itself is the story behind it. It’s just like the method the iPhone 4 was leaked way back in 2010 — somebody discovered an iPhone prototype in a restaurant, which was then bought and torn down by Gizmodo (the photos of which all mysteriously disappeared from Gizmodo’s website, by the method). It seems a software engineer left the prototype there, so it’s clear that such a scenario has and can happen.
But what’s bizarre about this case of misplaced and discovered is that it would not appear to be Google is even in search of the machine (not like Apple which put out a name to get its iPhone prototype again at the time). Of course, there’s all the time the chance that this might all be some elaborate ruse by Google to get extra publicity for its upcoming watch, as that is all very reminiscent of the time a Pixel 3 XL was found in the back of a Lyft (did you assume we’d overlook already, Google?).
There are so many questions left unanswered right here, and whereas the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the watch could by no means be cleared up, at the very least the options of the precise watch will. So far, we all know that Google will call the device the Pixel Watch (large shock there), and we’ll doubtless discover out much more particulars at subsequent month’s Google I/O.