The Google Pixel Watch debuted as the company’s first smartwatch at its I/O 2022 consumer keynote on Wednesday — long after being part of the rumor mill. The new product features a rounded dome design, unlike the Apple Watch, which has a rectangular display with rounded edges. The Pixel Watch also comes with different color options and a bunch of fitness tracking features. In addition to the Pixel Watch, Google also launched the Pixel Buds Pro as its latest true wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds — rivaling Apple’s AirPods Pro and Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro.
Google Pixel Watch, Pixel Buds Pro prices
Pricing for the Google Pixel Watch has yet to be announced. However, Google said in its keynote that the smartwatch will be available in the U.S. this fall.
On the other hand, the Google Pixel Buds Pro are priced at $199 (approximately Rs 15,400). The earbuds come in four different colors — charcoal, coral, fog and lemongrass — and will be available for pre-order in the US starting July 21.
Details about the launch of the Pixel Watch and Pixel Buds Pro in India have yet to be announced.
Google Pixel Watch specs
Running the latest Wear OS, the Google Pixel Watch features a circular display with minimal bezels and curved glass protection for a pebble-like dome design. It has a tactile crown—similar to the Apple Watch’s Digital Crown—and is made of stainless steel. The Pixel Watch also comes with a customizable, replaceable wristband that connects seamlessly. However, this watch doesn’t seem to support any regular 22mm straps. If you’ve ever seen an Apple Watch that supports proprietary style straps, this also sounds familiar.
On the software side, Google says the Pixel Watch runs an improved Wear OS UI with smoother navigation and smart notifications. It makes sense for Google to offer a different experience on its own devices than other smartwatches, so you might notice a list of differences with other Wear OS models.
“It’s all designed with clickable voice and at-a-glance features so you can be more present at home, at work, or on the go,” Rick Osterloh, Google’s senior vice president of devices and services, said in the keynote.
The Pixel Watch also integrates with Google products, including Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Wallet, for an enhanced experience. Google is also using the Home app for Wear OS to use the Pixel Watch as a remote for compatible smart home devices. This lets you adjust the thermostat or turn the lights on or off right from your wrist.
Google has also integrated Fitbit into the Pixel Watch to provide an “industry-leading health and fitness experience” out of the box. Google says the watch offers continuous heart rate and sleep tracking. Users can also view their active zone minutes while exercising and track their stats and progress against different fitness goals.
The Pixel Watch also works with the Find My Device app to help users locate a misplaced Pixel phone, earbuds, or any other supported device on a map available on the wrist.
Google Pixel Buds Pro Specifications
The Google Pixel Buds Pro feature Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), which uses a new silent-sealing technology that supposedly helps compensate for audio leakage and maximizes the amount of noise that’s been canceled. This makes the new earbuds a major upgrade over the existing Pixel Buds and Pixel Buds A-series, as neither supports ANC. The Pixel Buds Pro also include a transparency mode that helps users hear ambient sounds. Later this year, Google also promises to update the Pixel Buds Pro to support spatial audio to compete with Apple’s AirPods Pro.
In detailing the ANC, Google said the earbuds feature beamforming microphones that use a noise suppression algorithm trained with machine learning to suppress wind flow and other background noise. The earbuds are also powered by a custom audio chip that is said to provide power efficiency, allowing the hardware to last up to 11 hours of listening time or 7 hours with ANC on.
Similar to the existing Pixel Buds and other Pixel devices, the Pixel Buds Pro offer a hands-free Google Assistant experience. You can use the experience to translate into 40 languages or ask the Google Assistant to get walking directions without having to physically use your phone.
Google bundles the Pixel Buds Pro earbuds with a charging case that features USB Type-C for wired charging and Qi wireless charging. The buds also include support for multipoint connections, allowing users to connect them to “compatible phones, tablets, laptops, and TVs” simultaneously and switch between audio streams on the go. Users can also use Find My Device to find their Pixel Buds Pro in case they lose the earbuds.
In terms of connectivity, the Pixel Buds Pro have Bluetooth v5.0. The earbuds can also be paired with any Bluetooth v4.0+ device, including Android and iOS devices, as well as tablets and laptops.
The bundled case has an IPX2 splash-proof design, while the earbuds have an IPX4 sweat-proof design. The earbuds also include capacitive touch sensors for supporting tap and swipe gestures. The charging case supports sFast Charge, providing up to an hour of listening time on a five-minute charge. It also brings up to 31 hours of total listening time (without ANC).