Google I/O timetable hints to possible Pixel Watch launch date

We’ve been duped multiple times about when the Google Pixel Watch will arrive, whether it’s because Google frequently misses deadlines or because leakers use shady sources. Now, according to FPT leaker Jon Prosser, Google is “planning on releasing” the watch on Thursday, May 26. This is the “first time we’ve seen a specific date on the gadget behind the scenes,” he claims.

Prosser stated that it will be announced with the Pixel 6 in October 2021, but that it has been moved back to “Q1 2022” by Google. Whether or not Google had plans to release last year, he now claims that this leak is the “first we’ve seen a specific date on the gadget behind the scenes,” which makes it more likely to be accurate.

Pixel Watch 👇

I’m hearing that Google is planning on launching it on Thursday, May 26th — over year since we leaked it.

This is the first we’ve seen a set date on the device behind the scenes.

Google is known for pushing back dates — but if they do, we’ll know 👀

— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) January 21, 2022

Given the time of this announcement, Google IO 2022 is expected to take place on May 26. At the event last year, Google revealed Wear OS 3. It seems reasonable that it would release its own timepiece a year later.

Several recent Pixel Watch design rumors support the theory that Google’s watch is on the way. According to one chip leak, instead of the Snapdragon Wear 4100 used in most other Wear OS 3 watches, Google may employ an Exynos processor. In addition, according to a leak of Pixel Watch marketing materials, Google promises a “round, bezel-less design” that “unifies hardware and software.”

We’ve also seen a preview of what “stock” Wear OS 3 would look like, as opposed to the Galaxy Watch 4’s One UI watch screen. It’s unknown if the Pixel Watch will run standard software or will have its own customizations, similar to the Pixel 6.

Other watches from Mobvoi and Fossil, according to the current Wear OS 3 roadmap, aren’t expected until “mid-2022” at the earliest. According to this rumour, the Pixel Watch will be the second Wear OS 3 watch to hit the market.