According to reports, the long-rumoured in-house smartwatch from Google will finally launch in 2022.
Insider reports that a smartwatch from Google codenamed Rohan will launch next year. When it hits the market, it will probably launch commercially as the Pixel Watch.
Rohan is said to have a round design without a physical bezel. Google employees have reportedly been allowed to use the prototype for feedback purposes but claim that it currently needs to be charged daily.
Jon Prosser spoke of the existence of a Google smartwatch under the codename of Rohan earlier this year and created some renders in collaboration with RendersByIan:
Google’s wearable efforts have left much to be desired, especially when compared to the Apple Watch. However, it hasn’t been entirely Google’s fault.
Apple fans often boast of how the company is able to offer a great experience through having tight control over both the software and hardware of its devices. Google, meanwhile, has been forced to rely on third-party hardware.
WearOS devices have used Qualcomm Wear chips that, for a long time, used the now-archaic 28nm process and offered sluggish performance and poor battery life.
Last year, Qualcomm released the Wear 4100 chip which bumped up to using a 12nm process with four A53 CPU cores clocked at 1.7GHz. However, the only manufacturer to use it was Mobvoi.
What has been in Google’s control is the WearOS software which has seemed to be just ticking (pun intended) along. Most updates have been quality-of-life rather than major features. Google just hasn’t shown much interest in its wearable platform
On the hardware front, Google is known to be working on its own chips for Pixel devices. These may not make it into the company’s wearables – at least not initially – but it would allow Google to have the same tight hardware-software integration as Apple.
Even if Google doesn’t use its own chip, the Wear 4100 is now perfectly adequate. There’s also the option of using a chip from its new WearOS partner, Samsung