We’ve been waiting for a private label Google smartwatch since before Wear OS was called ‘Wear OS’ and after years of leveraging the platform on third-party wearables, we finally got our wish with the 2022 Google Pixel Watch. The good news is that, now that it’s actually here, we shouldn’t wait that long for a Pixel Watch 2.
Admittedly, with the first Pixel Watch still recent, the Google Pixel Watch 2 probably won’t arrive until late 2023; especially since we haven’t heard rumors about it yet, but it’s still a much quicker turnaround than the eight-year period between Android Wear’s debut and the arrival of the current Pixel Watch.
A successor is something Google is almost certainly already working on, so expect leaks and rumors to start surfacing soon. When the time comes, we’ll start adding them to this article, so be sure to check back regularly for all the latest developments on the Pixel Watch 2.
In the meantime, you’ll find our best guesses on the Pixel Watch 2’s release date and price, followed by a wish list of what we want from it.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Google’s next Pixel smartwatch
- When do you leave? Possibly October 2023
- How much will it cost? Not clear, but probably at least $350 / £340 / AU$550
Google Pixel Watch 2 release date and price
We don’t know when the Pixel Watch 2 will be announced, but since the smartwatch industry generally tends to move in annual cycles, there’s a good chance it will be unveiled about a year after the original Pixel Watch.
That would mean a release around October 2023, although as there’s only been one model so far, we can’t be entirely confident that Google will keep annual updates.
Still, assuming it arrives in 2023, the most obvious moment would be next to the Google Pixel 8, which is likely to arrive in October 2023.
As for the price, it’s perhaps similar in cost to the current Pixel Watch, which starts at $350 / £340 / AU$550, but that’s just speculation for now.
Google Pixel Watch 2 news and leaks
There is no Pixel Watch 2 news at the time of writing, but we will fill this section as soon as we hear something.
There are some things we can predict. On the one hand, it will unquestionably run Wear OS; not only does the current Pixel Watch sport the same platform, Google makes the platform, so to run anything else would be ridiculous.
It will presumably also retain most of the features of the current model, which – in addition to all the standard smartwatch features – includes an ECG.
what do we want to see
As good as the Pixel Watch is, there are many things Google can do to make the Pixel Watch 2 even better, including the following:
1. Various sizes
The Google Pixel Watch is a one-size-fits-all device, which of course inevitably means it’s not the right size for everyone.
To be fair, it undoubtedly strikes the best balance possible for a wearable that will only come in one size, but we still prefer to have the choice; like you get with the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Apple Watch 8, for example – both come in two sizes.
2. Simpler band switching
One of the main issues we encountered with the Google Pixel Watch was how complicated it is to switch bands. Google has opted for a proprietary system, creating a very limited selection of compatible straps.
Proprietary systems sometimes make the process of switching bands easier than it would otherwise be, however the opposite is true with the DSLR camera lens-inspired mechanism at work in the Pixel Watch.
Once we got to grips with it, the system proved less painful, but there’s certainly a learning curve, so this is definitely something we hope Google refines for the Pixel Watch 2.
3. A smaller frame
Despite being moderately premium priced, the Google Pixel Watch has a massive bezel around its circular display, which works against its high-end appearance and makes it look cheaper than it is.
Thanks to some smart Google UI options, the bezel isn’t particularly noticeable most of the time, but it’s still a shocking size for a modern smartwatch. As such, we want to see that reduced when people put the Google Pixel Watch 2 on their wrists.
4. Make it more comfortable to sleep
Our review found that the Pixel Watch’s dome-shaped back made it a little uncomfortable to sleep, and it even woke our reviewer from his slumber on several occasions.
That’s obviously not ideal, and while some sleepers might not have this problem, we’d like the Pixel Watch 2 to have a flat back so no one loses sleep over it.
5. Better Fitbit integration
The Google Pixel Watch is a complete Fitbit device, with access to a dedicated Fitbit app and Fitbit Premium features (it comes with six months of access as part of the price).
However, this all feels needlessly disjointed, as you need a separate Fitbit account to access many of the health and fitness features on the Pixel Watch, while a Google account handles everything else.
Since Google now owns Fitbit, it doesn’t seem like much to ask for your Google account to act as your Fitbit login either. As such, we expect everything to be streamlined in time for the Pixel Watch 2; as that would put it on the path to becoming a killer wearable and perhaps one of the best smartwatches on the market.
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