After the Google I / O Developer Conference recently ended, rumors are circulating from various sources that the search giant will launch its first private label smartwatch before the end of this year. A number of factors indicate that a pixel watch would be a logical move for the group.
A tweet from the universally trusted American blogger Evan Blass has given credibility to the rumors. He mentions the possible revelation of a Pixel Clock in the fall of 2018. The review of the Wear operating system and the latest announcements by Qualcomm both suggest that this could actually happen.
The upcoming version of Wear OS, based on Android P, will have greater autonomy, which used to be one of the weak points of the system. For example, apps can no longer run in the background when the clock is not in the charger. In addition, it is expected that a new, darker UI will be installed by default to improve readability and consume less energy.
In another good news, Qualcomm announced it is working on a new high-performance resilient chip for Wear OS smart watches. The Google Smartwatch may be the first to be outfitted with this next-gen processor. It's likely to be unveiled this fall during a Google hardware launch event that will also unveil the new generation of Pixel smartphones.
Wear OS (formerly Android Wear) currently operates smartphones from Asus, Fossil and Huawei, Lenovo, LG and Tag Heuer, but their sales have not really declined. According to IDC figures, Apple has taken first place in the portable electronics market ahead of Xiaomi, Fitbit and Garmin, none of which uses Android Wear. Now it's up to Google to grab the bull by the horns and develop a watch that shows its expertise to finally convince the public in this market.