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Pixel Watch seems more likely to be announced in May, new details emerge ahead of Google I/O

Kate Spade smartwatches that run on Google's Wear OS. | Photo credit: Marco Verch / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

More information about the long-rumored Pixel Watch has recently appeared in the wild. While the specifics are still under wraps, the new leak adds more weight to the existence of Google’s upcoming smartwatch and its potentially imminent launch.

The latest information on Pixel Watch comes from noted leaker Evan Blass. He shared a screenshot of a document that mentions “interactive tutorials” for a product called “Pixel Rohan.” It can be recalled from earlier reports that “Rohan” is the rumored internal name for the unannounced Pixel-branded smartwatch.

As mentioned, the new leak does not have that much information or specific details on technical specifications. It also remains to be seen if the device would be officially called “Google Pixel Rohan” or simply “Pixel Watch.”

The same document also indicates that the smartwatch would run on Wear OS 3.1. Note that Google has yet to release this version of Wear OS, but its appearance in the new Pixel Watch leak could be another indication of its announcement at the Google I/O conference that will kick off on Wednesday, May 11. With that, it would not be surprising to see the Pixel Watch unveiled at the same event.

Blass did not mention a release date, but he captioned the leaked image with, “Won’t be long now.” That appears to be a hint that the Pixel Watch could launch soon.

Jon Prosser previously released rendered images that were reportedly based on leaked Pixel Watch designs from his Google sources. These were, however, reported last year so it remains to be seen if Google made significant changes throughout the time that it remained mum on the development of the smartwatch.

9To5Google’s APK teardown of some Google apps late last year has also revealed some interesting details possibly pertaining to the Pixel Watch features. For one, there were references to the use of the next-generation Google Assistant that uses on-device data to carry out tasks. The same report said the codes also mentioned an unnamed Exynos chip that may be used for the upcoming smartwatch.

Aside from the Pixel Watch, Google is also expected to announce the Pixel 6a phone. But there are varying reports on the mid-range phone’s possible release date, so it is unknown yet if it will be unveiled with the smartwatch at the same time.

Photo by Marco Verch from Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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