Jon Prosser shared a rendering of Google’s first smartwatch codenamed “Rohan,” indicating that Google plans to adopt a circular design for its flagship wearable watch.
Prosser shared these renderings on an episode of his YouTube show “Front Page Tech,” in which he claimed that these renderings were made based on marketing materials he viewed from Google sources. The rendering shows that the Pixel Watch will use around borderless design, with no buttons other than the crown on the right.
Unlike the Apple Watch, the screen itself is completely circular in shape. Internally, the Pixel Watch will be equipped with a heart rate sensor, but as of now, it is still unknown if it has more advanced health features (like blood oxygen monitoring on the Apple Watch Series 6).
Prosser said that just like the Apple Watch that allows users to swap and switch frequency bands, Google will provide around 20 frequency band options for the Pixel Watch.
This watch can run WearOS, which is Google’s operating system for smartwatches. Regarding the launch, Prosser said the watch will make its debut “sometime in October,” but since Google is used to postponing or even canceling the product entirely, he cautions with caution.
In 2019, Google signed a $ 40 million deal with watchmaker Fossil to own ownership of its smartwatch division. As a result of this transaction, Fossil smartwatches have joined Google’s WearOS family, which has also sparked widespread speculation that Google intends to make its own branded smartwatches to compete with the Apple Watch.
Since its launch in 2015, the Apple Watch’s design has remained largely unchanged, except for the thinner, lighter, and larger displays due to the smaller bezels. A recent patent indicates that Apple is working on an Apple Watch design that has the following characteristics: wrapping the strap, making the strap an extension of the display itself.
The watch is rumored to launch in October this year.