We’ve been hoping for a Google-branded smartwatch since before Wear OS was even called ‘Wear OS’, and after years of enjoying the platform on wearable devices by production by third parties, we finally achieved our goal with 2022 Google Pixel Watch. The good news is that now that it’s really here, we shouldn’t be waiting long for a Pixel Watch 2.
Admittedly, with the first Pixel Watch still arriving only recently, the Google Pixel Watch 2 probably won’t land any sooner than late 2023; especially since we haven’t even heard any rumors about it yet, but it’s still a much faster turnaround than the eight-year gap between the launch of Android Wear and the arrival of Current Pixel Watch.
A successor is something Google is almost certainly working on, so expect leaks and rumors to surface soon. When that time comes, we’ll start adding them to this article, so check back often for all the latest developments on the Pixel Watch 2.
In the meantime, you’ll find our best predictions for the Pixel Watch 2’s release date and price, followed by a wish list of what we want from it.
- What is it? Google’s Next Pixel Smartwatch
- When is it out? May be October 2023
- How much it costs? Not clear, but possibly as little as $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 reasonable chance it will be announced around a year or so. years after the original Pixel Watch.
That means it’ll launch in or around October 2023, though with only one model available so far, we can’t be completely confident that Google will stick with annual updates.
However, assuming it lands in 2023, the most obvious timing would be with Google Pixel 8itself is likely to land in October 2023.
As for the price, it will probably cost about the same as the current Pixel Watch, which starts at $350 / £340 / AU$550, but that’s speculation for now.
Google Pixel Watch 2 News and Leaks
There isn’t any news about the Pixel Watch 2 at the time of writing, but we’ll fill this out as soon as we know anything.
However, there are some things we can predict. For one, it will certainly run Wear OS; Not only does the current Pixel Watch have the same platform, Google also made this one, so letting it run anything else would be ludicrous.
It will probably also retain most of the features of the current model, – in addition to all the standard features of a smartwatch – including the electrocardiogram.
What we want to see
As good as the Pixel Watch is, there’s a lot Google can do to make the Pixel Watch 2 even better, including the following:
1. Multiple sizes
The Google Pixel Watch is a one-size-fits-all device, which of course means it’s not the ideal size for everyone.
To be fair, it’s supposed to strike the best balance possible for a wearable that comes in only one size, but we’d still like to be more selective; as you get with Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Apple Watch 8for example – both come in two sizes.
2. Simpler band switching
One of the main issues we’ve found with the Google Pixel Watch is how complicated it is to switch bands. Google has opted for a proprietary system, making the selection of compatible straps out of the gate rather limited.
Proprietary systems sometimes make band swapping easier than it would otherwise, however, the opposite is true of the DSLR lens-inspired mechanism on the Pixel Watch.
Once we got the hang of it, the system proved to be less painful, but there’s definitely a learning curve, so this is definitely something we’re hoping Google will refine for the Pixel Watch 2.
3. A smaller bezel
Despite its moderate premium price, the Google Pixel Watch has a large bezel around the rounded display, which helps counter its high-quality look and feel and make it appear cheaper than it really is.
Thanks to some clever Google UI choices, the bezel isn’t particularly noticeable most of the time, but it’s still an incredible size for a modern smartwatch. . As such, we’d like to see this shrink to the point where people slap the Google Pixel Watch 2 hard on their wrist.
4. Make it more comfortable to sleep
Our review found that the Pixel Watch’s domed back made it a bit uncomfortable to sleep in, and it even woke our reviewer from their slumber on many occasions.
This is obviously not ideal, and while some sleepers may not have this problem, we do wish the Pixel Watch 2 had a flat back so no one would lose sleep over it.
5. Better Fitbit Integration
The Google Pixel Watch is a full-blown Fitbit device, with access to a dedicated Fitbit app and Fitbit Premium features (which come with six months of access as part of the price).
However, all of this feels unnecessarily 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 already owns Fitbit, it shouldn’t be too much to ask your Google account to act as your Fitbit login. As such, we hope all of this is streamlined in time for the Pixel Watch 2; as that would put it on the path to being a wearable killer and probably one of the best smart watch out there.