Our first look at what appears to be the Google Pixel Watch comes under strange circumstances: Someone is said to have found their prototype in a restaurant and uploaded photos of it. Android Central on condition of anonymity. The images of the alleged device match what we’ve seen from previously leaked renders, right down to the round dial, rotating crown and nearly bezel-less design.
As can be seen in the photos, there is a physical crown between two buttons on the side of the watch. If it’s anything like the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, the two buttons can be used to turn the watch on or off, return to the home screen, or even act as a shortcut to retrieve recently used apps. Meanwhile, the small hole next to the crown could be a microphone or perhaps an altimeter sensor used to track climbing stairs. if Android Central notes, the four pins on the side of the watch can be used for testing purposes and may not appear on the final model.
The bottom of the watch has a black frame with what appears to be an oval-shaped health-tracking sensor in the center. Android CentralThe source also says the bottom of the watch feels smooth, noting that it “looks metallic but feels like it’s covered in glass,” similar to the Apple Watch’s glass back.
Unfortunately, Android Centrals source was unable to fully boot the watch to see what the UI might look like. When they tried to turn it on, a white Google logo appeared and after that nothing happened. There was also no charger with the watch, but if Android Central notes, the watch can be charged in the case, just like the Apple Watch and the Fitbit Versa 3 and Sense smartwatches from Google, which are owned by Google. While there are no photos of the band actually attached to the watch, it appears that it comes with a decent method of clipping the bands, while the bands themselves resemble those from Fitbit’s smartwatch line.
What’s almost more interesting than the watch itself is the story behind it. It’s similar to the way the iPhone 4 was leaked in 2010: someone found a prototype iPhone in a restaurant, which was then bought and broken down by Gizmodo (whose photos have all mysteriously disappeared) Gizmodowebsite by the way). It turns out that a software engineer left the prototype there, so obviously such a situation has and can arise.
But what’s weird about this lost-and-found case is that it doesn’t seem like Google is looking for the device (unlike Apple at the time, calling for its iPhone prototype back). Of course, there’s always the possibility that this could all be a complicated ruse by Google to get more publicity for its upcoming watch, as this is all very reminiscent of the days when a Pixel 3 XL was found tucked into the back of a Lyft ( Do you think we forgot already, Google?).
There are so many unanswered questions here, and while the circumstances surrounding the watch’s discovery may never be clarified, the features of the actual watch will. So far we know that Google will call the device the Pixel Watch (huge surprise there), and we’ll likely discover even more details at next month’s Google I/O.