It is hard to believe that Google took this long to launch its own smartwatch. After so many rumors and speculation, the long wait is finally over. Google’s Pixel Watch is officially ready to launch and the tech giant has gone ahead to release the official application for the wearable.
The Pixel Watch App is now available for download on Google’s Play Store platform. While there isn’t much you can do with the app until the smartwatch ships, you can download it to familiarise yourself with its user interface and prepare for when you finally get the watch on your wrist.
The app listing shows some interesting screenshots of what the app’s UI would look like when the Pixel Watch is connected. On the main screen, we can see the app features a sleek black UI and shows the connected watch’s face with battery, connection, and notification status.
The Pixel Watch companion app has different buttons to change the watch faces, adjust tiles, customize notifications, and manage Google accounts. Other features you can perform on the app according to the description on the app listing include app installation, setting up mobile operator, and managing privacy settings.
Google’s Pixel Watch is a minimalist smartwatch with a 41mm case and a rounded 1.2-inch always-on AMOLED display. The watch runs on Google’s Wear OS 3.5 and brings a bunch of Google’s suite of services, such as Google Assistant, Google Maps, YouTube Music, and Google Pay, to your wrist.
The Pixel Watch comes in two flavors: Wi-Fi and LTE. It boasts some impressive health and fitness tracking features as it leverages most of Fitbit’s technology. The sensors on the watch include sensors for blood oxygen levels, heart rate, ECG, and ambient light.
Google will start shipping the Pixel Watch on October 13 but you can pre-order the watch now on Google Store or Amazon. The watch is priced at $350 for the Wi-Fi version and $400 for the LTE version. It is compatible with only Android devices running on Android 8.0 or higher.