Potential Pixel Watch launch date hints at Google I/O timeline

Wear OS 3 Google Pixel Watch Savior
Wear OS 3 Google Pixel Watch Savior (Image credit: Nick Sutrich / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Jon Prosser has claimed the Google Pixel Watch will launch on Thursday, May 26.
  • Given the usual May timing for Google IO, we predict Google will announce the watch at the event.
  • Recent spec leaks indicate the Pixel Watch will have an Exynos chip, a round bezel-less design, and at least two buttons.

Whether it's Google consistently missing its deadlines or just leakers with bad sources, we've been fooled several times about when the Google Pixel Watch would launch. Now, FPT leaker Jon Prosser has claimed that Google is "planning on launching" the watch on Thursday, May 26, and that this is the "first we've seen a set date on the device behind the scenes."

Prosser originally claimed that Google would announce it alongside the Pixel 6 in October 2021, then that Google had pushed it to "Q1 2022." Whether or not Google ever had designs to launch last year, he now says this leak is the "first we've seen a set date on the device behind the scenes," making it more likely to be true.

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Given the timing of this announcement, it makes sense that Google IO 2022 will also take place on May 26. Last year, Google announced Wear OS 3 at the event. It makes a certain kind of sense it would announce its own watch a year later.

We've seen several recent Pixel Watch design leaks that lend credence to the idea that Google's watch is on the way. One chip leak suggests Google may use an Exynos chip instead of the Snapdragon Wear 4100 found in most other Wear OS 3 watches. And a Pixel Watch marketing materials leak shows that Google is promising a "round, bezel-less design" that "unifies hardware and software."

Google Pixel Watch Marketing Image

Source: Jon Prosser (Image credit: Source: Jon Prosser)

We've also gotten a glimpse of what "stock" Wear OS 3 could look like, compared to the specific One UI watch screen seen on the Galaxy Watch 4. It's unclear if the Pixel Watch will actually use stock software or if it'll have its own twist on the software, just like the Pixel 6 itself.

Source: Google via Reddit

The current Wear OS 3 timeline suggests other watches from Mobvoi and Fossil won't arrive until "mid-2022" at the earliest. So based on this leak, the Pixel Watch will be the second Wear OS 3 watch to arrive.

Michael L Hicks
Senior Editor, VR/AR and fitness

Michael is Android Central's resident expert on fitness tech and wearables, with an enthusiast's love of VR tech on the side. After years freelancing for Techradar, Wareable, Windows Central, Digital Trends, and other sites on a variety of tech topics, AC has given him the chance to really dive into the topics he's passionate about. He's also a semi-reformed Apple-to-Android user who loves D&D, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings.

For wearables, Michael has tested dozens of smartwatches from Garmin, Fitbit, Samsung, Apple, COROS, Polar, Amazfit, and other brands, and will always focus on recommending the best product over the best brand. He's also completed marathons like NYC, SF, Marine Corps, Big Sur, and California International — though he's still trying to break that 4-hour barrier.