Does the Google Pixel Watch have LTE?
Best answer: Yes! Google is offering a version of the Google Pixel Watch with 4G LTE connectivity so you can maintain a connection to things like incoming calls, messages, and more without having your phone nearby, or even with you at all.
What else do you get with the Google Pixel Watch?
Introduced at Google I/O in May 2022, the Google Pixel Watch marks an interesting new direction for the company following its acquisition of Fitbit. While Google WearOS is found in many smartwatches already, this will be the first Google Pixel branded smartwatch to hit the market.
Google only teased some details about the watch at the event, but now it's officially here. The watch has a circular face, reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and an interesting departure from the square faces typically found in Fitbit smartwatches like the Versa 4 and Sense 2. On the side is a crown for navigating menus that resembles the Apple Watch Digital Crown. Like other smartwatches, you can swap out the band for different colors and styles as desired.
Running on a reimagined version of Google’s WearOS platform that Google says is designed to “feel fluid and made especially for the iconic circular design,” you can access popular Google apps from the watch, including Maps, Wallet, and Google Assistant.
You also get some familiar Fitbit features, including things like Active Zone Minutes that are unique to Fitbit along with its reliable continuous heart rate and sleep tracking.
Google Fast Pair is also included, along with smart control features for doing things like playing, pausing, or rewinding content on a compatible device, adjusting volume, or even turning up the heat on the thermostat remotely. Find My Device, meanwhile, makes it easy to “ring” a phone from the watch and vice versa should you misplace it.
The Google Pixel Watch is designed to work only with Google devices, so iPhone users will have to look elsewhere. Keep in mind that Fitbit smartwatches and trackers continue to be compatible with both.
If you want something similar, you can also look into the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic, both of which come with LTE versions and feature a similar design. However, there are interesting ways to connect Pixel phones, earbuds, and watches for “personalized help throughout your day,” a compelling option for customers looking to get all three types of tech.
With the 4G LTE connection, which comes in at a higher price and with a recurring fee for cellular service, you can leave your phone at home, or in the locker room at the gym, for example, and still be able to make and receive calls, view messages, calendar updates, and more from the watch’s own connection.
The Google Pixel Watch falls on the premium end of the scale when it comes to pricing. Given the combination of Google features for connectivity and usability with the power and reputation of Fitbit when it comes to sports, fitness, health, and wellness tracking, we wouldn’t be surprised if the Google Pixel Watch soon ranks among the best smartwatches with LTE.
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Christine Persaud has been writing about tech since long before the smartphone was even a "thing." When she isn't writing, she's working on her latest fitness program, binging a new TV series, tinkering with tech gadgets she's reviewing, or spending time with family and friends. A self-professed TV nerd, lover of red wine, and passionate home cook, she's immersed in tech in every facet of her life. Follow her at @christineTechCA.