Every time we start to get excited about the Pixel Watch getting closer to launch, the goal posts continue to move further away. Earlier this week, a report from Max Weinbach at Android Police suggested that both the Pixel 6a and Pixel Watch started appearing in an unnamed US carrier’s database. This obviously suggests that Google would be getting closer to officially launching these devices.
as i mentioned in today’s show:
i am hearing that google has delayed the pixel 6a until late july. (chip shortage)
pixel watch is still may 26th, but the source believes it could soon be pushed as well.https://t.co/iqoh9RlCzk
— not jon prosser (@jon_prosser) March 4, 2022
If you want your excitement to be dashed, count on Jon Prosser to come to the rescue. In the latest edition of Front Page Tech, Prosser revealed that according to his sources, the Pixel 6a is being delayed until sometime in July. The reason is that Google is dealing with the same chip shortages that the world has been dealing with for the better part of two years.
As for the Pixel Watch, Prosser’s source revealed that, as of now, Google is still expected to launch its first wearable on May 26th. However, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if Google ended up pushing back the release date of the Watch to line up with the Pixel 6a. We can keep our fingers crossed that Google will just keep its original plans and launch the Pixel Watch by itself, but there’s really no telling what the company will do at this point.
Following the jumbled mess that was the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 launch in 2020, the hope is that history doesn’t repeat itself forcing the Pixel 6a and Pixel 7 to end up being released close to one another. If we’re lucky, the Pixel Watch won’t get canceled, and we won’t have to see any further delays in the release of the Pixel 6a. It’s all up to the powers that be at Google now.
There are still a lot of questions that need to be answered, such as how much both of these devices will cost. Google’s Pixel 6 is already pretty affordable as it is, coming in at $599 without any carrier promotions or other deals. A price of about $399 would make the most sense, but it also wouldn’t come as a shock if Google went down to $349 for the Pixel 6a. And with the Pixel Watch, Google will hopefully introduce a wearable that’s stylish, functional, and cost-effective. Fingers crossed.