Google recently held its “Made by Google” press event today, showing off its latest hardware and software endeavours. While we got a good look at the company’s plans for AI, the big focus was on its Pixel-branded products. This includes its latest Wear OS-powered device, the Pixel Watch 2, which combines features from both Google and Fitbit.
The Pixel Watch 2 comes with a refined look that bears a resemblance to Google’s first-generation watch, although it does come with some small changes in design. Google says that the casing on the device is made from 100% recycled aluminum, and comes in matte black, polished silver, and champagne gold variants.
The Pixel Watch 2 retains the rounded display seen on its predecessor, and is now made with custom 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 covering a 320 ppi AMOLED display with up to 1,000 nits of brightness, and always-on display. Powering the Watch is the Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 platform, a rather big upgrade compared to the older Samsung processor from last year, which works alongside 32GB of internal storage, as well as 2GB of RAM inside.
For software, the watch ships with Wear OS 4, the latest version of Google’s wearable smart platform. There’s also the usual array of fitness-tracking features, including sleep tracking, heart rate monitoring and skin temperature sensor to name a few, which feeds metrics and data that users can keep an eye on using the official Fitbit smartphone app.
Other hardware details include an action button and rotating crown combo, a built-in microphone and speaker, and is available in LTE and Wifi versions. The Pixel Watch 2 starts at $349 with six months of Fitbit Premium included, and is available for pre-order today.