What you’ll want to know
- A report from 9to5Google claims the Pixel Watch is powered by a four-year-old processor.
- The chipset in query was launched in 2018, alongside the unique Galaxy Watch.
- There’s nonetheless no indication as to what this implies for compatibility with at the moment out there Wear OS smartwatches.
We knew there needed to be a catch with the Pixel Watch. Google’s unveiling of its first in-house constructed smartwatch made waves following leaks we’ve supplied and it made an look through the Google I/O 2022 keynote.
Leave it to leaks to pour some rain on the parade, as 9to5Google is reporting that the Pixel Watch received’t be utilizing a custom-designed Tensor SoC and even Samsung’s newest Exynos W920 processor. Instead, the supply states that the Pixel Watch is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 9110 chipset, which first debuted in 2018 alongside the unique Galaxy Watch.
From there, the 9110 processor has been included in a number of the greatest Android smartwatches over the previous few years. This consists of the Galaxy Watch Active 2 from 2019, and the Galaxy Watch Three which was changed by final 12 months’s Galaxy Watch Four and Watch 4 Classic.
As urged by this report, the explanation for this determination from Google might be attributable to how lengthy the Pixel Watch has been in growth. Google is claimed to have been engaged on the Pixel Watch for a number of years, possible beginning the mission “when the 9110 was new,” versus it being one thing that would really make the most of these newer processors.
What makes this considerably problematic is the truth that we nonetheless don’t know which present Wear OS watches will probably be supported by Wear OS 3. Shortly after Google I/O 2021 concluded, Qualcomm jumped the gun a bit, confirming that any smartwatch powered by the Snapdragon Wear 4100 and better would be capable to make use of Wear OS 3. However, Google was swift in its response, stating that it has not “confirmed eligibility or timeline on whether or not any Wear OS smartwatch will replace to the brand new unified platform.
Naturally, the primary thought might be that Google was attempting to close down the concept of older chipsets being suitable with the brand new frameworks. But if this new report seems to be true, Google might find yourself in a variety of scorching water for utilizing a chipset that’s even older than Qualcomm’s current-generation wearable SoC. Especially after leaving third-party watchmakers out of the loop for the previous 12 months, ad infinitum.
We nonetheless have at the least a number of months to go earlier than we’ll know for positive what Google is utilizing to energy the Pixel Watch. And if this older SoC is on the helm, it could be robust for Google’s first smartwatch to face above the Galaxy Watch 4, not to mention a possible Galaxy Watch 5.
We have reached out to Google for feedback and can present an replace when one is offered.