The Heart of Google’s Pixel Watch Might Come From Samsung

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 with a red wriststrap.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, which uses Wear OS 3 and an Exynos chip. Samsung

New leaks suggest that Google’s first Pixel Watch won’t run on a Snapdragon or Tensor processor. Instead, it may use a Samsung-made Exynos W920 chip, the same processor behind the new Galaxy Watch 4. Additionally, the Pixel Watch could finally introduce on-device Google Assistant speech processing to Wear OS.

As discovered by 9to5Google, the Wear OS 3 emulator contains some evidence that the Pixel Watch (codenamed Rohan) runs on an Exynos chip. It’s a strange thing to think about—Google’s custom-made Tensor chip is a smash hit, so why use a Samsung processor?

A leaked image of Next-Gen Google Assistant running in Wear OS 3.
A leaked image of Next-Gen Google Assistant running in Wear OS 3. 9to5Google

Simply put, Google may need to use the Exynos W920 in its Pixel Watch. The Qualcomm Snapdragon chips utilized in most smartwatches aren’t powerful enough for Wear OS 3 and have a terrible battery life. Google can’t just shove a Tensor chip that’s made for a smartphone into a watch, so an Exynos chip is its only option.

Wear OS 3 will supposedly support Snapdragon smartwatches in mid-2022, but Google probably wants the extra power offered by Exynos. After all, 9to5Google found that the Pixel Watch will probably introduce “next-gen Google Assistant” to Wear OS. This version of Assistant offers on-device voice processing (as opposed to cloud-based voice processing), so it requires a decent chipset.

We’re still not sure when Google will launch the Pixel Watch. In fact, we’re still not certain that Google will even launch a smartwatch. But given the current landscape (most smartwatches suck, only the Galaxy Watch 4 runs Wear OS 3), it feels like 2022 is the perfect year for a Pixel Watch.

Source: 9to5Google

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