You received’t have to attend an excessive amount of longer for the Pixel Watch 2. Not solely have rumors and leaks been gaining steam in latest weeks however FCC filings for the watch additionally arrived over the weekend. FCC filings typically occur shortly earlier than the official launch and may typically reveal new details about a forthcoming product. Sadly, primarily based on the submitting, it doesn’t seem like the rumored extremely wideband (UWB) shall be a function on the next-gen Pixel Watch.
That’s a little bit of a bummer, as UWB holds plenty of promise within the wearables area. You’re in all probability most aware of it in merchandise trackers (e.g., AirTags, Samsung Galaxy SmartTag) to allow precision discovering. Nonetheless, it may be used for options like unlocking your automobile — although that is nonetheless a use case with out a lot widespread adoption. That stated, this isn’t a horrible setback, both. Though the Pixel Professional telephones, Pixel Pill, and Pixel Fold have already got UWB functionality, Google lately introduced it was delaying the growth of its Discover My System community for private security concerns.
One other fascinating tidbit within the filings was a point out of a steel mesh strap and a steel slim strap. Google initially stated there can be a steel mesh strap when it launched the Pixel Watch — you may truly see it in our hands-on video. Whereas the steel hyperlink strap launched in June, the Milanese model has been lacking in motion. The reference to a steel slim strap can also be a primary, although it’s unclear whether or not it’s a slimmer model of the aforementioned straps or one thing else completely.
Even with out UWB, rumors are portray an fascinating image for the second-gen Pixel Watch. To date, the watch is rumored to get the Fitbit Sense 2’s cEDA sensor for stress monitoring, and Google simply introduced a redesign for the Fitbit app is on the best way. We’re additionally anticipating to see Put on OS 4 on the machine, and Google will purportedly ditch Samsung’s Exynos W920 chip for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon W5 Plus platform. Altogether, these rumors make it seem that Google is bettering general well being monitoring and battery life — two of the primary points we had with the preliminary Pixel Watch at launch. We’ll have to attend and see, however up to now, that is shaping as much as be one of many extra fascinating smartwatch launches this fall.