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Apr 12, 2001

Renders of Google's first smartwatch, codenamed "Rohan," have been shared by Jon Prosser, showing that Google plans to adopt a circular design for its flagship wearable watch.


Prosser shared the renders in an episode of his YouTube show "Front Page Tech," in which he claims they were made based on marketing material he had seen from a source within Google. The renders show that the Pixel Watch will adopt a bezel-less, circular design, with no buttons, except for a crown on the right.


The display itself, unlike the Apple Watch, features a completely circular form factor. Internally, the Pixel Watch will feature a heart rate sensor, but it so far remains unknown if it sports more advanced health features such as blood oxygen monitoring on the Apple Watch Series 6.


Like the Apple Watch, which allows users to swap and change bands, Google will offer around 20 band options for the Pixel Watch, according to Prosser.

The watch will presumably run WearOS, Google's operating systems for smartwatches. As for a release, Prosser says the watch will debut "sometime in October" but warns to be cautious given Google's habit of delaying and even canceling products altogether.

In 2019, Google signed a $40 million deal with watchmaker Fossil to take ownership of its smartwatch division. As a result of the deal, Fossil smartwatches joined Google's WearOS family and also spurred widespread speculation that Google intends to make its own-branded smartwatch to compete with the Apple Watch.

Besides changes to make it thinner, lighter, and the screen bigger thanks to smaller bezels, the Apple Watch design has largely remained the same since its launch in 2015. A recent patent has revealed that Apple is researching an Apple Watch design with a display that wraps around the band, where in turn, the watch band becomes an extension of the display itself.

Article Link: Google Pixel Watch Allegedly Leaks with Circular Design, Rumored to Launch in October
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macrumors 604
Sep 22, 2012
Andover, UK
There are 2 types of people in the smart watch world.... those that want a watch that also does some tech computer type stuff, and those that want a wrist computer that also happens to tell the time.

I feel this is for the former, and the Apple Watch is for the latter.


Sep 29, 2015
This should appeal to all the "purists" claiming that watches should be round. ones that never saw a nice square Omega or Audemars Piguet.
I'm no purist, but I do believe any Breguet or Vacheron Constantin round watch are better looking than square Omega or Audemars Piguet.

I hate google and all and android with a passion. But one has to admit that this watch looks sleek AF.


macrumors regular
Oct 30, 2017
Wow it looks really nice. I wonder how the battery life would be since it looks so thin.

Apple needs to improve the battery life of their Apple Watch, the battery life now is not great. I wonder why Apple has a huge Taptic Engine inside such a small device, it’s almost the same size as the one in the iPhones. They would get a lot more space for battery if they shrink the Taptic Engine.


macrumors 6502a
Sep 15, 2014
I do love my Series 6, and I intend to keep it for a while but if there is a chance that Apple finally launch a round Apple Watch, I'd upgrade it in a heartbeat. :)

I guess, it's a matter of when and not if. However, I hope they keep both designs, so people can choose their own preference, unlike a few here "Purists" who hate round watches with a fiery passion.


macrumors 6502a
Jan 16, 2007
It's a digital watch. Not an analogue one. Why does it have to be round?

So Google can market it as a (poor) point of difference to the market leader ?

Lets hope things like this get sorted then -

"Google’s Wear OS is often called neglected, and honestly, it’s an apt description when you hear stories like this. For the past few months, the “Hey Google” hotword on Wear OS has been broken.

Reports on Reddit and the Google Issue Tracker show that the “OK Google” and “Hey Google” hotwords to trigger Assistant have not been working on Wear OS smartwatches. The issue apparently first showed up around November 2020 and has gone mostly unnoticed in the time since aside from the occasional Reddit thread."

Can you imagine the baying for blood on here if this was broken on an AW for a day let alone months as it took Google 4 months to fix.....
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macrumors 6502a
May 18, 2012
A lot of people comparing with Apple watch (obviously), but a better comparison might be samsung watches, which looked pretty nice imo. No way the Google watch will be as slim as the renders though.

That said, I prefer the square of apple watch personally. With the steel/aluminum cases, the bands, the rhinoshield like cases, you can make it look any way you prefer. Haters can hate all they want, but the market has clearly spoken with the popularity of apple watch. I love mine too.


macrumors 65816
Apr 25, 2017
A bit plastic looking but OK. As watches are fashion statements, a round version is a natural option to have.
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