Google Pixel Watch faces massive hurdles with economy, no iPhone support

    Google's debut smartwatch will go on sale Oct. 13 for $350, the Alphabet Inc unit said
    By: REUTERS
    | Updated on: Oct 07 2022, 22:11 IST
    Google Event: From Android 13, Pixel 6a, Pixel Watch to Pixel Buds Pro, here are 5 top products announced
    Android 13 by Google. (HT PHOTO)
    1/5 Android 13 by Google. (HT PHOTO) (HT_PRINT)
    Google Pixel 6a
    2/5 Google Pixel 6a: The Google Pixel 6a is equipped with a 6.1-inch FHD+ OLED display and comes with 6GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage. It also has features such as under-display fingerprint sensor, Titan M2 security chip and a dual camera setup. It is priced at $449. (Google)
    Pixel Buds Pro
    3/5 Google Pixel Buds Pro: The Google Pixel Buds Pro price on launch is $199 and will be available for pre-orders starting July 21. The Pixel Buds Pro are equipped with an ear-pressure balancing technology which Google calls ‘Silent Seal’. The Google Pixel Buds Pro are rated IPX4 and the case itself is IPX2 rated. (Google)
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    4/5 Google Pixel Watch: The Google Pixel Watch will launch as a competitor against the popular Apple Watch. It will be made by Fitbit and will have rounded corners as well as Fitbit health tracking features. The Pixel Watch will run the WearOS and will support features such as Google Maps, tap to pay, notification access, Google Assistant and more. (Google)
    Pixel 7
    5/5 Google Pixel 7 Series: Google also gave away a sneak peak at its upcoming flagship Pixel 7 series, the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro. The phones will have some slightly different camera cutouts and back panel. Pixel 7 and 7 Pro will have two and three cameras, respectively similar to the current Pixels. (Bloomberg)
    Google Pixel Watch
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    Google Pixel Watch has no iPhone support, can face adoption issues.  (Google)

    Google's debut smartwatch will go on sale Oct. 13 for $350, the Alphabet Inc unit said, taking on a field dominated by Apple Watch at a time when inflation-hammered consumers are shunning all forms of pricey wearables

    At $100 more than Apple Inc's lowest-cost model and limited to people with Android phones, the Google Pixel Watch faces enormous obstacles to adoption, market analysts say. Even sales of the Apple Watch have slipped this year as consumers delay purchases or select cheaper rivals. 

    "The market is not as robust as it once was," said Jitesh Ubrani, a research manager at market intelligence firm IDC, adding that aggressive discounting will be crucial to Google. Google apps already work with watches from companies including Apple, Samsung Electronics Co and Fitbit, which Google bought last year and whose devices are known for tracking personal health. The new round-faced Pixel Watch, made from stainless steel and glass with dozens of wristband options, enables contactless payments, music control and turn-by-turn directions. A model with cellular connectivity costs $50 more. 

    The watches will be sold in the United States and several other countries. They will not pair with iPhones because Apple gives its own watches exclusive access to messaging and other important features users would want, said Sandeep Waraich, a Google director of product management. Hardware sales are a growing part of Google's sales, with benefits also coming through more opportunities to sell ads and services subscriptions. 

    Google also said its latest smartphones would go on sale in 17 countries starting Oct. 13. They include a $599 Pixel 7 with a 6.3-inch display and a shinier $899 7 Pro with a 6.7-inch display, further camera zoom and additional RAM. Though a small player in smartphones overall, Google's sales are accelerating. It shipped 3 million phones in the first half of this year, up 131% on a year ago, according to tracking company Canalys. (Reporting by Paresh Dave; Editing by Peter Henderson and Richard Pullin)

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    First Published Date: 07 Oct, 22:10 IST
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