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Pixel Watch 2a: Google's Cheaper Smartwatch May Have Surfaced

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The I/O 2024 is set to kick off on May 14 where Google is eagerly anticipated to debut the heavily leaked Pixel 8a and provide more details about Android 15. But apart from the mid-ranger smartphone, Google could have another hardware surprise in store after a mysterious smartwatch has been spotted.

A Wear OS wearable with full array of connectivity

As found in the FCC repository (via 9to5Google), a listing about an unnamed device identified with model number G4SKY has recently surfaced. As with other Google products, the listing suggests that the device's launch may happen soon.

Upon further digging, the device in question has a related electronic label viewing instructions in the settings as with Google's existing Pixel Watch 2 (review) and Pixel Watch, which indicates it runs on Wear OS.

More importantly, it was highlighted that this wearable comes in a single variant with Bluetooth LE, Wi-Fi, and 4G LTE connectivity, giving weight to it for being a smartwatch rather than a set of wireless headphones or earbuds.

For what is worth, the suite of connectivity features could mean this is unlikely the Pixel Watch 3 as the upcoming flagship smartwatch is said to retain UWB instead of Bluetooth LE. Additionally, it has been known that Google refreshes its smartwatch in the fall for the past two generations. Therefore, it is safe to say this is not the 3rd gen Pixel Watch. So, what could this be?

Will there be a Google Pixel Watch 2a?

Unfortunately, there were concrete evidence that Google is working on a new smartwatch other than the Pixel Watch 3 that is said to come in two sizes. What we can build from this, is that it could be a Pixel Watch 2a or a step-down and cheaper variant to the Pixel Watch 2.

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Standard watch face: The Fitbit Sense 2 on Fitbit OS shows you the most important metrics at a glance. / © NextPit

Another possibility is that this may end up as one of Fitbit smartwatches but runs on a Wear OS. Google has been long rumored to ditch Fitbit OS from the Fitbit wearable after it has fully acquired the company a few years ago. Powering these smartwatches with Wear OS could let Google fully integrate its services to these devices.

Nonetheless, we don't need to wait for too long to confirm if what wearable would be tagged alongside the Pixel 8a as Google's I/O is just around the corner.

We want to know what's your guess about this mysterious smartwatch? Do you think the Internet search giant is launching a Pixel Watch 2 variant?

Source: 9to5Google

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Jade Bryan

Jade Bryan
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I still remember how amazed I was when I first got hold of the Nokia 3210 back when I was a kid, and it was during that time I developed my love for technology, particularly for mobile phones. I started sharing my knowledge through writing in different blogs and forums back in Nokia Nseries era. I even make videos before where I put different phones side-by-side. Today, I'm still an avid enthusiast of smartphones, but my interests have evolved into smart devices and electric vehicles.

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