Google is not releasing a smartwatch this year.
The company confirmed on Friday in an interview with Tom’s Guide that it has no plans to release it’s own-branded smartwatch in 2018.
Tech news sites have been in a frenzy over the past few months over what many believed was proof that the company planned to launch its own competitor to the Apple Watch. The product was expected to be named the Google “Pixel” watch and sold as a compliment to the existing Pixel phone — but now that dream is dead.
The idea was that the Pixel watch would used to showcase the best of the company’s WearOS software, similar to the way existing Pixel phones show off the best features of Android. Google currently relies on hardware makers like Fossil, Michael Kors, and Tag Heuer to make the physical watches. Read more…