Although Google has confirmed that the Pixel Watch is on the way, he hasn’t really said much more about it – and that means we’re still counting on rumors and leaks, with the latest proving to be pretty disappointing.
The team in 9to5Google did some research on the Fitbit Android app, finding references to sleep tracking on the Pixel Watch and the following message: “You’ll need at least 30% charge to track a full night’s sleep.”
About eight hours is the standard recommendation for sleep duration, and if 30% of the smartwatch’s battery life is enough to cover that, we could be looking at 24 hours between charges for the Google Pixel Watch, which would make it quite similar to the The Apple Watch, and certainly not bothering the top of the best smartwatches list.
There is an app for that
Google now has Fitbit, of course, but it wasn’t as clear how much support the Fitbit app would have for the upcoming watch. There is were indications that Google would release a dedicated Pixel Watch app to manage the device.
It also doesn’t look like Google Fit is going anywhere, based on that little information we havewhich opens up the possibility that you end up using three different apps to manage everything that’s happening on the Pixel Watch.
We hope the situation will become clearer when the Pixel Watch finally goes on sale. The actual release date is another thing we’re not sure about, but the wearable is expected to appear alongside the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro around October.
Analysis: 24 hours is the minimum
When it comes to smartwatches, a day of battery life is the least manufacturers can do. It’s hard to imagine someone wanting to buy a wearable that needs to be charged during the day and overnight.
While 24 hours between charges is a little disappointing, that’s what you get from the Apple Watch. That hasn’t really changed since the first version of the wearable was released, and it hasn’t hurt sales much.
However, Apple (and perhaps now Google) are at risk of falling behind in terms of battery life. Garmin and Samsung smartwatches (including the new Galaxy Watch 5) can typically take two days or more between charges.
Bigger batteries, more efficient components and software tweaks can help squeeze more life out of wearables, but for anything approaching the impressive battery life of a Google smartwatch, it looks like we might have to wait for the Pixel Watch 2.