Our first take a look at what appears to be the Google Pixel Watch comes beneath unusual circumstances: somebody supposedly discovered its prototype mendacity round at a restaurant and despatched footage of it to Android Central on the situation of anonymity. The photographs of the purported machine match up with what we’ve seen from beforehand leaked renders, right down to the round watchface and rotating crown.
As proven within the pictures, a bodily crown sits between two buttons on the facet of the watch. If it’s something just like the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, the 2 buttons may very well be used to show the watch on or off, return to the house display, and even as a shortcut to drag up not too long ago used apps. In the meantime, the small gap subsequent to the crown may very well be a microphone or maybe an altimeter sensor used to trace stair climbing. As Android Central notes, the 4 pins on the facet of the watch could also be used for testing functions and should not seem on the ultimate mannequin.
The underside of the watch incorporates a black body with what appears to be like like an oval-shaped health-tracking sensor within the middle. Android Central’s supply additionally says the underside of the watch has a clean really feel, noting it “appears to be like metallic however feels prefer it’s coated with glass,” akin to the glass backing on the Apple Watch.
Sadly, Android Central’s supply wasn’t capable of absolutely boot up the watch to see how the consumer interface may look. After they tried turning it on, a white Google emblem appeared and nothing occurred after that.
A charger wasn’t left with the watch both, however as Android Central notes, the watch could also be charged inside its case identical to the Apple Watch and Google-owned Fitbit Versa 3 and Sense smartwatches. Whereas there aren’t any footage of the strap really connected to the watch, it appears to be like prefer it comes with a propriety technique for snapping within the straps, whereas the straps themselves resemble those that include Fitbit’s smartwatch line. You may view the whole thing of the leaked photographs on Android Central’s website.
What’s nearly extra attention-grabbing than the watch itself is the story behind it. Because of an Ask Me Something (AMA) put up on Reddit by u/tagtech414, the one that claims to be in possession of the watch, we are able to begin piecing issues collectively. (And sure, the individual posting appears legit; he exhibits a picture of the watch on his laptop computer display along with his Reddit put up within the background.)
u/tagtech414 says his bartending pal discovered the watch on the restaurant the place he works and held onto it for “a couple of weeks” ready for the house owners to return searching for it. Since nobody ever got here, the bartending pal determined to provide the watch to u/tagtech414 as a result of he’s a self-labeled “tech nerd.”
As for why the strap isn’t connected to the watch itself, he claims his pal forgot to provide it to him, citing “They had been packaged individually and he forgot to carry them over, so he despatched me footage of them for the article.” u/tagtech414 additionally answered some extra questions concerning the watch’s specs, noting that the bezel is definitely fairly giant and that the watchface is about 1.5 inches in diameter and half an inch thick. It appears to be like like u/tagtech414 continues to be updating the put up, so there could also be much more data quickly.
Even nonetheless, the state of affairs is much like the way in which the iPhone 4 was leaked method again in 2010: somebody discovered an iPhone prototype in a restaurant, which was then bought and torn down by Gizmodo (the pictures of which all mysteriously disappeared from Gizmodo’s web site, by the way in which). It seems a software program engineer left the prototype there, so it’s clear that such a state of affairs has and might happen.
However what’s bizarre about this case of misplaced and located is that it would not look like Google is even searching for the machine (in contrast to Apple, which put out a name to get its iPhone prototype again on the time). u/tagtech414 additionally says he hasn’t been contacted by Google but. In fact, there’s at all times the likelihood that this might all be some elaborate ruse by Google to get extra publicity for its upcoming watch, as that is all very paying homage to the time a Pixel 3 XL was discovered at the back of a Lyft. (Did you assume we’d overlook already, Google?)
There are such a lot of questions left unanswered right here, and whereas the circumstances surrounding the invention of the watch could by no means be cleared up totally, not less than the options of the particular watch will. To this point, we all know that Google will name the machine the Pixel Watch (enormous shock there), and we’ll seemingly discover out much more particulars at subsequent month’s Google I/O.
Replace April twenty fourth, 7:22PM ET: Up to date so as to add that the individual claiming to be in possession of the Pixel Watch prototype began an AMA put up on Reddit and added some extra data offered by the Reddit put up.