Here are the nine photos of a ‘Pixel Watch’ – and a crazy story

Our first look at what appears to be the Google Pixel Watch comes under strange circumstances: someone allegedly found its prototype in a restaurant and sent photos of it to Android Center on condition of anonymity. The images of the supposed device match what we’ve seen in previously leaked renders, right down to the watch’s circular dial, rotating crown, and nearly bezel-less design.

As shown in the photos, a physical crown sits between two buttons on the side of the watch. If it’s something like the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, the two buttons can be used to turn the watch on or off, return to the home screen, or even as a shortcut to access recently used apps. Meanwhile, the small hole on the side of the crown could be a microphone or perhaps an altimeter sensor used to track stair climbing. How Android Center Notes, the four pins on the side of the watch may be used for testing purposes and may not appear on the final model.

The watch appears to have a physical crown between two buttons.
Image: Android Central

The bottom of the watch features a black bezel with what appears to be an oval-shaped health tracking sensor in the center. Android CenterThe source also says that the bottom of the watch has a smooth feel, noting that it “feels metallic but feels like it’s coated with glass”, similar to the Apple Watch’s glass stand.

What appears to be a sensor is found on the underside of the watch.
Image: Android Central

Unfortunately, Android Center source was not able to fully initialize the watch to see how the UI might look. When they tried to turn it on, a white Google logo appeared and nothing happened after that. A charger was not left with the watch either, but as Android Center notes, the watch can be charged inside its case, as can Google-owned Apple Watch and Fitbit Versa 3 and Sense smartwatches. While there are no photos of the band actually attached to the watch, it appears that it comes with a proprietary method for fitting the bands, while the bands themselves resemble the ones that come with Fitbit’s smartwatch lineup.

What’s almost more interesting than the watch itself is the story behind it. It’s similar to how the iPhone 4 leaked in 2010 – someone found a prototype iPhone in a restaurant, which was bought and demolished by Gizmodo (whose photos mysteriously disappeared from Gizmodowebsite, by the way). It turns out that a software engineer left the prototype there, so it is clear that such a situation has occurred and can occur.

But what’s strange about this lost and found case is that it doesn’t even look like Google is looking for the device (unlike Apple, who called to retrieve the prototype iPhone at the time). Of course, there’s always the possibility that this could all be some elaborate ruse by Google to get more publicity for its next watch, as this is all so reminiscent of the time when a Pixel 3 XL was found in the back of a Lyft (you Do you think we’d forget by now, Google?).

There are so many unanswered questions here, and while the circumstances surrounding the watch’s discovery may never be clarified, at least the characteristics of the real watch will be. So far, we know that Google will be calling the device the Pixel Watch (big surprise there), and we’ll likely find out even more details at next month’s Google I/O.

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