Three Pixel Watch models have received Bluetooth certification, and are nearing release 2022-04-27 10:18:00


Google’s Pixel Watch is one step closer to its launch today, as three smartwatch models have received approval from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG).

We’ve learned a lot about the Wear OS device for the first time from Google in the past few weeks, especially as pre-release units have made their way into the hands of a few. We now have a solid idea of ​​what the Pixel Watch will look like, both his own design Reminds us of York Mint Patty as well fitness sensors And watch strap They both borrow heavily from Fitbit.

The biggest questions we’re left with now relate to the Pixel Watch’s software, internal hardware, and its release date. Regarding this last front, there are quite a few regulatory steps that any device should take before it is sold anywhere in the world. One such move was made last week, when Google applied for a trademark From the phrase “Pixel Watch”.

The latest action Google has taken is to seek approval for the Pixel Watch to use Bluetooth connectivity, a certification provided by the Bluetooth SIG. according to new list The Pixel Watch went live late Tuesday night, and it has now received that approval, and in doing so, we’re learning more about the smartwatch.

For starters, the software version number for the Pixel watch is listed – RWD5.211104.001.001. Interestingly, these are some of the builds behind what’s currently available to developers through Android Studio, with the latest Wear OS 3 emulator using the version that starts with “RWD7. However, it is unlikely that Google will release the Pixel Watch on software that is months old, and that was most likely what was used during certification.

The most important detail comes from the Pixel Watch model numbers that appear in the Bluetooth menu. Instead of just one model, there are three distinct Pixel Watch models – GWT9R, GBZ4S, GQF4C.

Given the current lack of solid evidence, all we can do is speculate on what is different between these three models. Our leading theory is that instead of having multiple models side by side in stores, Google may offer a different model in different regions of the world, due to the different cellular bands required. This has been a common practice for Google’s Pixel phones in recent years, and it would make sense for the Pixel Watch to follow suit.

We should learn more about the differences between these Pixel Watch models once the smartwatch hits its next regulatory leg, the FCC. There, each individual model will usually get its own separate menu, allowing us to see the differences in connectivity and size, if any.

Until then, it’s still exciting to see the Pixel Watch get step by step closer to getting ready for release. With just two weeks to go until Google I/O – the developer-focused event that has, in the past, been a hardware launch – things may just continue to ramp up for the much-anticipated smartwatch.

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