Google in partnership with Samsung launches a new smartwatch


Once again, Google is hitting the reset button, combining with Samsung’s Tizen wearable operating system for a new wearable OS, tentatively called “Wear.” The company is throwing in the towel on Wear OS. It’s trying yet again, this time with Samsung’s Tizen OS helping to fill in the gaps that Google can’t. It’s theoretically good news for Android owners interested in a decent smartwatch but one that’s damning of Google’s lackluster efforts in the smartwatch space to date. In the years since Google first introduced Wear OS, there’s never been a truly good Android-powered smartwatch. Samsung’s Tizen-powered watches have been the best option for years, but they’re ultimately Samsung watches. They still work best with Samsung phones, and while they’re good enough with other Android devices, there’s the friction of extra helper apps that need to be installed to get them to work. It’s obvious why Google would want the benefits of battery life, app support, and performance that Samsung has cultivated over the past few years; but it’s harder to understand why Google hasn’t managed to build any of this.

Pixel 6 now seem to have a smaller sibling with new leaks

OnLeaks released CAD renders of what is supposedly Google’s next flagship phone, the Pixel 6 Pro, and now the noted leaker has followed up with details and images of the smaller model. The so-called Pixel 6 looks like it’ll adopt the same distinctive design as the Pro, with one colourway featuring orange and white sections broken up by a glossy black bar that houses the camera bump. It’s said to be a dual-camera setup, presumably a regular wide and an ultrawide. The 6 Pro, on the other hand, appears to include a periscope telephoto lens. Both phones are depicted with a single centrally aligned hole-punch selfie camera. 91Mobiles says that the Pixel 6 has a 6.4-inch display with flat edges, unlike the curved 6.67-inch panel used in the 6 Pro. The 6 reportedly also has wireless charging, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and bottom-firing stereo speakers, with dimensions of 158.6mm x 74.8mm x 8.9mm. There’s no word on exactly when the Pixel 6 will launch, but Pixel phones do have a habit of leaking well before their eventual release date, so we could well be waiting until fall.