Just hours after tech journalist and noted leakster, Evan Blass (aka @evleaks), tweeted about Google’s planned ‘Pixel-branded’ smartwatch, reports seem to suggest that the tech giant may actually be working on as many as three such devices, not just one.
According to German site WinFuture, the three devices are under development, and have been codenamed ‘Ling’, Triton’ and Sardine’. There’s no further info about them at the moment, but the publication speculates that all three might be based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform, which comes with a quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU and an Adreno 304 GPU.
Earlier in the day, Blass tweeted about ‘a reliable source’ telling him ‘with high confidence’ that Google will launch a Wear OS smartwatch alongside the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL at the company’s annual hardware launch event this fall.
Besides the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, and second-gen Pixel Buds, a reliable source tells me — with high confidence — that Google's fall hardware event will also introduce a Pixel-branded watch. Have a great summer!
— Ev (@evleaks) May 10, 2018
As reports have already suggested over the past several weeks, Google is expected to unveil its third-generation Pixel handsets later this year, and information about the upcoming smartphones have already started trickling in.
The name ‘Pixel 3’ was spotted within the AOSP source code back in March, which is possibly as good a clue as any that Google is indeed working on what’s expected to be the successors to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
Breaking: Pixel 3 will be called Pixel 3 pic.twitter.com/x3upYoC6FR
— Ivan Mehta (@IndianIdle) March 6, 2018
It’s worth noting here that there’s not a whole lot of info right now about the hardware specs, software features, pricing or availability of any of the upcoming devices, but at least one Forbes contributor seems to to believe that the upcoming Pixel handsets will be ‘expensive’, although, there’s no source cited for that assertion.
Alongside the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL and the Wear OS devices, Google is also expected to launch its second-gen Pixel Buds at the event. They will certainly not be the showstoppers, but it will be interesting to see how well the company will be able to address some of the issues that stopped the first-gen devices from becoming as popular as the Apple EarPods. Making them totally wireless will certainly be a start.