We’ve now received several looks at the upcoming Google Pixel Watch, but there’s likely to be one or two new announcements left when the device is finally fully revealed – which should be on October 6th.
One of these ads could be around a Google Photos watch face for the Pixel Watch. as seen by 9to5Google (opens in new tab)there’s now a hidden code in the Google Photos app for Android that suggests support for adding photos to a wearable’s screen.
It seems that multiple images can be selected, although there is a limit not yet specified. Presumably, if more than one photo is chosen, the watch face will pass through them, although the details of how this works are still not entirely clear.
photos for everyone
There’s no indication that this Google Photos watch is exclusive to the Pixel Watch: while Google may introduce the feature alongside the Pixel Watch, it will likely make its way to other Wear OS 3 smartwatches eventually.
That said, it’s worth bearing in mind that features come and go in app development all the time. It is likely that the code identified here will be turned into a full feature, but there is no guarantee.
We’ve heard a few rumors surrounding the Pixel Watch since Google confirmed its existence. It will apparently be equipped with dual chipsets and be priced lower than the Apple Watch – although it might not be on sale for a while.
Review: Google playing catch up
Being able to use your own choice of photos as a smart watch face is pretty basic functionality – and yet it’s a feature that doesn’t currently exist for Wear OS device owners, without the help of a third-party app.
It’s something the Apple Watch has been able to do for years, of course. You choose your favorite images – your kids, your pets, your trip around the world – and they appear on the tiny screen on your wrist.
While this might not seem like the most important of the smartwatch’s features, it does highlight the update Google needs to make. It’s far, far behind Apple in the wearables market right now, both in terms of hardware and software.
Bringing Fitbit to Google should help: there are now moves to merge Fitbit and Google accounts, and going forward we should see more polished and attractive devices. For now, we wait to see what the Pixel Watch will offer and at what price.