Alphabet Inc.’s GOOG GOOGL Google’s upcoming Pixel Watch 2 will feature advanced tools from Fitbit Sense 2, such as temperature measurement and stress tracking tools, insiders reveal.
What Happened: Google has announced the launch of Pixel Watch 2 on October 4, as reported by 9to5Google on Monday. The new smartwatch is rumored to have a user interface similar to Fitbit, a thermometer for skin temperature readings, and a new stress management feature.
Insiders told 9to5Google that Pixel Watch 2 may allow users to check their body temperature at any time through the Fitbit mobile app. It is also suggested that the device may include an Electrodermal Activity (EDA) sensor to help users manage stress.
Additional leaks suggest that Google’s second smartwatch will have improved safety features. The Pixel Watch 2 may automatically show a user’s medical information after a car accident, in sync with Pixel phones’ Car Crash Detection feature.
Moreover, users may be able to schedule Safety Checks that alert their emergency contacts if they fail to respond and share their location with trusted contacts during emergencies. However, these features will require an LTE connection and an active data plan.
Why It Matters: The news of the Pixel Watch 2’s advanced features comes after a recent controversy about Google about Google’s lack of a screen replacement policy for the Pixel Watch. This caused debates about electronic waste and raised questions about Google’s inconsistent repairability policy for its Pixel devices.
This launch follows Google’s announcement of an annual Pixel hardware event scheduled for October 4, where the company is expected to launch the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro smartphones, along with the Pixel Watch 2.
The Pixel Watch 2 is among the devices set to be unveiled at the October 4 event, as confirmed by Google. Given the recent controversy, it remains to be seen how the new watch’s advanced features will be received.
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