Alphabet subsidiary Google unveils $350 ‘Pixel Watch’ — $100 more than Apple Watch SE; no iPhone support

Google’s first smartwatch, a subsidiary of Alphabet, an Android phone-only deal with a round display with huge bezels, dubbed the “Pixel Watch,” goes on sale on October 13 for $ 350, or $ 100 more than the Apple Watch. SE more comprehensive than Apple, which starts at just $ 299.

Google's $ 350 Pixel Watch has a huge bezel that runs all around the display
Google’s $ 350 Pixel Watch has a huge bezel that runs all around its wrongly shaped round display

Reuters:

At $ 100 more than Apple Inc’s cheapest model and limited to people with Android phones, the Google Pixel Watch faces huge hurdles to adoption, market analysts say.

“The market isn’t as strong as it once was,” said Jitesh Ubrani, head of research at market intelligence firm IDC, adding that aggressive discounting will be key to Google.

The watches will be sold in the United States and many other countries. They won’t pair with iPhones …

Google also said its latest smartphones will go on sale in 17 countries starting October 13. They include a $ 599 Pixel 7 with a 6.3-inch display and a brighter $ 899 7 Pro with a 6.7-inch display.

MacDailyNews takes: Google phones are the next iteration of a long, steady, weak yawn.

As for the Google Clock, the huge, wide, mis-shaped display frame is a giant wasted moat!

Google’s bargain-chasing consumers are hammered by rampant inflation. Good luck selling overpriced wearables to the demographic that is content with poor people’s iPhones, Google.

Some consumers today, much less than in 2015 when the Apple Watch debuted, to think they want a round face smartwatch because most wristwatches throughout history have been round since pretty much all they have done / continue to do is tell the time and, ta-da, most watches are round .

Of course, Apple Watch is more than just a watch. Consumers thought they needed a beard of plastic keys on their phones and also floppy drives in their computers. Because that’s all they knew. And then, somehow, they learned to Think Different ™.

Just because “this is the way it has always been done” does not make it valid to continue doing it.

If I asked people what they wanted, faster horses would answer. – Henry Ford

Android watch manufacturers [still have to] understand that they need to create square displays (lists are square, not round, and lists dominate smartwatch uses) … – MacDailyNews, August 14, 2015

The round is wrong. – MacDailyNews, September 9, 2015

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