Google didn't show a lot of Wear OS (formerly Android Wear) during its I/O conference this week, but it doesn't mean the company isn't working on something. A new rumor suggests that Google might launch a Pixel Watch smartwatch this fall alongside the Pixel 3 and the second-generation Pixel Buds. This rumor came from notorious leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) on Twitter. Blass says he got his information from a reliable source and he has "high confidence" that Google will launch a Pixel-branded smartwatch this fall. The leaker didn't provide any more information on Google's Pixel smartwatch, but a separate report claims that Google is not only working on just one smartwatch.
Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. The author is a Forbes contributor. The opinions expressed are those of the writer. For me the Pixel XL was easily the best smartphone of 2017 and others agree. Speaking at a roundtable discussion during Mobile World Congress last week, Rick Osterloh - Google's senior vice president of hardware - told Android Pit: "You can count on a successor this year, even if you don't hear a date from me now."
The final round of security updates for Google's first generation of Pixel phones will be released in December. The original Pixels and Pixel XLs weren't included in Google's November round of security updates. The company later confirmed it will include fixes from the November update in the December security download, which is planned to be the final official security update for first-generation phones. The original Pixel and Pixel XL were released on October 20, 2016, and Google promised they would get two years of Android system updates and three years of supported security updates. Many had expected the October security update to be the last, but Google is going two months beyond the original time frame to help keep owners of the original Pixel secure, according to a report from The Verge.
At least Google's upcoming hardware event won't be a total surprise. Details of the company's next smartphones, called the Pixel and Pixel XL, were leaked by U.K.-based retails Carphone Warehouse, reports Android Police. Both listings have since been taken down. According to the report, both Pixel and Pixel XL will boast AMOLED displays using Gorilla Glass 4, minimum storage of 32 GB and 12 megapixel rear cameras. Users will also get free unlimited photo backups using Google Photos.
At its event in San Francisco today, Google debuted its two newest flagship phones - the Pixel and the Pixel XL. The Pixel phones are the latest to run Android Nougat, the latest version of Google's mobile operating system. The Pixel and Pixel XL are both powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor with 4GB of Ram and come with 32GB or 128GB of internal storage. Both phones have a 12.3-megapixel f/2.0 aperture camera on the back and an 8-megapizel front-facing camera on the front. Google says the Pixel Phone cameras scored an 89, which is the highest camera waiting for any smartphone camera.