We’ve waited years for a Pixel Watch, not another last-gen Galaxy Watch

There’s a reason tech brands don’t usually take more than 1-2 years on a product, plus the fact that the long wait would scare away shareholders. You can’t just design a cool watch and insert the newest chip at the end; the whole design revolves around silicon. If you take too long, you’ll be stuck with next-gen hardware and either have to overwhelm your customers or ditch the design altogether and start from scratch.

Is the Pixel Watch the Duke Nukem Forever of the tech world?

The Pixel Watch is the exception. Google’s Senior Vice President of Devices and Services, Rick Osterloh, decided to cancel it in 2016 because he feared its lackluster performance “would bring down the name of the Google hardware brand.” He obviously gave it a second chance, and ironically, he was the one who unveiled it on stage at Google I/O 2022 last week.

But like the famous Duke Nukem Forever – a video game created 15 years ago and built on several outdated game engines – the Pixel Watch seems like an artifact from another era. And it’s fair to wonder whether or not Google should have done what it does best…and killed it again.

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A source told 9to5Google that the Pixel Watch uses the Exynos 9110 SoC, the same chip found in the original Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch Active 2, and Galaxy Watch 3. Samsung originally announced the chip in 2018, so this will be over four years old when the Pixel Watch ships this fall.

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