Google in the present day previewed its first smartwatch forward of a fall launch alongside the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. In doing so, Google made notice of how the Pixel Watch “requires an Android 8.0 or newer cellphone,” whereas foregoing any point out of iPhone help.

Put on OS 2 watches have long required “telephones working Android 6.0+ (excluding Go version) or iOS 13.0+.” The Galaxy Watch 4 had the identical minimal Android requirement at the same time as Samsung makes use of its personal Galaxy Wearable companion app.  

Appropriate with Android 6.0 or increased, RAM 1.5GB above


In accordance with the effective print on the 16-second Pixel Watch “first look” clip, Android 8.0 Oreo from 2017 (in comparison with 2015’s Marshmallow) is required. In sensible phrases, excluding Android 6, 7, and seven.1 does probably not exclude that many potential Pixel Watch house owners.

In the meantime, Google makes no point out of iPhone help for the Pixel Watch. This is similar to how the Galaxy Watch 4 was the primary Put on OS gadget since 2015 to not be appropriate with iOS. It stays to be seen whether or not this will even be the case for brand spanking new third-party watches working Put on OS 3 later this yr.

This comes as an interview with Fitbit founder James Park on Wednesday stated that the corporate’s smartwatches and trackers would proceed working with iOS. Park didn’t have something to say in regards to the Pixel Watch and iPhone, however that lack of help does give Fitbit a cross-platform differentiator.

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