New Google Pixel Watch won’t work with your iPhone


OAKLAND, Calif. –

Google’s debut smartwatch will go on sale within the U.S. on Oct. 13 for US$350, the Alphabet Inc unit stated on Thursday, taking over a subject dominated by Apple Watch at a time when inflation-hammered customers are shunning all types of dear wearables.

At $100 greater than Apple Inc’s lowest-cost mannequin and restricted to individuals with Android telephones, the Google Pixel Watch faces huge obstacles to adoption, market analysts say. Even gross sales of the Apple Watch have slipped this yr as customers delay purchases or choose cheaper rivals.

“The market isn’t as strong because it as soon as was,” stated Jitesh Ubrani, a analysis supervisor at market intelligence agency IDC, including that aggressive discounting can be essential to Google.

Google apps already work with watches from firms together with Apple, Samsung Electronics Co and Fitbit, which Google purchased final yr and whose units are identified for monitoring private well being.

The brand new round-faced Pixel Watch, produced from stainless-steel and glass with dozens of wristband choices, allows contactless funds, music management and turn-by-turn instructions. A mannequin with mobile connectivity prices $50 extra.

The watches can be bought in the USA and several other different international locations. They won’t pair with iPhones as a result of Apple offers its personal watches unique entry to messaging and different necessary options customers would need, stated Sandeep Waraich, a Google director of product administration.

{Hardware} gross sales are a rising a part of Google’s gross sales, with advantages additionally coming via extra alternatives to promote adverts and companies subscriptions.

Google additionally stated its newest smartphones would go on sale in 17 international locations beginning Oct. 13. They embrace a $599 Pixel 7 with a 6.3-inch show and a shinier $899 7 Professional with a 6.7-inch show, additional digicam zoom and extra RAM.

Although a small participant in smartphones general, Google’s gross sales are accelerating. It shipped 3 million telephones within the first half of this yr, up 131% on a yr in the past, in accordance with monitoring firm Canalys.

Reporting by Paresh Dave; Modifying by Peter Henderson and Richard Pullin


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