Google Pixel Watch to come with ECG, SOS alerts & Fitbit Premium subscription

A premature Pixel Watch retail listing has provided some interesting glimpses of the upcoming device. It seems that Google’s first smartwatch will come with an ECG and the ability to send SOS alerts. A free 6-month Fitbit Premium subscription is part of the package.

In a few days we will know all the details about Pixel Watch. The device is expected to launch on October 6 along with some non-portable products.

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Much is already known about the device and Google has shared a wealth of images and addressed the specs of the watch. However, some questions still remain.


Bezel size unclear

For starters, the company seems to deliberately choose product images where the thickness of the bezel isn’t clear. Not surprisingly, this has led to a lot of speculation. With large bezels, the watch probably won’t be very appealing.

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The first retail mention of the Google Pixel Watch surfaced earlier today. And while the listing offers no further indication of the bezel size, it does reveal information that wasn’t previously known.

This is a Europe based website stating that the watch will be available to order from October 13th, with delivery 6 days later. In this article you will find images of the device taken from this source. You’ll notice that the images once again show a black dial making it impossible to see the actual bezel size.


EKG/ECG, Free 6-month Fitbit Premium subscription

As expected, Pixel Watch will come with Fitbit activity and health features. One of them is the ability to create an electrocardiogram. This works in conjunction with the Fitbit EKG app.

An EKG (or EKG as it’s also known) is a simple test that allows you to check your heart’s rhythm and electrical activity. Presumably the user will have to hold the watch by its sides to take the on-demand reading while the second sensor is on the back of the watch.

Google Pixel Watch ECG
Google Pixel Watch – ECG

Confirmation that the connection between Pixel Watch and Fitbit Health Smarts runs deep comes in the form of a free membership. When you buy the Google-branded watch, you automatically get a free 6-month Fitbit Premium membership. The subscription usually costs around $10 per month. This is exactly the same deal you get when you buy a new Fitbit smartwatch.

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Ability to send SOS alerts

Another piece of interesting information to emerge from this retail listing is that the watch can send SOS alerts. This looks very much like similar features found on the Apple Watch.

The advertisement simply says “Feeling safe thanks to SOS messages” (translated). You need an active 4G/LTE or WiFi connection for this to work. This works both via a connected smartphone and via a cellular-enabled Pixel Watch. According to Google, the SOS feature only works in certain markets.

Google Pixel Watch SOS
Google Pixel Watch SOS alerts

Software that will be available on the watch from launch includes Google Assistant, Google Apps, Home Control (smart bulbs, thermostats, etc.) and Quick Pair. You can also connect to Google Maps, Google Calendar, Gmail and use the device for contactless payments via Google Wallet.

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The watch costs €356 in Europe and comes with a stainless steel case and WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. There will also be a mobile phone variant that will cost around €40-50 extra. The retail listing has now been pulled, but don’t be surprised if more leaks surface as we get closer to the Pixel Watch’s official launch.

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