As rumors have it, Google Pixel Watch is still in making. The last speculative date for its launch was set in the midweeks of August, but the company decided not to release it. The Pixel Watch itself is shrouded in mystery as Google has not yet confirmed its development, let alone its release date.
So what to do if you own a smartphone by Google and are looking for the best smartwatch for a Pixel phone?
There is no need to wait on Pixel Watch as there are plenty of options for you to avail of.
After scouring the internet for hours, we have compiled a list of the best smartwatch for the Google Pixel phone series.
Below, you will find smartwatches with mostly Google Wear OS (previously known as Andriod Wear) and Tizen that are highly compatible with Google Pixel Phones.
If we have to choose one, Fossil Gen 5 would be our best pick. Released almost a year ago, the watch rivals top brands like Apple, Garmin, and Suunto.
Fossil Gen 5 is as powerful as it is aesthetically appealing. With Wear OS, it works perfectly fine with Latest Google Pixel Phones. To mention a few: Google Pixel 5, 4A (5G) & 3 XL.
Read the full review below to find out the strengths and weaknesses of Fossil Gen 5.
If you are looking for something up to date, more powerful, TicWatch Pro 3 is the watch to get for your latest Google Pixel Phone.
To save you the suspense, it has the most powerful processor: QUALCOMM Snapdragon Wear 4100. Plus, Wear OS for seamless connectivity with Google Pixel Phones.
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The Smartwatches Listed Here Are Compatible With The Following Models:
Google Pixel 5 Series (2020): Pixel 5
Google Pixel 4 Series (2019): Pixel 4, 4XL, 4A 5G(2020)
Latest Google Pixel 3A Series (2019): Pixel 3A, 3A XL
Google Pixel 3 Series (2018): Pixel 3, 3XL
Google Pixel 2 Series (2017): Pixel 2, Pixel 2XL
The First Google Pixel Series (2016): Pixel, Pixel XL
Best Watches For Google Pixel Phones: Comparison Table
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy; Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Motorola Moto 360 Sport is an old watch with features that are relevant even in 2020. The key reason to add this watch in our roundup is of course the ‘Wear OS’ it features. It is compatible with all the Google Pixel phones, but that is not it’s only benefit.
The watch is designed with athletes in mind, especially the runners. It is waterproof to a fair degree, but doesn’t track swimming. As far as the display is concerned, it still beats many smartwatches of 2020 with its Anylight hybrid display. Moreover, the hardware fitted inside is powerful enough for a seamless performance. Last but not least, it has a rugged build quality to withstand wear and tear.
On the down side, it is only available as a renewed watch: the company has discontinued the product. (Therefore, the price is comparatively cheap) The battery life is sup-bar (One day), and the strap is irreplaceable and rough.
Accurate Built-in GPS
A remarkable Anylight Hybrid display
Charging is quick and easy
Poor battery life
Don’t support multi-sport tracking
Motorola Moto 360 Sport is more of a smartwatch than a fitness tracker. The company has discontinued the product, so we have added the renewed product here which might have its own complication. Having Wear OS, it is perfectly compatible with Google Pixel Phones, both the new and especially the old one. This watch is for athletes on a budget.
Sensors: In-built GPS, Heart rate tracker, accelerometer sensors, geomagnetic and air pressure sensors.
Water and dust Resistance: 5 ATM rated
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
You will be taken aback by the design of Amazfit GTS—a ditto copy of apple watch. The cut-rate price is justified by the limited features this watch offers and the limited hardware it has. To users’ utter dismay, this watch has storage options and the company has care less to provide the detail of its hardware.
A few top features include its top quality 1.65-inch Amoled display, a comfortable design and a surprisingly long battery life. The always on display, though with a considerable bezel, is an appreciable feature. Metal body and changeable straps might make you love the watch(If you go for mere looks). But it is mainly the battery life that will blow your mind.
Nevertheless, the downsides make it a less attractive option unless you are on an extremely tight budget. The sleep and heart rate tracking is often inaccurate, the watch fails to respond to multiple notifications at a time, and there are limited features for you to customize the watch.
In built GPS tracker
Excellent battery life
Quality Design (Inspiration from an Apple Watch)
Highly comfortable for 24/7 wear
Can’t respond to notification
This watch is more of a fitness tracker than a smartwatch. Not very original design, but the company has tried its best to give it the appearance of an Apple watch. As it works perfectly fine with Google pixel phones, and in general all android phones, it is the cheapest most efficient smartwatch for Google pixel.
Sensors: Accelerometer, GPS, heart rate tracker and much more
Battery: 415 mAh (lasts two day)
Water and dust Resistance: Waterproof 5 ATM
This smartwatch has no comparison to the Amazfit GTS we discussed earlier as it features Wear OS by Google and therefore is highly suitable for the Google Pixel users (Especially those who are on a shoestring budget)
To point out the key benefits, we would love to share with you that the watch has an in-built GPS, so you won’t have to carry your phone with you all the time for fitness tracking. It works perfectly for indoor exercises (GYM).
The battery life is fairly longer than Motorola Moto 360 Sports watch, and you will get a brand new watch. Also, the company is offering a one year warranty and a 30 days money-back guarantee with the smartwatch.
To the disadvantages of this watch, the company has cut corners by chunky plastic design which is quite annoying. Moreover, the data is not very accurate, so forget about full-throttle athlete training with this watch. For that, you should look for Ticwatch S2 which we will cover later in this article.
1 month money back guarantee, 1 year warranty
Decent battery life
Chunky Plastic built
Mobvoi Fitness software is unnecessary
Fitness Data not in-dept
Ticwatch E2 is the cheapest watch that features wear OS, and all the benefits the latter have. You can access google assistant, track basic exercises, and have a quite decent battery life performance with Ticwatch E2. Again, with wear OS, it seamlessly connects with all Google pixel phones.
Connectivity: 4.1 Low Energy and Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n.
This smartwatch has an unashamedly feminine design and it is completely in line with the one followed in its predecessors—Fashion-focused and visually appealing. That said, It takes little to guess that the watch is made for casual gym goers or exercises and not athletics and extreme sports.
Contactless payment is the very best feature of this watch. It works seamlessly with google pay and involves a security pin whenever you take off the watch. Onboard GPS tracking is pretty accurate, and the key feature that distinguishes it from its predecessors is the heart rate monitoring. Features like customizable watch faces and a microphone/speaker combo for google assistant are pretty cool.
One of the many downsides is its extremely unreliable battery life. It lasts less than 24 hours. Users have reported screen lags and niggling GPS issues which cannot be ignored mainly due to the sheer number of users that complained about it.
Inbuilt GPS NFC and GPS
Microphone and speaker to interact with google assistant
Battery performance (less than a day)
A little pricey for the limited features it offers
Niggling GPS Issues
This smartwatch owing to the Wear OS is a great watch for Google Pixel users. Just keep in mind that it is a fashion-focused smartwatch and is not suitable for sports fans. It looks good on the wrist and the most compelling features to buy this one are contactless payment and in-built GPs tracking.
Best Smartwatches For Google Pixel Phones: Under $250
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is an enhanced version of Frontier watch. Unlike physical bezel rotation for navigation, this watch features a quite impressive touchscreen bezel navigation. Also, the battery life is 5 days which lives up to the promise if you use it casually.
Active 2 has a rugged built up. It can withstand shock, can be submerged in water, and can take falls from a considerable height. We have also featured it as the best rugged smartwatch in a separate dedicated post.
Active 2 is a standalone smartwatch as you can make calls and reply to text. It has a powerful processor, RAM and storage combo to allow you leave your smartphone at home. You can track your movement in real time, pay bills using samsung pay and don’t have to miss out on important notifications.
Lastly, the Active 2 has a stunning design. It is extremely light weight thanks to its aluminium casing. The bands are interchangeable and highly comfortable.
Good battery Life
Automatic Workout Tracking
LTE, Built-in GPS
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 has a lot in common with the SAMSUNG GEAR S3 FRONTIER we discussed earlier, but it is a little expensive and a more attractive design. It is as rugged as the latter (frontier), and yet the company has managed to keep its weight considerably low. Moreover, heart rate tracking is accurate and reliable. It is perfectly compatible with Pixel Phones, and almost all the android phones.
Battery: S3’s 380-mAh battery can last up to three days
Water and dust Resistance: MIL-SPEC-810G Rated, IP68 Rated, Can be submerged upto 1.5 m for 30 minutes
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi adapter
4G LTE enabled Standalone smartwatch
Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is a durable smartwatch in an affordable price range. The company has considerably enhanced many features and added a few extra to woo its users. No doubt it is one of the best selling watches by the company.
A MIL-SPEC-810G Rated and IP68 Rated device, this watch is built to withstand the extreme abuse. The battery life is Ok, three days on a single charge. Quick navigation made possible by rotating bezel is really exciting. Though not labelled as one, it can proved to be a tactile watch. In short, it ticks all the boxes of ruggedness.
In-built GPS, LTE and a number of exciting sensors would allow you to leave your smartphone at home. Tizen OS works perfectly fine with both Apple and Android devices, but there is a caveat. It has very limited no of apps to actualize the full potential of the smartwatch.
On-board GPS and LTE
Stunning Display with bezel control
Very limited Apps
This standalone smartwatch by Samsung has only one major shortcoming: limited apps. Though the hardware is pretty much there, the Tizen-based applications to realize their full potential are absent. Overall, this affordable smartwatch gives you the freedom to leave your Google Pixel at home, as you would nearly have all the essential features to get along.
Battery: Up to 6+ days battery life, 12 minutes fast charging
Water and dust Resistance: IP68 rated
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
Fitbit Versa 3 is a major upgrade from Versa 2. With Sleep and Heart Rate Tracking its bread and butter, it offers an impressive 6 days battery life. It competes neck to neck with much expensive competitors like Apple and Garmin Smartwatches.
Versa strengths includes its reliable tracking data and an impressive app. 1.58-inch Amoled display supports always-on mode but it drains the battery life of the watch.
There is a speaker-microphone pair in the watch but it only takes calls and cannot be used to control Google assistant and Alexa. Though it doesn’t track swimming data, the watch can be submerged in water. You can swim and bath wearing this watch.
There is less to complain about, but the very concerns raised by users are worth mentioning. The hidden button is quite stiff and can become unresponsive on occasions. There is a slight lag in performance and several advanced (running) features are missing.
Built in Alexa, works perfectly with google assistant
Solid Fitness Tracking
Full fitness features
Solid battery life
Minor Lag in performance
As the parent company of the Fitbit and Google is the same, there is a good reason to believe that the latest Fitbit watches work perfectly fine with the Google Pixel phones. Fitbit Versa 3 had long remained the flagship product by the company until it was replaced by more powerful products. With Versa 3, you will be never disappointed as far as the data accuracy and battery life are concerned.
Best Smartwatches For Google Pixel Phones: Under $450
Strap Material: silicone (Other bands are also available)
Connectivity: Bluetooth and GPS, 4G LTE
Ticwatch Pro 3 is the very first watch that houses one beast of a processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100. The latest SoC by Qualcomm came late to the rescue of Wear OS, but it goes, better late than never. To give you some perspective, it is a breakthrough development over older, sluggish Wear 3100.
Thanks to the powerful processor(1GB RAM and 8 GB storage.), Ticwatch Pro 3 flawlessly runs Wear OS and the apps that are developed for the OS. Though funny, you can stream youtube videos in high quality, and the software wouldn’t budge.
Only the Ticwatch Pro 3 has the power to instigate such a divisive opinion about it. People love it, thanks to its display. People hate it and they blame it on the large display.
In our opinion, the watch might have a large dial, but it doesn’t look chunky. 1.4″ Retina AMOLED (454 x 454) screen has an always-on feature. The matte black finish adds to its aesthetic appeal.
As a fitness tracker, it is reliable for heart and blood oxygen tracking. Sleep tracking isn’t up to par though. Ticwatch pro has more than 13 sport modes to fit your needs.
4G enabled, the watch can stream music, do contactless payment even when the phone is away. It has a built-in Google assistant for the fans.
The watch is IP68 rated. Good. We expected the same. It is reinforced with stainless steel and high-strength nylon with glass fiber. In a line, it is built to last. And in the comfortability department, Mobvoi has managed to keep it 30% than its processor, Ticwatch Pro.
Ticwatch Pro 3 deserves praise for its hardware par excellence. It Flawlessly runs all popular Google Wear OS top titles like Spotify (including offline support), Google Pay, telegram, etc.
So-so shell Design, but the watch truly delivers on its promises. We recommend it for the most latest Google Pixel 5 & 4A (4G)
Battery: up to 7 days in smartwatch mode; up to 24 hours in GPS mode
Water and dust resistance: 5ATM
Garmin is one of the brand leaders in the smartwatch industry. Its watches beat the likes of Apple, Samsung and Fitbit when it comes to data accuracy and overall performance. Apart from data accuracy, it is lauded for its lightweight, sleek design. You won’t feel it on your wrist, and thanks to waterproof casing you won’t have to take it off frequently.
Though touted as the smartwatch for runners, it doesn’t have the bells and whistles of expensive versions like Forerunner 945. The features and the capability of the watch allows you to track your fitness at the mid-range level, more than casual fitness runner tacking and less than athlete level tracking. Complementary features include sweat-proof design and rugged built up.
The major drawback of the smartwatch is the plastic built which feels a little cheaper. Also, the sleep tracking is a major disappointment. It is better than many smartwatches but not to the standard Garmin has maintained in other latest versions.
Great battery life
Extremely Light Weight
Accurate GPS and heart rate tracking
Garmin Forerunner 245 is a fantastic smartwatch for runners as it has multiple modes to track several exercises. The popularity of Forerunner 245 when compared to forerunner 235 is mainly due to an enhanced screen resolution and lightweight design. This watch, though having a proprietary OS, works fine with all Google Pixel smartphones.
The only link between the wear OS and google pixel phones is that both these products are developed by one single company and therefore are expected to work in perfect harmony with each other. Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch proves that. Not only in performance, but also in aesthetics and customizability it is the best watch to have.
To begin with, the watch is equipped with a 1.28-inch AMOLED Display and Ambient Light sensor for a noticeable difference in performance in dark and bright environments. There are scores of watch faces for users to customize. The watch is waterproof to a fair degree and has multiple sensors.
Fossil Gen 5 has a solid hardware to back its claim of a powerful smartwatch. The company has outfitted the watch with 8 GB storage, 1 GB RAM and Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100. In layman terms, these are just the specs for a flawless performance.
A noticeable drawback is its hard-to-comprehend battery modes and sluggish charging speed. Moreover, the watch barely lasts a day on a single charge.
Contactless payment (NFC)
Crisp bright display
Complicated battery settings
Fossil Gen 5 is as powerful as it is aesthetically appealing. It can beat the likes of Apple and Samsung watch in performance, especially in tracking heart rate accurately. With Wear OS by Google, it is supposed to work seamlessly with Google pixel phones.
Display: 1.39-inch AMOLED display, 454 x 454 pixels
Sensors: Optical Heart Rate, GPS, barometer,
Battery: 48 hours
Water and dust Resistance: 5 ATM
Connectivity: Bluetooth and Wifi
Suunto 7 always finds itself in comparison with Garmin smartwatches but is inexpensive than the latter. However, generally speaking, Suunto 7 is an expensive watch, the most expensive in our list. It offers all the essential functions of a basic smartwatch like notification display, music control and attractive watchfaces.
What distinguishes Suunto 7 from the run-of-the-mill watches is the accuracy of data it tracks, and its high-end design. But there is a caveat, you will have to switch between Google Fit and Suunto App to get all the metrics which is really annoying.
The display quality is great but we cannot say the same about the battery life which, despite the claim by the company that it lasts 2 days, fails to fulfill its performance. Moreover, the water and dust resistance is appreciably high. 5 ATM rated and IP68 Standard Rated, this watch can withstand almost all weather conditions and can be submerged in water.
Lastly, the hardware-software combination is almost the same as the Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch we discussed earlier, and so does the performance. In direct comparison, Gen 5 has the advantage of being economical and Suunto 7 has advanced sensors.
Durable premium design
Metrics split better Google Fit & Suunto App
You don’t buy a near $500 worth watch to read email and control music, neither shall it be to get rid of the need for carrying your phone wherever you go.
A smartwatch so expensive shall transform your life by helping you maintain a healthy and productive lifestyle. Suunto 7 fulfills all its promises except for the long battery life, ironically a hallmark of the company.
Buying Guide: How To Find The Best Smartwatch For A Google Pixel Phone?
Google Pixel Phones are not alien products. They are just regular phones by Google that unsurprisingly run Android. So any smartwatch that is highly compatible with Android phones is equally suitable for the Google Pixels. This is the foremost criteria to be met for a good smartwatch for google pixel.
Obviously Apple smartwatches won’t work with Google Pixel, but there are alternatives like Garmin, Suunto and Fossils.
Google Wear OS should be your top priority in a Google Pixel compatible smartwatch for a flawless performance. However, if not found, Samsung Based Tizen and Garmin OS would do the job Perfectly fine.
Lastly, there are features that vary with the user’s preference and allocated budget. For Example, battery life, Tracking data accuracy, on-board GPS, Solid Display and appealing design.
In addition to this, water and dustproof design should be of utmost priority, but must not be a deal-breaker. Bells and whistles include contactless payment, large storage capacity, and hardware that is overkill due to software limitations. (mainly found in Samsung Smartwatches)
Does Google Have Its Own Smartwatch?
So far the company has not released the launch-date of its smartwatch, let alone the smartwatch itself. The company has neither confirmed nor refuted the rumors surrounding the Google Watch developments and Release. But it is highly likely that the company will surprise its users by the end of this year or the start of 2021.
What Smartwatches Works Best With Google Phones?
Put another way, the watches that are most compatible with google phones have usually Wear OS and strong connectivity technology. Most updated Bluetooth or wifi version with a long-range.