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.
Lastly, I would like to add my favorite smartwatch: Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2. Though not the cheapest watch in this roundup, it offers the best bang for the money.
Active 2 offers almost the same features as Galaxy Watch 3 but costs almost half the amount. The most prominent feature is its capability to take on-spot ECG measurements.
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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
This Watch was paired with Pixel 2 XL, and it worked perfectly fine with it.
Motorola Moto 360 Sport is an old watch with features that are relevant even in 2020. The key reason to add this watch to our roundup is of course the ‘Wear OS’ it features. It is compatible with all the Google Pixel phones, but that is not its 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 Any light 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 downside, 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
Doesn’t support multi-sport tracking
Renewed (Pretty Old Model)
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.
Amazfit GTS Fitness Smartwatch—Cheapest Smartwatch For Google Pixel
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
This watch was connected to Google Pixel 3 XL and the whole process was a breeze.
You will be taken aback by the design of Amazfit GTS—a ditto copy of the 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 no storage options and the company has to 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 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 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
Value For the Money
Can’t respond to notification
This watch is more of a fitness tracker than a smartwatch. Not a 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.
Huawei GT 2e: Best Cheap Multi-sports Watch For Google Pixel
This watch has been tested by pairing it with Google Pixel 4XL.
As Amazfit imitated Apple watches to secure a small niche for itself with its Amazfit Bip and GTS watches, Huaewi aped the Suunto and Garmin rivals to fill the underserved market of affordable fitness tracking watches, budget range $200-300.
It is a large watch with a crisp display offering 454 x 454 resolution. More items can fit on the screen thanks to its 1.39-inch display and high resolution. You wouldn’t have issues with outdoor visibility while you are on a run.
Pro Tip: Huawei GT 2e is a bulky and heavy watch, so better skip this one if you have small or slender wrists.
Other than the display, the highlight feature of this watch is of course its solid fitness tracking. All the sensors are dependable. Huawei is using the algorithm of the first beat, the same company that contributes its algorithm to Garmin and Suunto. In effect, their training pages are similar and so are the results of many metrics.
For instance, Huawei GT2e is at par with Garmin Forerunner 245.
Another extraordinary feature of the smartwatch is its long battery life. The smartwatch can last for 2 weeks on a standard model. However, even if you turn on the always-on mode and regularly leverage watch GPS, the battery is going to last more than a week.
High Value for the money
Long battery life
Health and fitness features
Dependable GPS and Heart rate sensor
Suitable for large wrists
Limited third-party app support
There is no better alternative than Huawei GT 2e if you are looking for an affordable watch that matches the performance of high-end watches (the likes of Garmin and Suunto). It works flawlessly with Google Pixel 3 all the way up to the latest Google Pixel 5.
We paired TicWatch E3 with Google Pixel 3. It works perfectly fine with the Latest Pixel Phones like Pixel 5 and 4XL.
Mobvoi’s Ticwatch Pro 3 and Ticwatch E3 are the only smartwatches to get upgraded to Wear 3.0. The former has two variants: Ticwatch Pro 3 GPS and Ticwatch Pro 3 (4G/LTE) and are marketed as premium watches. The E series has always been home to the company’s affordable watches, and it hasn’t been changed with the introduction of E3 earlier this year.
The smartwatch has a plastic build which to be honest feels a little cheap. The bland design has considerable bezel and thickness. The screen is equally unimpressive as we expect a full AMOLED display at this price point. Maybe Amazfit watches have spoiled all of us, and now nobody wants to settle for anything less.
There is only one color available for this watch, so you might find it difficult to sync it with your Google Pixel Phone. However, we can customize 20mm straps. The watch has enough protection to be used underwater, but you are only limited to pool swimming.
What Ticwatch E3 lacks in the looks department, it tries to compensate in terms of raw power. It features the most powerful processor by Qualcomm, namely the Snapdragon Wear 4100. This is supported by 1 GB RAM and 8 GB storage.
The raw power of the watch allows it to cut through the most demanding apps. Speaking of which, it has access to Google Wearable Suite (Google Assistant, Google Pay, Google Music) in addition to tons of third-party apps. For what it’s worth, Ticwatch E3 is a full-fledged smartwatch.
Surprisingly, Ticwatch E3 doesn’t disappoint in the health and fitness department. Even as an affordable watch, it allows you to track your heart rate, blood oxygen, stress, noise level, and even sleep. The tracking for essentials like heart rate, steps and calorie tracking is in line with Apple Watch and Fitbit devices. Also, there are at least 21 sports modes.
Lastly, the battery performance of the watch has been a major let down. Ticwatch E3 lags is a one-day watch. However, if you are more conservative with usage, you can easily squeeze out 2 days of performance at most.
Integrates well with Google ecosystem
Chunky Plastic built
1 day battery life
Lacks AMOLED display
Ticwatch E3 makes an excellent choice for Google Pixel users. Why? The smartwatch is affordable, offers the best hardware, and above all, allows access to the Google Wearable Suite. Unlike Fossil Gen 5 and Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, this one would get an update to the new Wear OS co-developed by Samsung and Google.
Best Smartwatches For Google Pixel Phones: Under $250
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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 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.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2: Rugged Smartwatch For Google Pixel
We paired this watch with Google Pixel 5, these two make an awesome pair.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is an enhanced version of the Frontier Watch. Unlike physical bezel rotation for navigation, this watch features quite an 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 texts. It has a powerful processor, RAM, and storage combo that allows you to 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 lightweight thanks to its aluminum casing. The bands are interchangeable and highly comfortable. And above all, it is a standalone watch.
It is as rugged as the latter (Galaxy Watch 3), 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.
Fitbit Versa 3— Best Fitness Tracker-Cum-Smartwatch Compatible With Google Pixel
Battery: Up to 6+ days battery life, 12 minutes fast charging
Water and dust Resistance: IP68 rated
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
We connected Fitbit Versa 3 to Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 4XL. In both cases, the connection was impeccable.
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 for the neck to neck with many expensive competitors like Apple and Garmin Smartwatches.
Versa’s strengths include its reliable tracking data and 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 bathe 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 was the flagship smartwatch by the company until it was replaced by Fitbit Sense. 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
Garmin Venu: Best Fitbit Alternative For Google Pixel Phones
Garmin Venu was connected to Google Pixel 2 XL, Google Pixel 3, and Google Pixel 5. There were no glitches involved.
Garmin Venu has been paired flawlessly with Google Pixel 3 for the purpose of this review.
With this watch, Garmin broke with the tradition of prioritizing practicality over design for the very time. Garmin Venu has a flashy display, and it attracts people beyond athletes. Its design is more in line with modern-day watches and so do its features.
The 1.2-inch crisp AMOLED display offers 390 x 390 resolution and a high brightness level of 1000 nits. The watch is easily viewable in both outdoor and indoor conditions.
However, the flashy design doesn’t mean that it has made tradeoffs in practical features. The watch is one of the best for fitness tracking and multi-sport enthusiasts. You can rely on its accuracy and dependability.
Two major drawbacks of this watch are the lack of third-party apps and a fiddly touchscreen, but if you don’t care about the bells and whistles, it would not be a problem.
Vibrant AMOLED display
Offline Music Support
Accurate Fitness tracking
Solid Battery Life
Garmin Pay support is very convenient
Touch Screen can be Fiddly
Limited Third-party apps
Garmin Venu is a good alternative to the Fitbit Versa 3 if you are not a Fitbit fan. In fitness tracking and sports-related features, it competes for the neck to neck with the latter. It is a fine multisport watch.
Ticwatch Pro 4G LTE: Best Wear OS Smartwatch For Google Pixel 5
Strap Material: silicone (Other bands are also available)
Connectivity: Bluetooth and GPS, 4G LTE
Ticwatch Pro 4G was connected to Google Pixel 5.
Ticwatch Pro 4G 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 4G 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 4G 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)
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3: Best By Samsung For Google Pixel Phones
Galaxy Watch 3 was paired with Google Pixel 4 XL for the purpose of this review, and it worked perfectly fine.
Galaxy Watch offers FDA-approved ECG, blood oxygen saturation tracking, and heart rate tracking as its highlight health features.
Other than this, it has a range of smartwatch features. You can make calls, send texts and emails without having your phone nearby. It supports contactless payment via Samsung Pay and has an onboard GPS for standalone navigation.
Also, you get a voice assistant but not your favorite Alexa or Google assistant. All Samsung wearables have ‘Bixby’. It has adequate storage for offline music experience though you can stream music directly on the watch.
Samsung Watch 3 comes in two sizes. The 45mm watch is chunky in design with a rotating bezel as its notable feature. The display is super crisps and fits more icons on the screen.
The LTE version of the watch is expensive but unlike Ticwatch Pro 4G it is not Verizon exclusive.
FDA approved ECG Sensor
Crisp display with rotating bezel
Advanced Sports Tracking
Bixby is slow to register Voice command
Limited third party Apps
If you are looking for a smartwatch by Samsung for your Google Pixel phone, Galaxy Watch 3 has only a slight advantage over Active 2. It has a large storage capacity, a physically rotating bezel, and enhanced battery life as an advantage.
While on the downside, the watch is expensive and a little chunky. We would recommend it only if you are willing to pay the top dollars for it and favors a large watch. Otherwise, stick with Active 2.
Garmin Forerunner 245: GPS Running Smartwatch For Google Pixel
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 allow you to track your fitness at the mid-range level, more than casual fitness runner tacking and less than athlete level tracking. Complimentary 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, 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.
Fossil Gen 5 was connected to Google Pixel 3. Fossil Gen 5 was connected to Google Pixel 5. The watch worked flawlessly with it. Together, they two seem like a match made in heaven.
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.
Suunto 7: Best Overall Smartwatch For Google Pixel
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
This Watch was paired with the Google Pixel 5, Pixel 4XL, and Pixel 3. In all these tests, it didn’t disappoint. Not even once.
Suunto 7 always finds itself in comparison with Garmin smartwatches but is inexpensive than the latter.
It offers all the essential functions of a basic smartwatch-like notification alert, music control, and attractive watch faces so on and so forth.
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: 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. These 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, onboard GPS, solid display, and a visually 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)
Google Pixel Compatible Smartwatches: FAQs
Does Google Have Its Own Smartwatch?
So far the company has not unveiled the launch date of its smartwatch, let alone the smartwatch itself.
Google has neither confirmed nor refuted the rumors surrounding the Pixel Watch developments and Release.
Just at the start of this year, Google completed the acquirement of Fitbit, a sensational deal that cost it $2.1 Billion. The former is highly likely to shelve the pixel watch and pump resources into Fitbit Versa Series.
What Smartwatches Works Best With Google Phones?
Put another way, the watches that are most compatible with google phones have usually a Wear OS and strong connectivity technology. Most updated Bluetooth or WiFi version with a long-range.
In almost all cases, you will have to make sure that the proprietary smartphone application of the watch is compatible with the Google Pixel phones.
A case of a mismatch is when the app needs more space, memory, and the latest, and the pixel phone model has limited storage, memory, or running on an outdated Andriod Version.
Does Samsung Gear Watches Work With Google Pixel Phones?
Except for these wearables (Gear, Gear 2, Gear S, Gear Fit), all other Samsung Gear Watches and Fitness trackers are fully compatible with the latest Google Pixels Smartphones. (including but not exclusive to Google Pixel 5, 4, 4A, 3, and 3A)