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Nine “Pixel Watch” photos leak – and one crazy story

Our first look at what appears to be Google Pixel Watch comes under strange circumstances: someone allegedly found their prototype lying in a restaurant and, subject to anonymity, sent their images to Android Central. The images of the alleged device match what we saw from previously leaked renders, down to a circular dial, a rotating crown and an almost frameless design.

As shown in the photos, a physical crown is placed between the two buttons on the side of the watch. If it’s something like the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, these two buttons can be used to turn the watch on or off, return to the home screen, or even as a shortcut to download recently used applications. Meanwhile, the small hole next to the crown could be a microphone or perhaps an altimeter sensor used to monitor the climb. As noted by Android Central, the four pins on the side of the watch can be used for testing purposes and may not appear on the final model.

The watch seems to have a physical crown between the two buttons. Image: Android Central

The underside of the watch has a black frame with what looks like an oval health sensor in the middle. Android Central also says that the bottom of the watch looks smooth and notes that it “looks metallic but looks like it is covered with glass”, similar to the glass pad on the Apple Watch.

Unfortunately, Android Central was unable to fully launch the watch to see what the user interface might look like. When they tried to turn it on, a white Google logo appeared and then nothing happened. The watch didn’t have a charger left, but as Android Central notes, the watch can be charged in a case, just like the Apple Watch and the Fitbit Versa 3 and Sense smart watches owned by Google. While there are no pictures of the strap actually attached to the watch, it seems to come with a convenient method for snapping the straps, while the straps themselves resemble those that come with the Fitbit smart watch line. You can view all leaked images on Android Central.

What looks like a sensor is located on the bottom of the watch. Image: Android Central

What is almost more interesting than the watch itself is the story behind it. It’s similar to when the iPhone 4 leaked in 2010 – someone found a prototype iPhone in a restaurant, which then bought and tore down Gizmodo (by the way, whose photos all mysteriously disappeared from the Gizmodo website). It turned out that the software engineer left a prototype there, so it is clear that such a situation has occurred and may occur.

But what’s weird about this lost and found case is that Google doesn’t seem to be looking for the device at all (unlike Apple, which called at the time to get its iPhone prototype back). Of course, there’s always the possibility that this could all be some sophisticated trick from Google of getting more publicity for your upcoming watch, because it’s all very reminiscent of the time the Pixel 3 XL was found in the back of Lyft (did you know you think we’d have you forgotten, Google?).

So many questions remain unanswered, and although the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the watch may never be clarified, at least the characteristics of the real watch do. So far, we know that Google will call the device Pixel Watch (big surprise) and we will probably find out more details on Google I / O next month.