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[–]yourfaceisa 193 points194 points  (4 children)

The old, "left it at a restaurant" leak. Classic

[–]AssPennies 63 points64 points  (1 child)

Yeah it's like google's "wink wink nudge nudge, leaked".

[–]BedrockFarmer 21 points22 points  (0 children)

I really wish the tech reporters were required by law to just say what this is. A PR release.

[–]JeffreyDej 2 points3 points  (1 child)

[–]yourfaceisa 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Marketing people for the last two companies I've worked for have Reddit accounts.

But perhaps the prototype that would be trusted to only a few people in the world was accidentally left behind on an outing

[–]throwawaytechmba1 181 points182 points  (5 children)

Nice, they are bringing back pocket watches.

[–]ProtocolX 44 points45 points  (0 children)

I already have a pocket watch - it is called a phone.

[–]MobileRadioActive 42 points43 points  (1 child)

My first thought exactly! There have to be someone that makes a case for that watch to become a pocket watch.

[–]snowman93 13 points14 points  (0 children)

There are pocket watch case for the Apple Watch so I’m sure they exist for others

[–]MicroSofty88[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I hear they’re working on a smart monocle next

[–]guantamanera 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Pocket watch came back when we started putting cellphones in our pockets.

[–]limbo_timbo 38 points39 points  (8 children)

Thought they already had a smartwatch tbh

[–]TMonahan2424 19 points20 points  (4 children)

They did. It was the first smart watch I owned, well before the Samsung series. I can't remember the name of it though. It used google wear and had the google assistant built in.

[–]RGB3x3 16 points17 points  (3 children)

Moto 360 probably. Which wasn't really google, but google did own Motorola for a little while.

[–]BootySweatSmoothie 8 points9 points  (2 children)

I had it. It was pretty good imo. Had an app where you could use your watch as a display for your camera so you could use your phone to look for things in places you couldn't really fit in.

[–]mindaugaskun 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Tizen had an app like that. I thought it was normal and every watch had that?

[–]Onnaii 3 points4 points  (0 children)

They also have the google fossil watches. It has the google logo and operating system by them. We sell them where I work.

[–]moonbunnychan 1 point2 points  (1 child)

They have an operating system. Kinda like how with Android phones they're running google software but unless they're a Pixel they aren't directly made by google. They somewhat recently bought Fitbit, but haven't branded those as "google".

[–]FuckFashMods 0 points1 point  (0 children)

google also owned Motorola when Motorola made a watch powered by that OS

[–]chrisgilesphoto 60 points61 points  (1 child)

Left and found at a restaurant? Ok google.

Shut up google.

[–]hedoeswhathewants 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Whoops, I took my watch off, removed the strap for some reason, and left it on the table!

[–]saveable 29 points30 points  (4 children)

I feel obliged to mention that Jon Prosser of Front Page Tech leaked images of this watch OVER A YEAR AGO.

[–]fairshare 19 points20 points  (3 children)

So he finally got something right?

[–]PiXLANIMATIONS 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Prosser: Apple Watch 7 will feature squared sides!

Apple: So we made it rounder

[–]jojojomcjojo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I imagine the next one will

[–]Opposite_Guarantee_9 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He gets stuff right all the time and has a 70% track record. You guys just hate just to hate.

[–]felix_mateo 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yup, looks like a smart watch.

[–]payfrit 7 points8 points  (0 children)

'left at a restaurant"

[–]DnDiceUK 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The only thing I wanted leaked is that the battery life is 3+ days, until then it might as well not exist. Only reason I don't wear my current smart watch is down to the fact you have to charge it every day.

[–]Ares1935 21 points22 points  (37 children)

Always wondered what the hubbub was with smart watches. Got my first smart watch, galaxyWatch 4.

I dont see myself ever buying another tbh. Maybe if I was more into fitness?

[–]boshbosh92 24 points25 points  (15 children)

as someone who has had almost every generation of galaxy watches, I can say the galaxy watch 4 is pretty shit. I have contemplated going back to my previous watch.

[–]Ares1935 12 points13 points  (4 children)

I just don't know what I am supposed to do with it...

[–]boshbosh92 8 points9 points  (2 children)

I have my watch face set up to give me information, not look fancy.

tracks my sleep, I have alexa on it so I can tell it to unlock my door, can reply to texts, find your phone with it. that's about it lol

[–]Ares1935 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I tried tracking my sleep. but when do I charge it then...

[–]The_Woman_of_Gont 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The ability to play and better control music off my watch instead of my phone is the killer feature for me, since I like going for walks and don’t want to deal with figuring out how to carry one around for that sort of thing. Similarly the ability to get and reply to texts without pulling out my phone is incredibly convenient.

Oh, plus it’s nice being able to pay with it. And it’s ability to ping my phone when I’ve lost it has come in handy more times than I can count…and it’s more convenient than my phone for alarms and timers since it’s always on my wrist.

[–]jrolle 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I had the 3, did a trade in for the 4. Seems better in most every way. I do agree with the OC that I don't find them all that useful overall and I probably won't bother buying another.

[–]RadBadTad 0 points1 point  (8 children)

What do you find was better on the older versions?

[–]boshbosh92 0 points1 point  (7 children)

the battery lif (this one is big, watch 4 life is a joke) , the sleep tracker, heart rate tracker, the way the watch 4 is designed to attach to wrist bands is plain dumb and almost as if they didn't put it on their wrist before manufacturing them.

[–]RadBadTad 1 point2 points  (6 children)

What is different about the sleep tracker? I have the 4 but it's my first smart watch so I don't have anything to compare it with. Also I'm not sure what you mean about the wrist bands. Mine seems to fit nicely!

[–]whackawhoroo 7 points8 points  (2 children)

I’ve had both a galaxy active 2 and an Apple Watch.

The Apple Watch is pretty handy but the galaxy was a useless piece of shit

[–]CantBeMadifYouBad 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I had the first galaxy watch. The heart rate sensor never worked while sweaty/working out making it completely useless, the suite of useful apps was like one or two, there was no first party map app, and you needed to sync it to your phone to even use the "smart" features.

It was the most useless piece of shit tech I've ever had.

[–]whackawhoroo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The main reason I got mine was to listen to music on it with wireless ear buds at the gym and it never worked properly

I can’t speak for the other android smart watches but the Samsung variant are truely worthless

[–]deadwire 7 points8 points  (4 children)

I always felt that way too. I got the galaxy s3 as a phone bundle and it was meh. The interface was extremely buggy and I was not impressed with the battery. Switched back to iPhones last year and got me a new Apple Watch and I love it. Smooth interface and decent battery with quick charge times. I’m trying to be more organized in life and honestly the watch helps me a ton. Plus I’m barely on my phone now between my watch and iPad.

[–]No-Cash-5374 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I’m really interested in the Apple Watch to try to disconnect a bit from my phone addiction. This is a nice nudge towards making that move

[–]Boognish84 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Can you read Reddit on it?

[–]No-Cash-5374 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Hahahah just start a whole new problem

[–]Kayne_Weast 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I got the s2 watch with a samsung phone bundle too and the battery was the worst part.

After only several months the thing wouldn't even last a full day.

I'm not charging a watch every night that barely adds any functionality to my life.

I feel the same way about headphones. I'm not charging headphones when I can own headphones that work just the same and don't need to be charged. I refuse to buy a phone without a headphone jack.

All this "innovation" that adds nothing and makes things more difficult for no reason.

[–]PiXLANIMATIONS 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Never used a Galaxy Watch so can’t compare, but I cannot live life without my Apple Watch.

[–]LAMProductions99 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I use a Mi Band 5 and even with how limited this thing is, I still find it immensely useful just for checking notifications alone. It's so nice to know if that *bzz bzz* was worth bothering to take my phone out of my pocket. Don't even have an iPhone and considered getting the Apple watch on occasion.

[–]mashuto 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have recently gotten into smart watches... but almost exclusively for fitness related reasons. Mostly for "smart watch" features, I just like being able to see my notifications on my wrist. Its a lot easier for me to feel a vibration on my wrist than my phone in my pocket.

Beyond that, fitness tracking is absolutely the main draw for me, and otherwise I just dont really see that much of the point since I already have my phone pretty much available at all times.

[–]Mango_In_Me_Hole 1 point2 points  (5 children)

I had one of the Samsung smart watches for a few weeks but it felt kinda useless and gimmicky.

I now have an Apple Watch and I feel naked if I leave the house without it. It’s incredibly useful. I don’t even have to carry a wallet anymore, since I can pay for everything by holding my wrist up to the payment terminal.

It’s also AMAZING for wake-up alarms. I used to use my phone or Amazon Echo to wake me up every morning, and the sound would make me want to murder someone. Now my watch just taps my wrist to wake me up. It’s very effective and it’s not jarring at all.

If you have an iPhone, I can’t recommend the Apple Watch enough. It’s the best $300 I’ve ever spent.

[–]ElJamoquio 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I had one of the Samsung smart watches for a few weeks but it felt kinda useless and gimmicky. I now have an Apple Watch and I feel naked if I leave the house without it. It’s incredibly useful. I don’t even have to carry a wallet anymore, since I can pay for everything by holding my wrist up to the payment terminal. It’s also AMAZING for wake-up alarms. I used to use my phone or Amazon Echo to wake me up every morning, and the sound would make me want to murder someone. Now my watch just taps my wrist to wake me up. It’s very effective and it’s not jarring at all.

...what capability do you have on your Apple phone that isn't available on the Samsung watches?

[–]PlaneReflection 0 points1 point  (0 children)

FaceTime and iMessage used to be my reasons. However, I cannot function without AirTags since I’m constantly misplacing my wallet or keys. Nothing that’s Android compatible comes close. This coming from a long-time Android user.

[–]yondercode 0 points1 point  (2 children)

As someone that never owned a smart watch, when and how often do you charge your watch? Since you're using it as an wake up alarm I assume you're not charging it at night while sleeping?

[–]quarterto 0 points1 point  (0 children)

it takes 30 mins to charge and lasts about a day and a half, i usually charge it just before bed and put it back on to sleep (for the sleep tracking)

[–]Mango_In_Me_Hole 0 points1 point  (0 children)

  • 10:00AM-6:00PM — wearing during the day
  • 6:00PM-12:00AM — charging after work
  • 12:00AM-8:00AM — wearing at night
  • 8:00AM-10:00AM — charging after I wake up

I’ve only started wearing it at night recently since that’s when I used to charge it. But it can charge from 0-100% in two hours, so it has more than enough time to fully charge between when I get home and when I go to bed.

A couple times I’ve slept in and only had ~30 mins to top it off in the morning while I shower and get dressed, but it’s still over 90% charged when I leave for work and probably has about 60% battery left when I get home. If I go to the gym after work and have activity tracking turned on, it might drop to 45% by the time I get home.

The only times my Apple Watch has died is when I unplugged the charger and forgot. But that hasn’t happened since I started sleeping with it, since now I would notice the low battery when I wake up and plug the charger in.

Also I have the Series 4, which doesn’t have fast charging. The latest Series 7 lasts just as long and charges twice as fast — 0-100% in under an hour.

[–]MakeMine5 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have two WearOS watches (google's previous SmartWatch play). I use them for work. I have it set up to buzz my watch for important notifications. That way not everyone hears my notifications.

But other than that, it doesn't have much utility.

[–]myyummyass 0 points1 point  (0 children)

For me if you arent using the fitness features then they are not worth it. You cant tell me reading texts on your watch or answering a phone call with shitty audio quality is worth what they charge for an apple watch.

But if you use it for fitness related stuff and occasionally for other stuff i think they are great.

[–]11LyRa 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It depends.

I don't do fitness, but I use my Fossil Gen 5 for the following:

  • Check/reply to notifications
  • Pay in stores
  • Gather some statistics for the sake of statistics (steps, heart rate, sleep)
  • Set timers
  • Control music on my phone
  • Sometimes navigation
  • Shopping list
  • Sometimes calls, when my phone is not nearby
  • Find my phone
  • Set alarms, that will wake up only me

There are actually much more, but WearOS is shit now and a lot of apps have crippled functionality.

[–]FuckFashMods 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I kinda want to get one just for the sleep quality monitoring.

But other than that, I'm with you.

[–]VioletteFMR 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This’ll be all the rage with my grandfather and train conductors.

[–]DeanCorso11 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The header is a little off. I’ll fix it: google releases picks and claims they are leaks as a publicity stunt consumers will absolutely believe the pics are a leak.

Done. Your welcome :D

[–]perkail 2 points3 points  (6 children)

I love how they polish the glass bezel and metal body together. So seamless and original

[–]EnergeticBean 3 points4 points  (0 children)

And it even has a crown! Genius!

[–]jojojomcjojo 0 points1 point  (4 children)

It does look classier than the apple watch, side by side.

[–]perkail 2 points3 points  (3 children)


[–]jojojomcjojo -1 points0 points  (2 children)

[–]perkail -1 points0 points  (1 child)

If you’re into that sort of thing. I’ll stick with Apple Silicone

[–]moonbunnychan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Considering that current WearOS has had it's main feature, the google assistant, 90% broken for over two years now, with MULTIPLE threads on their official support forums about it so it's not like they don't know....I'm not exactly going to be rushing to get this.

[–]yokotron 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It’s a smart timepiece.

[–]FuzzyReaction 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I thought google bought out Fitbit? They'd have access to their IP.

[–]Maniac618 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They do, there is FitBit integration on this new watch.

[–]Secret_Moose_4701 -1 points0 points  (1 child)

google already knows too much about everything we do without being strapped to our wrists.

[–]RadBadTad 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah not like being in your pocket....

[–]kielly32 -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Hope that's a prototype lol, looks like Samsung still takes the award for best looking smart watch.

[–][deleted] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Oh yay. Another round disc that gets lost easily.

[–]Gwentonio -4 points-3 points  (0 children)


[–]andDevW -4 points-3 points  (3 children)

Smart watches with their limited batteries and limited functionality smart phone redundancy seem to be best at reminding people how great regular watches are with their batteries that last years and years. Outside of elderly people looking for a heart monitor designed by Apple there aren't many reasons most people will ever want or need a smart watch.

[–]homboo 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I thought I am not a watch guy. But since I got my Apple Watch I can not leave the house without it. If one gets used to using smart watches then there is no way back.

[–]andDevW 0 points1 point  (1 child)

What do you do when your watch is charging?

[–]THe_Quicken -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

I’d love to get a smart watch but I can’t stand the current designs. Need a more classic look vs obvious tech gadget IMO.

[–]cakeisbest 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]just4funloving 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I mean, better 7 years late than never.

[–]homboo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Will probably not beat the Apple Watch

[–]JLidean 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Canada is not part of North America now?

[–]boerenkool13 0 points1 point  (0 children)

they already made a smartwatch before though.

[–]thomSnow_828 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is nice! Just beware. Other manufacturers might create a perfect copy of this product and sell it 80% off to consumers who cannot pay for the genuine one. Even apple watches have cheap imitations. It’s prevalent here in my country of 3rd world

[–]simev 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's great but why would I buy a watch that google will discontinue and no longer support on whim? Not getting burned by google again I'll stick with a tried and tested company that won't just drop all support for a product.

[–]137Fine 0 points1 point  (0 children)

While I’m a decidedly early adapter when it comes to technology it’s been my experience that like Microsoft, google doesn’t produce quality consumer products.

I’m still feeling the burn from my Nexus One purchase.