A tipster known by his X handle, @Za_Raczke aka kamila, has just shared some rather interesting info regarding one of Google’s products. The Pixel Watch was not the name Google initially planned on using, it seems.
Google did not plan on using the Pixel Watch not, at least no initially
The tipster shared that via a Tweet, along with an interesting image. If you check out the image below this paragraph, you’ll see the Pixel 6 series, and the Pixel Watch. The thing is, the name that is used in that image is ‘Google Watch’.
Yes, Google planned on using the Google Watch name at first, and then switched to the Pixel Watch. That device was actually expected to arrive with the Pixel 6 series, not the Pixel 7 series. Google delayed it.
It was so close to launching with the Pixel 6 series that promo images were ready to go, it would seem. The tipster says that he’s not really sure why Google changed lanes when it comes to branding.
The watch was referred to as ‘Google Watch’ until as late as May 2021, actually
It was referred to as the ‘Google Watch’ as late as May 2021. After that, the Pixel Watch name was used, it seems. The codename remained the same, of course, it’s ‘rohan’, in case you were wondering.
In the general scheme of things, the Pixel Watch name makes more sense. The company’s smartphones carry the Pixel branding, as does the tablet, and earbuds. So, it only makes sense for the watch to have it too.
For many people, the Google Watch name would be more recognizable, though, of course. It would be weird for the company’s smartphone to have the Pixel branding, and for the watch to be a different story, though. It almost happened, though, as you can see.