Google has no plans to release a smartwatch this year

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This year seems to be reserved for Apple’s smartwatch because rival Google is skipping the gadget this time around.

In an interview with Tom’s Guide, Google’s director of engineering for Wear OS, Miles Barr said that the company has no plans to release a smartwatch this year. Instead, Google will be focusing on improving the Wear OS software and work with smartwatch makers such as Fossil and Casio.

Google was long rumoured to be working on bringing its own Pixel Watch this year which would complement its line of Pixel smartphones. However, the company appears to have again put the rumours to rest with the new announcement.

Currently, Google works with smartwatch makers who build Wear OS devices to approve their designs and functionalities, but building its own hardware is not on the company’s mind at the moment.

Google is expected to launch its 2018 Pixel 3 smartphones in October. Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones have been leaked quite extensively with the latter featuring a notch display. The smaller Pixel 3 will most likely feature the same design language as the Pixel 2 series with no notch present. The smartphone could sport a dual-camera setup up front, according to the latest.

Google’s Pixel 3 series will launch with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and running the latest Android 9 Pie OS. The smartphones are also expected to ship with USB-C Pixel Buds earphones making up for the lack of a headphone jack.