We say 'new', the patent is actually two years old - the confidentiality agreement expired earlier this week.

It follows another patent that appeared on the US Patent and Trademark Office's website back in April 2019, pointing to a custom watch band and hinge design

When is the Pixel Watch release date?

In 2018 we were told that Google was definitely working on a Pixel watch following an interview between Tom's Guide and Miles Barr, Google's director of engineering for Wear OS, though it wasn't quite ready for primetime just yet.

Barr told the site: "To think of a one-size-fits-all watch, I don't think we're there yet. Our focus is on our partners for now."

The new patent is not confirmation that such a device is imminent, or that it will ever exist at all. It seemed likely that the Pixel Watch would, if indeed in development, get launched at the Made By Google event in October 2019 where the firm introduced the Pixel 4.

However, there was no 'one more thing' so the long wait for an own-brand Google smartwatch goes on.

Pixel Watch specification rumours

It's not really all that surprising that the Pixel Watch isn't ready for primetime given how sparse rumours have been on the upcoming device.

We do know there are probably three versions in development, one with a full gig of RAM and one with support for 4G LTE.

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