In the latest Pixel Feature Drop, Google announced a significant update for its Pixel Watch, enabling overnight blood oxygen (SpO2) tracking, feature users have been eagerly anticipating. The Pixel Watch, which launched in October with the necessary hardware to monitor SpO2, lacked the software support to utilize the sensor until now. This update allows the Pixel Watch to monitor your SpO2 levels while you sleep, a critical health metric that can indicate various health issues. This addition brings the Pixel Watch in line with many of its competitors that already offer similar functionality.
The update also includes other health and wellness features. For instance, the Pixel Watch can now notify users when their heart rate is significantly higher or lower than their typical range during periods of inactivity, potentially alerting them to unnoticed heart-related issues. In addition, the Pixel Watch can now automatically pause the workout timer when users stop walking, running, or cycling, and resume it once they continue, a simple but useful feature for fitness enthusiasts.
Moreover, Spotify users are set to receive some fresh features. New tiles on the Pixel Watch will provide users with easier on-wrist access to their audio, including tiles featuring “what’s in your heavy rotation,” podcasts, and a quick launch into Spotify’s new AI DJ feature.
In terms of aesthetics, Google announced the availability of its first metal Pixel Watch band this week. The link-style stainless steel band, available in Matte Black or Brushed Silver, can be purchased from the Google Store starting June 16 for $199.99. However, a version that matches the Hazel-colored Pixel Watch is notably missing, and there’s still no information on the release of the mesh-style metal bands previously showcased.
These updates began rolling out today and will continue over the next few weeks. Google encourages Pixel Watch users eager for these new features to keep an eye on their devices in the coming days