Apple, Google, and Samsung May Have Big Smartwatch Plans for 2022
We might see Google’s first smartwatch, a rugged Apple Watch, and more.
Smartwatches are expected to have a strong year this year. While we can expect standard updates like the next-generation Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy Watch in 2022, there may also be some noteworthy events. For example, Google is expected to release its first Pixel Watch in the spring or fall. Fitbit, which is owned by Google, may also introduce its first Wear OS-enabled watch.
According to a Pew Research Report from 2020, one in every five Americans wears a smartwatch or fitness tracker, and according to Counterpoint Research, the smartwatch business grew by 24% year over year in 2021. With that in mind, expect businesses like Apple, Google, Samsung, and others to push forward with their wearable tech goals this year.
Here’s a look at the most interesting rumored smartwatches we’re hoping to see this year.
Apple Watch Explorer Edition
According to Bloomberg, Apple may add a new robust wristwatch to its range this year called the Explorer Edition. According to the source, this would be a more durable version of the Apple Watch aimed for those who participate in outdoor activities and extreme sports. It’s likely to contain the same features as Apple’s standard smartwatches, but with better impact resistance, comparable to Casio’s G-Shock watches.
The watch is sometimes referred to as the “Explorer Edition” inside Apple, according to the report, but it’s unclear if the product would go by that name. Bloomberg previously said the new rugged Apple Watch could arrive in 2022, so there’s a chance we might see it during Apple’s annual fall product event. Apple already began taking a step in this direction by making the Apple Watch Series 7’s front crystal more durable.
I’m not the target audience for a watch like this, but I’m still excited to see what Apple’s take on the rugged smartwatch could look like. There’s an opportunity for Apple to reach more than just extreme athletes with a more durable smartwatch. A rugged Apple Watch could also be ideal for those with physically demanding occupations, such as construction workers, brick masons, landscapers, and mechanics.