The Pixel Watch 3 could ditch its crown for this Galaxy Watch trick

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What you need to know

  • Wareable discovered a Google patent application titled “Gesture recognition on watch bezel using strain gauges.”
  • The patent shows sensors along the edge of a watch face, with “sliding” or “pinch” gestures along the edge of the screen.
  • The Samsung Galaxy Watch series popularized the concept of a digital bezel as a replacement for the physical rotating bezel.
  • Fitbit (owned by Google) often uses capacitive buttons that you press to activate.

Samsung and Google are working closely on Wear OS software for the Galaxy Watch and Pixel Watch. Soon, the Pixel Watch 3, based on a Google patent, could move closer in line to the Galaxy Watch 6 by replacing the haptic crown with a capacitive touch bezel – just with a signature Google twist.

Wareable discovered this US patent listing from Google, which showed a smartwatch with sensors in the edge of the screen and no crown in sight. The patent calls crowns “reasonably efficient,” essentially condemning them with faint praise, and concludes that some users “may prefer to remove the crown.”

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