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(Pocket-lint) – Google will offer at least seven different types of straps when the Pixel Watch launches.
Besides the silicone model shown during the company’s announcement at the I/O conference, Google is believed to be working on several strap styles for the upcoming smartwatch.
According to the report, we will see two types of leather straps, a link strap, a fabric strap and a silicone strap. Reminiscent of the Apple Watch, Google is also expected to offer a Milanese-style strap, as well as an expandable strap similar to Apple’s Solo Loop.
It’s not yet clear whether all of these types of products will be released later this year, or even whether they will be Google-owned or third-party-made accessories. However, it sure looks like the higher end bands (like the Milanese band) will come in the same colors as the offered cases of the watch itself – silver, black and gold.
Pixel Watch details are still unknown, of course, but the shared teaser (shown above) has, at least, illustrated how users can change straps on the smartwatch.
Although it’s also not entirely clear, looking slightly more complicated than what’s available on a rival device like the Apple Watch, the bands appear to slide into a connector before the watch case is needed to tilt and lock. everything in place.
Either way, the potential for dozens of case and strap combinations on the device is certainly intriguing – and a move we’d say is essential if Google is going to seriously try to eat Apple’s market share.
Of course, another factor in users’ adoption of multiple straps is whether Google changes the strap mechanism or size between generations of the smartwatch. But that’s a problem for another day.
For now, we’ll keep an eye out for any further Pixel Watch details.
Written by Conor Allison.