A Pixel Watch accidentally tried to pair with someone else’s phone at a mall

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TL;DR

  • Google has started shipping the Pixel Watch to retail stores.
  • A visitor to a shopping mall in Australia received a random Fast Pair notification to set up a Pixel Watch.
  • The notification also confirmed that a device app is required for setup.

We’re just a week away from Google’s anticipated hardware event, where the company will officially show off the Pixel 7 series and its Pixel Watch. However, in the run-up to the event, a Pixel Watch was found at a Target distribution center last weekend. Now it appears another Pixel Watch has been spotted in the wild thanks to a Fast Pair notification.

An Australian Redditor, Andad87, browsing Instagram at a mall received a fast pair notification after walking past an electronics retail store. It turns out the notification was triggered by an active Pixel Watch requesting setup. The notification featured an image of a Pixel Watch with an obsidian strap.

In addition to the image, the notification mentioned that a “device app is required to begin setup” and had a button directing the Redditor to go to the Google Play Store. According to Redditor, when they clicked the button, they were redirected to a 404 error page in the App Store.

Smartwatch notification

Wearables running the current version of Wear OS will not work with the old Wear OS companion app, requiring manufacturers to create their own app instead. Google is working on its own Pixel Watch app, but the page doesn’t seem to be live in the Play Store yet, which is why the button led the Redditor to an error page.

While we know that Google is gearing up to sell the smartwatch soon, there’s a certain humor to be found in the fact that an unreleased device revealed its existence by randomly trying to connect with a nearby phone to pair.

https://www.androidauthority.com/pixel-watch-found-2-3213567/ A Pixel Watch accidentally tried to pair with someone else’s phone at a mall

Chris Barrese

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