As the summer season kicks off in the Northern Hemisphere, the Pixel Watch, much like Google's smartphones, boasts built-in countermeasures to safeguard against excessive heat.
Google has designed the Pixel Watch to perform optimally within ambient temperatures ranging from 32°F to 95°F (0°C to 35°C), while storage is recommended within ambient temperatures of -4°F to 113°F (-20°C to 45°C). The company explicitly cautions users against exposing the device to temperatures exceeding 113°F (45°C), citing car dashboards and heating sources as potential culprits. Such exposure could lead to product damage, battery overheating, or even pose a fire hazard.
Recent reports indicate that when subjected to high temperatures, the Pixel Watch automatically shuts down as a protective measure. Users who have encountered this situation receive a notification in the system Settings, stating, "Watch was too warm." The message further explains that the device was powered off to cool down and will resume normal operation once cooled. Despite this precautionary feature, Google assures users that the Pixel Watch is designed to handle various activities, including exercising with cellular streaming, connected Bluetooth headphones, GPS tracking, and the always-on display, even during hot summer conditions.
In a comparison with Pixel phones, it is noteworthy that these devices adopt a similar approach to combat overheating. Pixel smartphones will initially attempt to lower their temperature by reducing performance, disabling features such as the camera, flashlight, Wi-Fi, mobile data, and/or Wi-Fi connectivity. If these measures prove ineffective, the device will power off, and Google recommends allowing it to cool down before restarting.
As the Pixel Watch enters the market, users can find reassurance in its heat protection capabilities, ensuring a safer and more reliable wearable experience, even during high-temperature situations. Google's commitment to addressing potential overheating concerns emphasizes the company's dedication to user safety and device longevity.