Pixel Watch Firmware Files Now Available for Download
Google has just released the factory image and OTA files for the Pixel Watch. This exciting news is sure to please tinkering-minded owners who have been anxiously awaiting this moment.
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While not exactly a software update, these files could come in handy should you be the modding type, do something to break your watch’s software, and need to get it back to normal.
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Keep in mind that the firmware packages aren’t meant for regular folks to update your device; you should have done that over-the-air. Rather, the files would be handy for gaining root access or to update when a new build drops and you, being a power user, don’t want to wait for the staggered OTA push. Developers can also take bits and pieces from them in order to come up with custom software distributions, at least in theory. In other words, apart from saving you in a pinch and bringing your Pixel Watch back from the dead, the factory image might also be an important ingredient for the aftermarket development community.
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Due to the fact that the Pixel Watch can’t be connected to a PC using a traditional USB Type-C cable, the flashing part is actually a bit difficult. According to the official notes, you will need “a debug adapter that Google distributes by invitation only,” which will likely utilize the pogo pins inside the watch band connector. Nonetheless, the modding community has long been aware of a homebrew solution.
- The images for both the Bluetooth/Wi-Fi and LTE variants of the Pixel Watch are available.
- The latest one corresponds to the May 2023 release, but you can scroll all the way back to the initial October 2022 firmware.
- Unlike sideloading OTA packages, flashing factory images requires you to unlock the bootloader of the watch.
- You can always relock it after that, though.
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Google Pixel Watch: Full OTA images || Factory images
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to download the firmware packages for your Pixel Watch. Happy modding!