Google Pixel Watch March 2023 update download

Google Pixel Watch has been receiving quality-of-life updates ever since its launch. Earlier this month, Google released the most anticipated Fall Detection feature for its smartwatch. Today, the firm dropped the latest March 2023 update for the Pixel Watch.

While the fall detection feature was rolled out earlier this month, not all regions received it at the same time. It was only available in the United States. The March 2023 update features Fall Detection for all including the UK, Europe, and Asia.

The update also brings several new features, improvements, and bug fixes. For one, Digital Clock is now available with a button press when the device is low on battery. The time will now appear upon crown push, alongside the red low battery indicator.

You can also now rotate the Crown to wake the watch. This comes in addition to tilt and button press to do the same.

Google also improved touch screen sensitivity for a better experience. Plus, you can now enable or disable Battery saver with a single tap.

See the complete Google Pixel Watch March 2023 update changelog from below.

Fall Detection for Pixel Watch

Fall Detection is a feature that uses sensors and algorithms to detect if the wearer has taken a hard fall. If it detects a fall, the watch will immediately vibrate and display an alert asking if the wearer is okay. If there is no response within a set time, the watch will automatically call emergency services and share the wearer’s location. This can be especially useful for older adults, those with medical conditions, and anyone who may be at risk of falls.

This feature can be turned on under ‘Updates’ page on the Watch Companion app or directly on the Pixel Watch in the Personal Safety app.

It comes in addition to the  Emergency SOS on the Pixel Watch and car crash detection in the Personal Safety App available on Pixel phones.

As for how it works, if the wearer takes a hard fall and the watch detects they aren’t moving for about 30 seconds, the Pixel Watch will vibrate, sound an alarm and display an on-screen notification to check on you. You can tap ‘I’m OK’ on the watch face to dismiss the notification or tap ‘I fell & need help’ to be connected to emergency services right away.

Google Pixel Watch Fall Detection

If you don’t respond at all, the alarm will continue for about a minute, getting louder in the final few seconds. Then the watch will automatically attempt to call emergency services and play an automated message that requests help wherever you are.

Google Pixel Watch March 2023 update Patch Notes

Software versions

Global

  • Google Pixel Watch: <RWDA.230114.008.R1>
  • Google Pixel Watch (JP/TW): <RWDA.230114.008.J2>

What’s New?

While the March 2023 software update includes numerous bug fixes and improvements for Pixel Watch users, the items mentioned below are intended to be user facing changes of note in this release. 

Watch Faces

  • Digital Clock is now available with button press when the device is powered down. The time will now appear upon crown push, alongside the red low battery indicator.

Display

  • In addition to tap, tilt, button press to wake the watch, you can now rotate the Crown to wake.

Touch

  • Optimizations have been added to improve sensitivity of touch screen behavior.

Settings

  • Battery saver enable/disable single tap support in QSS has been fully enabled in this release.

Alarms

  • In the coming weeks, a fix will be rolled out via PlayStore to update the Clock app that addresses some alarms which have been having a delayed or false start. 
  • Ensure Auto-update apps is selected in Play Store > Settings on your watch and you will get this update once it’s available when your watch is on charger and connected to Wi-Fi.

As highlighted in our March Feature Drop post, these features are now also available with this software update:

Settings

  • Mono-audio which limits the disorientation of split-audio
  • New color-correction and greyscale modes that better optimize the display for a wider range of vision preferences.

Fall Detection

  • Your Pixel Watch now has fall detection which can detect if you’ve taken a hard fall and connect you to emergency services. Once connected to emergency services, your Pixel Watch will play an automated message to request help to wherever you are.

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