The day that Pixel Watch owners have been eagerly awaiting has arrived. Those who dropped some cash on a Google smartwatch might want to get some real adventures in the firmware. Just over seven months after the device was launched, the company has now posted the factory image and OTA files for the watch. While it’s not exactly a software update, these files can be useful if you’re the type to be modified, and you did something to break your watch’s software, and you need to get it back to normal.
Keep in mind that firmware packages are not intended for regular people to update your device; You should have done it live. Instead, the files will come in handy for gaining root access or for updating when a new build drops and you, as a power user, don’t want to wait for that accrued OTA payment. Developers can also take small chunks of them to come up with custom software distributions, at least in theory. In other words, aside from saving you in trouble and bringing your Pixel Watch back from the dead, a factory image may also be an important component for the aftermarket development community.
Given the fact that you can’t connect the Pixel Watch to a computer with a traditional USB Type-C cable, the flashing part is actually a bit tricky. According to the official notes, you’ll need a “debug adapter distributed by Google by invitation only,” which will likely use pogo pins inside the watchband connector. However, the modding community has long been aware of the homebrew solution.
Images are available for both the Bluetooth/Wi-Fi and LTE variants of the Pixel Watch. The latest version corresponds to the May 2023 release, but you can scroll down to the initial October 2022 firmware. Note that unlike sideloading OTA packages, flashing factory images requires you to unlock the watch’s bootloader. You can always restock it afterwards.
Google Pixel Watch: Complete OTA images || Factory photos