Google had once reportedly contemplated putting a punch-hole display on a smartwatch

There were earlier rumours of a Pixel Watch coming out, although it doesn't appear to have panned out.

It would appear that the hole-punch displays are not enough for smartphones as a new report has stated that Google was at one point contemplating to bring a hole-punch in a smartwatch.

Google Watch.

Google Watch.

As per a recently discovered patent, first spotted by letsgodigital, it has been revealed that the Mountain View-based tech giant wanted to place a camera right in the centre of a smartwatch. The patent dates back to July 2017 and is titled 'Camera Watch'. The patent shows 7 diagrams of the unreleased design.

It is not unusual for companies to put a camera in a smartwatch as Samsung's Galaxy Gear and Gear 2 in 2013 and 2014 respectively, had come with cameras. The recently launched Nubia Alpha with a flexible panel also came with a camera. There were rumours of a Pixel Watch coming out as well, but that hasn't happened yet.

However, companies have generally abstained from putting in a camera on a smartwatch as there doesn't appear to be enough space to place a decent sensor. Also clicking photos from a smartwatch is quite a hassle, with it being strapped to your wrist and all. Apple has never placed a camera sensor in the Apple Watch, although an earlier patent had leaked which showed a camera in one of the future models of the Apple Watch.

Would Google in the future release a smartwatch with a punch-hole in the centre? Now that it has acquired a stake in Fossil, the possibility does not seem very distant.

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