It is raining smartwatches everywhere!
At the 2015 Mobile World Conference today, Chinese mobile tech manufacturer Huawei flaunted its Android Wear watch. Huawei has jumped into the hot market for wearable technology just week before Apple is expected to bring its own version to consumers.
The Huawei Watch, the Chinese company’s first entry into the wearable market, runs on Google’s Android wear and has a 1.4 inch traditional round touch screen. The device was designed to ride the line between luxury styling and functionality.
“We have responded to consumers’ requests from around the world asking for a smartwatch featuring a timeless design that is truly smart from within,” Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group.
The watch, which features a sapphire crystal face, is cased in stainless steel and will be available in silver, black and gold. Apart from the stainless steel, there is also leather strap, both are of refined luxury touch.Information is processed by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm APQ8026, and is output via its 400 x 400 286dpi display. It runs Android Wear, so it handles operations like Facebook and instant messaging.
Pairing the device with a smartphone running Android, users can receive text-message notifications, emails, calendar reminders or incoming phone alerts. It is not, as some analysts had hoped for, a watch which can operate independently from a smartphone, using its own SIM card.
Forrester analyst Thomas Husson said whether a smartwatch or wearable device can operate independently from a phone is irrelevant: “Smartwatches will complement, not replace smartphones” for at least the next two to three years.
Also, Huawei’s watch has health tracking capabilities. The company also announced an update to its TalkBand device, the TalkBand B2, which is the company’s dedicated health tracking device.
Details such as release date and price were not disclosed, but the watch will be available in most of the both North and South America and Europe.
Sales of wearables are expected grow from 29 million in 2014 to 172 million in 2018, according to CCS Insight, and companies are looking to grab a share of the torrid market.
Device makers are also trying to drum up support for their smartwatches ahead of the release of the Apple Watch. The tech giant is expected to begin shipping its devices in April, though a cryptic event invite from the Cupertino-based company hints that consumers may see it as early as this month.