Android Wear won't be getting any new smartwatches from its biggest OEMs for the rest of 2016

Android Wear won't be getting any new smartwatches from its biggest OEMs for the rest of 2016
This time last year, the world seemed to be a buzz with smartwatches. The wearable market was still relatively new and popular among the tech world, and the Apple Watch was making waves as one of the most highly anticipated watches we'd seen yet. The future looked hopeful for the smartwatch world, but according to new information that was released today, it looks like that hype and steam is beginning to fizzle out.

There have been new official reports from Huawei, LG, and Motorola that none of the companies will be releasing any sort of smartwatch running the Android Wear OS for the rest of 2016. If you've been following the smartwatch world for some time, you'll be very well aware that these are three of the most important companies for Android Wear, as their products have easily been some of the most popular and successful ones we've seen yet. The Huawei Watch was a thing of true beauty and brought a tremendous amount of power with it, Motorola's Moto 360-line has remained as one of the most customizable options out there, and LG has released multiple big-hitters with both the G Watch R and Watch Urbane.


LG did announce the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition back in November of 2015, and had plans to release it around that same time. Unfortunately, sales of the watch were halted by LG due to hardware issues that the company was experiencing. LG made an attempt to re-launch the watch again in March of this year, and while a few users were able to get their hands on the watch through AT&T and Verizon, the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition has been in release limbo ever since. This is especially sad considering the fact that the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition was the first major smartwatch that would be the first Android Wear watch to support phone calls and Internet connectivity without having to be tied to a phone at all times.

So, what will the smartwatch landscape look like for the rest of 2016? Essentially, we're going to be looking at a head-to-head battle between Apple and Samsung. The Apple Watch Series 2 and Samsung Gear S3 are the companies' latest smartwatch products, and each of them look to bring a pretty hefty punch. However, with the Apple Watch running watchOS and the Gear S3 running Tizen, Android Wear will be sitting this one out.


Android Wear 2.0 looks to be quite promising, and we very well expect to see Huawei, LG, and Motorola back in the saddle for the Android Wear market in 2017. Even with that being the case though, it is a little worrisome to see all of these big players officially saying that they don't have anything in the works for this year. We aren't saying that Android Wear is dead, but we are going to be closely following the operating system throughout all of next year.

source: CNET via Android and Me

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13 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Considering LG only released the Urbane LTE 2 in March of this year. Then why release another one. However with that said I still can't get one in Canada. The other thing is there is already a bunch of new Android wear watches that were just released. Plus more to come. Like the two new Fossil watches, the two new Micheal Kors watches, Nixon mission, Asus ZenWatch 3, and more to come.

2. Fona13A unregistered

there shouldn't be an oversaturation of any smartwatch

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I guess it's about demand and supply. It won't necessarily be an oversaturation, if LG releases multiple smartwatch models in a single year, as long as there is demand for it.

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Better that, then say only one square style like Apples watch. Besides many of the current Android Wear smart watches have exactly that, different styles and shapes, plus different sensors, and features. It kind of fits what Android is all about. Be together, and not always the same. The other thing is a love a smart watch that is inconspicuous, and doesn't look like a smart watch. Many people look at my smart watch and think it's a regular watch.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

How long will it be before we start getting Android Wear watches in Happy Meals?

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If it means dropping the price down even more. Then that would have a great benefit to the Masses, wouldn't it Mxyzptlk? Btw how is your overpriced single core 520mhz Apple watch from last year doing?

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're just bumburned at the truth. Btw, the Apple Watch got a bump in specs with a price drop.

9. lolatfailphones

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Lmfao dude you're my fav

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Like how the Apple Watch came out. Bubble gum machine?

7. torr310

Posts: 1679; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

The hype vs practicality

10. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

That's why I'm waiting for a good/decent looking square screen Android Wear watch with all the latest features. The G Watch was way more practical than G Watch R, but looks like a potato, and the newer square ones are missing some new stuff.

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

xiaomi, asus, and meizu isnt big OEM?

11. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I wish Motorola world release the 3rd generation 360 this year.

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