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Huawei Watch owner receives test build of Android Wear, turning on the speaker

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Huawei Watch owner receives a test build of Android Wear that enables new features

Huawei Watch owner receives a test build of Android Wear that enables new features

A Huawei Watch owner has passed along his experience with a test build of Android Wear 1.4.0, running on Android 6.0.1. Posting on Reddit under the handle ThirdTime Caller, the owner of the watch said that he received an OTA update which took a long time to download and install. With this in mind, he believes that others owning the timepiece won't receive the update until it is more stable. It appears that the particular Huawei Watch that received the update is enrolled in a special test group.

After receiving the test build, the speakers on the watch work which means that phone calls can be made or received. In addition, ringtones can be selected. The owner of this particular Huawei Watch says that there is one issue he doesn't like. When the device is in text-to-speech mode, it will provide play-by-play of everything done with the watch as well as repeat the time and menus on the screen.

While the update enables features that Android already said would be coming with the next update to Android Wear, The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE was supposed to be the first Android Wear smartwatch with cellular connectivity (the Samsung Gear S and Samsung Gear S2 are both powered by Tizen), that device was cancelled.

"Yesterday night I noticed my Huawei Watch received an OTA update but I didn't get to install it until this morning since it took so long to download. This is a TEST BUILD so I don't think others will be getting it until the stable release. A quick test before work showed that the speaker indeed works. So far I see that you can set a ringtone for phone calls and making phone calls on the watch itself works. Having text-to-speech is annoying because it reads out the time and any menu you go into. I wish it would only read out my notifications at user specified times."-ThirdTime caller via Reddit

Huawei Watch owners should be very excited knowing that the next Android Wear update is getting closer, and it will give them some eagerly-awaited capabilities.

source: Reddit via DroidLife

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posted on 31 Dec 2015, 13:31

1. neela_akaash (Posts: 1229; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)

can someone tell me what is the price of this watch? looks classy..

posted on 31 Dec 2015, 14:01

2. drifter77 (Posts: 287; Member since: 12 Jun 2015)

$400 on Amazon.

posted on 31 Dec 2015, 14:28

3. maherk (Posts: 4849; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

I've had this watch for 3 months or so now, and I never knew it has a built in speaker. Sweet!!

posted on 31 Dec 2015, 15:34

4. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)

Gears S2's got it too!

posted on 31 Dec 2015, 16:36

9. maherk (Posts: 4849; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

The 3g version. Not the regular version though.

posted on 31 Dec 2015, 17:35 1

10. sgodsell (Posts: 4858; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

The Gear S2 is definitely cheaper quality compared to the Huawei watch. The Huawei watch has a Sapphire Crystal display, whereas the S2 does not. The stainless steel case is also superior to the S2. Not to mention the higher resolution display on the Huawei watch.

posted on 31 Dec 2015, 18:22 1

11. maherk (Posts: 4849; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Different materials doesn't translate to cheaper quality.
The Gear S2 still looks like it came out of the box just yesterday, whereas the HW has very minor hairline scratches(I have the stainless steel version).
And true that the Gear S2 has GG3 unlike the HW which has the sapphire glass, but it is a huge plus if you ask me, because sapphire glass is a huge con, it affects visibility under sunlight like nothing else. Even when I triple press the side button and crank up the brightness to the max, I would find it difficult to see what's on the screen.

posted on 31 Dec 2015, 18:27 1

12. Clars123 (Posts: 938; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)

the gear S2 has a stainless steel case as well

posted on 31 Dec 2015, 22:52

14. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14521; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

The Gear S2 also has a stainless steel case. Geez.
Sapphire Glass covers the display. The display itself isn't sapphire glass. But I don't see how it's better than glass.

Does the Huawei, have GPS, UV, Heart Rate, 3G, gyro, equally as many faces and apps, IP67 rated, is it even standalone?

I mean how exactly is it better? Looks?

Looks are always and will forever be subjective.

posted on 02 Jan 2016, 03:52

19. ph00ny (Posts: 1508; Member since: 26 May 2011)

This is the exact reason why we ended up in aluminum cans as cell phone case shells

posted on 31 Dec 2015, 15:38

5. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4783; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

Hey, I heard that you've got a Gear S2. Just wondering what your thoughts were on it, and also about the Huawei watch.

The only thing I've really heard bad about the S2 was that it wants you to use S Voice predominantly. I'm on a Nexus 6p so I don't even have S Voice (unless it's on the watch itself) and didn't like it when I did have it. Is there a way to set it up for Google Now instead? But I am interested to try out the rotating bezel and see if it's worth the hype or not.

As far as the Huawei watch, I also like it, but I don't like the pogo pin charging method.

posted on 31 Dec 2015, 16:04 1

6. TheWeasel (Posts: 403; Member since: 26 Dec 2014)

I would like to know if Google Now can replace S Voice on the Gear S2 as well. I was considering getting one soon but being forced to use S Voice would be a deterrent for me.

posted on 31 Dec 2015, 16:35

8. maherk (Posts: 4849; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

For now, there isn't a way to do it. S Voice on the S2 is getting better with each update.

posted on 31 Dec 2015, 23:02

16. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14521; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

S-Voice works better on the Gear S and S2 because the database is on the device itself unlike when you use it on the phone. It's also faster on the Gears vs on the phone.

posted on 31 Dec 2015, 16:34 1

7. maherk (Posts: 4849; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

It all depends on what you want from a watch.
For me, I mostly use smartwatch for checking my notifications, fitness, and also my favorite, which is switching between watchfaces.
Now out of the two, I would definitely go with the Gear S2. I am not gonna lie, I did regret getting it the 1st 2-3 days, because I felt that it was too small for me. But again, the same thing happened to me when I switched from the large Moto 360 to the HW.
Now I do appreciate it a lot more. I still love my HW, but I tend to use the S2 a bit more.
Pros over the HW:
-the rotating bezel...duhh
-fluid UI
-Better battery life
-Ambient light sensor does come in handy.
-Tizen UI looks far better than the boring white android wear, and offers more customization.
-screen doesn't suffer from the red tent found on the HW(only noticeable if you have a black watchface in a dark room)
-I got the sport, and it feels amazing on the hand.

HW pros over the S2:
-looks like a classic watch with a gorgeous screen.
-More apps(Not a big deal for me, although I would love it to have the watchmaker app on tizen)

As for the HW charger, I can't really complain, after the 1st few days, you will get used to it.

Again, you can't go wrong with either of them, but if I was to choose, hands down the S2 gets my vote.

posted on 31 Dec 2015, 22:57

15. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14521; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

The red tint is the sapphire glass.

posted on 31 Dec 2015, 18:41

13. engineer-1701d (unregistered)

i used it and i think they s voice was perfect but i still could not get the voice wakeup to work like my wear ok google. send text

posted on 01 Jan 2016, 02:15

17. ikenvape (Posts: 196; Member since: 28 May 2014)

Set it up with Textra. Texts send and receive fluidly, especially from the Buddy widget.

posted on 01 Jan 2016, 22:22

18. Ilikkaman (banned) (Posts: 39; Member since: 29 Dec 2015)

I took my s2 3g back to att after one week. Battery life wad atrocious. Watch was to small. Svoice totally sucks and screws up every time you ask it something. Google is so many light years ahead in the efficiency of usefulness. Finally, I found it much more difficult using the dial vs. Touching for navigation. In one word, maybe two, tizen sux!

posted on 03 Jan 2016, 13:45

20. Yousefjaber (Posts: 53; Member since: 24 Nov 2015)

Lucky !!

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