Huawei rumored to build its own Tizen-based smartwatch

Huawei rumored to build its own Tizen-based smartwatch
According to a new report published today in a daily newspaper from South Korea, Huawei is working on a Tizen-based smartwatch.

Unlike most other big mobile device manufacturers, Huawei hasn't been very active in the smartwatch industry in the past months. The last Huawei smartwatch was the appropriately named Watch, which launched back in late 2015. Since then, we haven't heard much of any future Huawei-made smartwatches.

While Huawei did not officially comment its position, a rumor dating a few months back quoted an unnamed Huawei smartwatch executive claiming that the company is waiting for component manufacturers to improve their products. In particular, Huawei was claimed to be waiting for smartwatch components to shrink further and for the processors to be more efficient before taking another aim at making a smartwatch.

If this new rumor from JoongAng Ilbo turns out to be accurate, Huawei is working with Samsung to create a smartwatch based on Tizen OS. Samsung leads the development of Linux-based Tizen and this Huawei-made smartwatch would be the first non-Samsung mobile device to use Tizen.

The report also claims that Huawei is unsatisfied with Google's position towards a closed Android Wear. Unlike with smartphones and tablets, Google restricts user interface personalization on Android Wear devices. Note that this isn't the first report to argue that Huawei is looking for Android alternatives; a few months back, a rumor claimed that Huawei is even considering making its own operating system. In the meantime, the report has been refuted by Huawei officials, but where there's smoke, there's fire.

On Samsung's behalf, a Samsung spokesperson did not confirm this information, claiming that no official collaboration request has yet been put forward by Huawei. Given the open source nature of Tizen, Huawei can work on a Tizen device without Samsung's official participation, this is far from a complete denial of the report.

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13 Comments

1. WeezyF

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 09, 2015

google having total control over its OS is a double edged sword. we love it stock and fast but some manufacturers add value but end up slowing it down.

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

True, as much as I love fast updates I still want OEMs to be allowed to add features I hope Google adds something like Cyanogen's MODs to allow OEMs to integrate new features

2. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

android breakaway

4. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

andromeda is DOA...OEMs wont support it

5. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Android wear is simply a failure with a bunch of apps. Tizen is a amazing with almost no apps. Tizen ftw anyways. Can't wait for my mst Gear s3 Frontier!

13. NonFanBoy

Posts: 180; Member since: May 28, 2015

"Tizen is a amazing with almost no apps" and no Google now (S Voice is so slow somethimes that its almost unusable) and poor integration with android apps on phone. Both Tizen and Google wear OS have pros and cons but I think Google has a better proposition for now.

6. mudcat626

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 13, 2016

What's amazing about Tizen?

7. ph00ny

Posts: 2032; Member since: May 26, 2011

Battery life and hardware efficiency

8. DetroitTech

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

Really? I get 2 days on my Moto 360(1st). Are you getting 3 days on your Gear? And what is hardware efficiency exactly?

9. maherk

Posts: 6881; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

2 days on the 1st gen Moto 360? I hardly used to get 6 hrs of use with the Moto 360. Huawei watch on the other hands deliver atleast 2 days, and I can squeeze in another day if I set the brightness to 3. Gear S2 on the hand gives me a solid 3 days, and again, with a little bit of tweaking, I can get 4 days. Btw, on the 1st gen Moto 360, the always screen on would be switched off, something that has been ticked on since day one on my HW and Gear S2.

10. ph00ny

Posts: 2032; Member since: May 26, 2011

Basically everything runs smoother without using higher spec hardware Good example of this Gear 1 where the first release was with modified android os and later updated to tizen. Both the battery life and smoothness went up drastically on same hardware

11. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

lmao 2 full days? please. Moto 360 1st gen had absolute s**t batterylife. Struggled to pass even 1 day. Meanwhile my Gear S2 Classic uses 20-30% a day.

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

great :D samsung and huawei have the best smartwatch design out there.. and both of them will use Tizen :D

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