Huawei wants Google to open up Android Wear

Huawei wants Google to open up Android Wear
At the beginning of this month, Huawei introduced its stunning new smartwatch at MWC in Barcelona. While the watch is powered by Android Wear, it seems that Google's wearable platform isn't receiving rave reviews inside Huawei. The company's Vice President of Product Management, Yang Yong, feels that Android Wear is too closed. He points to Huawei's own research which shows that smartwatch buyers want unique features so that they can make the timepiece their own.

The problem, as Yong sees it, is that Android Wear prevents manufacturers from customizing and thus differentiating their watches from the competition. Outside of different watch faces, and the hardware design of a smartwatch, manufacturers of Android Wear devices don't have much leeway once they decide to use the platform. Android Wear supplies the UI, apps and menus which cannot be changed.

Future versions of Android Wear might offer more custom features, but for now there seems to be a move away from using it. Samsung has employed Tizen for most of its smartwatches, including the stand-alone Samsung Gear S. LG's premium Watch Urbane uses the webOS based Wearable Platform OS and Asus says that its next-gen smartwatch will not be powered by Android Wear.

Huawei's Yong says that the company has conducted research on which watch faces appeal the most to prospective customers of its smartwatch. Until Google loosens the reins around Android Wear, there isn't much else that the company can do to the software to make the Huawei Watch stand out from the competition. That leaves the hardware, and by all accounts Huawei has done a great job in designing a premium looking timepiece.

source: TrustedReviews via AndroidAuthority



1. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Hell no, don't want sense and crapwiz ruining Android wear, go design your own OS and watch it become useless like tizen and webOS.

5. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Useless? Tizen has already proved that it is a perfect match for smartwatches, better performance and bettery life, and i have no doubts over webOS, it looks very promising on the Urbane LTE. If LG and Samsung are focusing more on their own OS, and Huwaei are showing concers over the lack of customization Android wear offers, then i have no doubts that Google will be forced to change things up. Plus, why would it hurt you if manufacturers and users were able to customize their watches? It's like you saying you want stock android on every android phone, which contradicts the whole purpose of owning an android phone and turning into an iPhone.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7515; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Can anyone tell me why its so ironic to see a Chinese company like Huawei talk about opening up more. Talk about calling the kettle black.

10. Dattack

Posts: 61; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

No, but I can tell you that it's pretty sad.

14. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Google android wear developer are lazy, tha'ts why its not good optimized power hungry and suck!

2. Feanor

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I think the doomsday rumours for companies leaving Android Wear are greatly exaggerated. If you notice, companies like Samsung and LG don't employ Android Wear because it doesn't support (yet) independent connectivity and phone call features. E.g. LG chose their own operating system for the G Watch Urbane LTE because they were designing an LTE watch. They still used Android Wear for the non LTE version of it. If they were so disappointed by Wear, they would have ditched it already for the normal Urbane .

3. HASHTAG unregistered

I hope Google keeps Android Wear closed for an indefinite time.

12. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Oh the Irony.....

4. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Is there a way to make a custom launcher (Nova Launcher for watches) that won't effect the update process?

6. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

I'm with Huawei on this one. Android Wear needs to start off in much the same way as Android for smartphones did, open and infinitely customisable by OEMs. From there Google search would have to tighten the screws with time. We may get some interesting news over at I/O but at the moment Android Wear kinda bunks

7. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Emotion UI in Android Wear would be awesome. Google should really open up Android Wear, and let manufacturers implement their skin or customizations into their own Android Wear device, not giving us the same stock UI on every Android Wear devices. Don't be so restricted, this isn't what Android supposed to be. I thought the slogan for Android is "Be together, not the same"?

8. surethom

Posts: 1729; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

I agree to a point we don't want over customization like touchwiz but some relaxing of the rules. I hate the bright white screens I much prefer a dark theme MUCH more classy.

11. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Exactly, I initially wanted Android Wear to stay closed, but moderate UI changes (so long as it still FEELS like the same OS) should definitely be allowed. I think it's somewhat ironic the Google is trumpeting their "Be together, not the same." Slogan for Android wear. Yeah, the offerings vary more than the Apple Watch's different versions, but there really isn't a HUGE difference in terms of varying hardware options. Google's gotta change something software wise.

13. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Like the Apple watch? Lol!

15. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Absolutely! But I'm an Android guy either way, and I'm not going for an Android Wear device (or any smartwatches) until they improve.

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