The Huawei Watch could launch in China as late as 2016, EU and US launches still on track

The Huawei Watch could launch in China as late as 2016, EU and US launches still on track
It looks like Huawei is encountering some serious problems with making the adjustments necessary to launch the Huawei Watch in the company's home market of China. 

While it was previously believed that the Huawei Watch could launch at some point in September or October in China, a new report from WSJ argues that the delay might actually be longer than previously anticipated.

The report quotes Yang Yong, manager for wearables at Huawei, who says that Huawei is running into problems with Google's Android Wear in China. 

The previous report argued that Huawei plans to launch the Watch in China without all of the Google services that come pre-loaded on all Android Wear smartwatches. 

As Google services are not popular (if available at all) in China, Huawei plans to customize the OS by replacing Google's services with ones that Chinese customers actually use. As it turns out, however, this isn't as easily done as it is on smartphones. Android Wear is a more closely-locked platform than Android for smartphones and tablets, which is most likely the reason why the company is forced to delay the launch in China. According to WSJ, Yang did not rule out the possibility that the Huawei Watch will be released in China as late as 2016.

Fortunately for US and European customers, it looks like this delay in Chian will not affect the launch of the wearable in other markets. According to Yang, the Huawei Watch is still on track for a Q3 release date in select Western markets.

Interestingly, the Huawei executive is also quoted stating that Huawei will use this delay to make further design tweaks to the Chinese version of the wearable. Apparently, Chinese customers will be offered a less bulky version of the Huawei Watch.

The Huawei Watch comes with a round, ultra-sharp display and a design that closely mimics that of a classical wrist watch. For more details, check out our Huawei Watch hands-on.


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5 Comments

1. waddup121 unregistered

gold on mah watch

4. sgodsell

Posts: 6715; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I wish the girl would come with the watch. :-) Anyway Android Wear has added a layer where watch apps can talk to the phone and vise versa (request and send data). Also existing Android phone and tablet apps can send and request input from an Android Wear watch, without putting any app on the watch. This is very unique to Android Wear, and is not in the base Android code. No other smart watch platform can do this. The only one that is close is Apples watch.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 6715; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Have to wait and see what the price of this watch will be. Also I its missing an ambient light sensor, and GPS. But it has everything else. Including the highest resolution smart watch display on the market.http://consumer.huawei.com/en/wearables/tech-specs/huawei-watch.htm

2. tedkord

Posts: 17088; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Best looking smartwatch right now. By quite a bit.

3. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Damn...must be a hard time for Huawei in their own home country right? Would be nice if China didn't ban Google services, cuz it's a hard time to the Chinese manufacturers and also tourists as well. I like China, but I dislike how they're doing with tech services. Anyways, this is the best looking smartwatch IMO. Great job, Huawei!

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