It feels like a lifetime since Huawei unveiled its Android Wear smartwatch during Mobile World Congress in February. You still can’t buy the device, believe it or not, and it turns out the Huawei Watch may not hit stores for at least another couple of months.
WantChinaTimes reports (via Tencent) that Huawei has reportedly run into issues with Google’s Android Wear operating system. The problem seems to be that China doesn’t allow Google services in the country, so the Chinese firm will need to offer up its own alternative apps instead. As a result, the device may not arrive until September of October — at least in its home country.
It’s unclear what’s holding up the Huawei Watch’s release abroad, where Google’s Android Wear software shouldn’t be an issue, and the report doesn’t discuss U.S. availability. Huawei regularly sells international smartphones with Google Play Services, however, so that shouldn’t be a holdup. It’s possible the company is simply waiting until it’s ready to launch in China, though Huawei previously said it would ship the device to other countries first.
To be fair, Huawei never actually announced when it planned to release the Watch, but five months is a long time to wait for an already-announced product to launch. We also don’t know exactly how much it will cost, although a few independent retailers have already confirmed the device will be available for $349 or $399 depending on which variant you pick.
“We have nothing to announce at this time regarding availability timing, but remain committed to bringing the Huawei Watch to the US,” a Huawei spokesperson told TechnoBuffalo when reached for comment.