Huawei confirmed it plans to launch a new smartwatch. It’ll be powered by Android Wear, but there’s no timeframe for a launch and don’t expect it anytime soon. While saying there’s something in development, Huawei was quick to add the immediate roadmap does not include a flagship wearable.
It’d give Android Wear a much-needed boost from a high-profile brand. The status of Android Wear is unclear, but there still seems to be existing commitment from a handful of companies. Most of them, however, are fashion brands targeting a very specific demographic.
If Huawei throws its support behind Google’s platform again, it could spark some interest and lead others to follow.
Here’s what CEO Richard Yu told TechRadar:
“It will come later – there’s no hurry because Huawei Watch 2 sells well. We’re not in a hurry, so we’re launching the new watch later.”
The statement contradicts what I was told last year when the current smartwatch hit the market. One source told me that, in addition to the media not putting forth positive reviews, consumers expressed little interest in the Huawei Watch 2. Its launch came and went with virtually no buzz.
Don’t expect to see the Huawei Watch 3 debut alongside the P20 later this month. It’ll likely be the end of this year or early 2019 when Huawei announces the new smartwatch.