No Android Wear smartwatches from Lenovo, Huawei and LG this year
IFA 2016 came and gone. But, one missing element from this year’s event was the announcement of Android Wear smartwatch from any OEM!
Well, that wasn’t a surprise to me. Aside from Apple and Samsung, every other smartwatch maker is suffering from low sales and demand from consumers. Lenovo, Huawei, and LG all have admitted to CNET that there are no plans for Moto 360 or Huawei watch upgrades. Even, Samsung discloses their early adopters have been male consumers meaning the smartwatch trend still haven’t convinced the normal consumers.
There are actually multiple reasons for this reverse trend. Most smartwatches only offer a battery life of day or two and in comparison, the fitness trackers provide much better longevity. Even though Android Wear got a much needed huge update at this year’s I/O, the OS is still a mess with up and down continuous swipes. This is an area where Google needs to improve drastically, UI navigation.
With Google rumoured to release Nexus/Pixel smartwatches this year, we only have three options to choose from – Apple Watch 2, Gear S3 or Google ones. What are your views on this? Were you looking forward to grab an updated Android Wear? Sound off in comments.