So far 2014 has certainly been the year of the wearables. Back in June we saw the launch of the first generation of smartwatches including offerings from both Samsung and LG. Both the devices were first outed at Google’s annual I/O event. However, what caught the audience’s attention (and imagination) at I/O was the first glimpse of Motorola’s contribution to wearables, the Moto 360. This was different to both Samsung and LG’s attempts with a cleaner, rounder and more stylish look. The audience was in awe and this sent the next few months into hyper drive in terms of speculation and announcements.
Since I/O, the last half of 2014 looks set to not only be the time of the wearables but also the time of the ’roundables’. Less than two months after the release of Samsung’s and LG’s first attempts the rumours began that both Samsung and LG were already working on a round smartwatch. At first this seemed as though they were jumping on Motorola’s bandwagon although it then became clear (at least for LG) that round was always the intention. The first generation was merely a ‘test-run’ and proof-of-concept. Now we find ourselves knee-deep in IFA talk and both Samsung and LG have definitely confirmed their next generation. To add to this IFA has also brought us announcements from both ASUS and Sony advising that they too are entering the wearable race, with Sony on its latest model, the Smartwatch3. In contrast, HTC were expected to be working on a wearable although today publically denounced the suggestion confirming that due to rising costs they have abandoned their intention to produce a smartwatch…at least for now.
So another day and it’s time for another announcement. Today’s (or at least this hour’s) announcement comes from Huawei. The Chinese company is also entering the smartwatch war however their device won’t be available until 2015. As such we have no details on the device itself or specs to provide as the project still seems to be in its infancy. According to Huawei’s CEO Richard Yu who confirmed the project the device will run on Android Wear, Google’s already popular platform. This is not Huawei’s first attempt at a wearable with the company already releasing their fitness tracker bracelet, the Talkband B1 earlier this year. However, the smartwatch is expected to be a completely different level. As yet, we don’t know if Huawei will attempt to break away from what is already the mold and avoid the round revolution or stick to what seems to be popular. However, Yu was quoted at an IFA interview stating the device will be “Innovative and Beautiful”. More interestingly Yu was also quoted saying it will be “more beautiful” than Samsung’s Gear S. What do you think? Is Huawei entering the race too late? Will it be round? Let us know your thoughts.