The future might be bleak for Android Wear as one of the platform’s biggest partners is considering leaving for a competitor’s offering.
Huawei, according to the Korean Herald, is engaged in conversations with Samsung to develop smartwatches based on Tizen. Google’s non-collaborative behavior is believed to be the cause for Huawei’s decision to move away from Android Wear and towards another platform.
Both companies have reportedly agreed to work together to create devices that have hardware and software built for each other. While Huawei works on the hardware, Samsung would tailor the software to have a complete experience for users. This is one of the benefits Apple has enjoyed for years; the ability to create in-house hardware running on in-house software provides great flexibility.
A few weeks ago, CNET reported that multiple companies halted plans to release any Android Wear devices for the rest of 2016. LG, Huawei, and Lenovo confirmed they are reconsidering their strategies in wearables since the market’s hype dwindled. Samsung even confirmed over the summer that is done with Android Wear altogether.
Google’s Android Wear partners might be waiting for the massive 2.0 update to roll out, but we haven’t heard anything about it since the announcement at Google I/O 2016 in May. So it could be time for them to consider alternatives.
If Huawei does move forward with leaving Android Wear, Samsung’s Tizen would gain its first partner since launching in 2012.
Source: Korea Herald