It has emerged that ASUS may be planning to discontinue its line of smartwatches following disappointing sales. Beginning in 2014, a range of ASUS ZenWatch products have been released, with the Taiwanese company attempting to establish itself in the wearables market.
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Swatch has chosen to develop its own operating system as part of a smartwatch development programme. The company, which has long been linked with an entry into the smartwatch market, has chosen to eschew the likes of Android Wear and Tizen in order to develop its own platform.
Two new smartwatches from LG are set to launch, with the wearables becoming the first devices to run Android Wear 2.0. The announcement of the new products was actually made by Google, rather than LG, reflecting a collaboration between the two companies.
In recent years there have been numerous rumours about HTC releasing its own smartwatch. Now speculation has emerged once more, with the Taiwanese manufacturer supposedly working on a new wearable.
A recent certificate issued by the Federal Communications Commission in the United States appears to show that LG is getting ready to launch a new Android Wear smartwatch. The discovery of the certificate coincides with development of Android Wear 2.0, which is nearing completion.
With uncertainty having developed over the future of Google’s smartwatch OS, Android Wear product manager Jeff Chang has taken part in a timely interview with The Verge, promising at least two new devices in 2017.
The smartwatch manufacturer Pebble is to stop making hardware with immediate effect, after some of the company’s assets were acquired by Fitbit, the company behind a number of popular activity trackers. As part of the deal, many of Pebble’s staff, as well as intellectual property relating to software and firmware, will be transferred to Fitbit.
Samsung is expecting its Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch to deliver big sales numbers. It has been reported that the South Korean company is predicting that it’s forthcoming wearable device will see 61.3% more shipments than all of its smartwatches and fitness bands recorded together in 2015.
Yesterday there was troubling news for the Android Wear platform when it emerged that Huawei may be looking to switch to Tizen for future smartwatches. This has been followed today by a somewhat more positive development, with the inclusion of Google Play in Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 3.
Huawei could be considering dropping Android Wear and instead switching to Samsung’s Tizen for future smartwatches. With few Android Wear devices being planned for the future by manufacturers, the loss of Huawei’s support would be a significant blow to the platform.