LG’s G Watch Urbane LTE was set to be the first Android Wear-powered smartwatch to pack cellular capabilities that would have seen its users be able to use it without having to connect to the internet using Wi-Fi or connecting it to their smartphones via Bluetooth. However, since that was not to be as a result of the G Watch Urbane LTE developing some technical challenges, that crown has no specific owner at the moment. Chinese device maker Huawei may soon be making a claim to it if what we know now is anything to go by.
Huawei is said to be readying a second stab at the wearables market with a fresh take on its beautiful and well-crafted smartwatch, Huawei Watch. The second generation of the Watch is expected to be able to act independently of companion smartphones or reliance on wireless networks. Huawei is expected to still keep a version of the Watch that does not have cellular connectivity. If the rumour mill turns out to be accurate, the second generation Huawei Watch will go on sale in the second half of 2016 and could be first Android Wear device to be able to connect to cellular networks. Samsung’s Gear smartwatches like the Gear S and Gear S2 have been able to connect to such networks but they are powered by Tizen and not Android Wear.