News by Luke Jones on Wednesday March 18, 2015.
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Huawei dropped its first ever smartwatch at the Mobile World Conference earlier this month, and it is one of the best wearables on the market. It is good looking and comes rocking Google's Android Wear software, but it seems Huawei is not entirely happy with the ecosystem. The company's Vice President of Product Management, Yang Yong says that Android Wear is too closed.He said that Huawei's own research suggests that users a looking for customizing options as well as unique features, but Yong adds that the closed limitations of Android Wear means manufacturers are struggling to set their products apart and all smartwatches are coming across as the same in terms of features. The is certainly something that has followed Android Wear around since it launched last year, all products are very similar in terms of features, while most even carry identical hardware. Of course, Google's great software rival Apple has an even tighter system, but the difference is there are not multiple manufacturers building with the Apple Watch software, it is a unique device. Yong complains that manufacturers are not left with much choices for features when building with Android Wear, with such things as menus, apps, and UI all pre-decided and unchangeable. Of course, Google can change that as Android Wear is still very young, but at the moment it is a concern for the company. Luckily, there are not too many rivals. Apple will remains closed and exclusive, but perhaps Samsung's Tizen will become a major threat to Android Wear in the coming year, or LG's webOS. Neither company has indicated that they want third parties to develop on their proprietary software, but could they be tempted to? "People have different appetites for the watch. What we are doing is trying to make from the hardware view, in the design view, in the software view, in the surface view, we are trying to differentiate our watch to appeal to the consumers who will use it."-Yang Yong, Vice President of Product Management, Huawei
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