Huawei has raised the curtain on its first smartwatch here at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, and its looks good. It looks fantastic in fact; long gone are the days when the Motorola Moto X was the only desirable smartwatch, there are now a number of contenders. The imaginatively named Huawei Watch is a round faced wearable that looks like, well a watch, and it is definitely a looker.
HTC postponed its smartwatch plans last year, and it seems the company is continuing to wait it out in launching a true smart wearable. Instead, the Taiwanese brand used its MWC event to announce its first wearable, a fitness tracker. HTC has been rumored for a couple of months to be launching a wearable at the expo in Barcelona and the company's recent deal with Under Armour suggested a fitness tracker would be the product launched.
The recently launched LG G Watch Urbane, a wearable that may have a claim to being the best looking smartwatch yet. The Urbane will have some other calling cards too, including LTE and from what LG says, the best battery life we have seen before in such a wearable. There will be two versions of the G Watch Urbane, a regular one, and one that is packing LTE, allowing it to make calls.
LG's original G Watch smartwatch was a pretty basic affair and was designed to show off what Google's Android Wear platform could do. However, with the G Watch R, the Korean company pointed to a direction of trying to marry smartwatch tech with causal timepiece design, even if it did not quite pull it off. However, LG has announced the Watch Urbane luxury smartwatch, arguably the device that the G Watch R should have been.
HTC has been perhaps the most interesting company to follow in terms of wearables. The company is in a will it, won't it situation, delaying its smartwatch last year but now likely to announce it alongside the One M9 smartphone flagship at MWC next month. However, it seems as though HTC will have one more surprise up its sleeve and will make its smartwatch cross platform.
Apple is celebrating its historic earnings call today, with the company breaking records for quarterly revenue and income. However, looking to the future, there are plenty out there who want to know when the Apple Watch will be released. After-all, it has been a long time is it was announced way back in September.
Asus's ZenWatch has only been with us a couple of months, launching in November after an announcement at IFA in September. It is one of the better looking smartwatches on the market, but its Android Wear platform means it doesn?t really come with any differentiating features and is the same as other wearables on the software. However, the next ZenWatch will add a bit more individuality.
When Apple launched the original iPad back in April 2010, it was the peak of tablet technology at the time, a true alternative mobile computing solution. It was very well made and was the best that technology had at the time. However, even less than five years later the iPad's computing technology is now possible in a wearable.
When Apple launched the Apple Watch back in September, there was some pretty vocal opposition from Tag Heuer supremo Jean-Claude Biver. The head of Tag Heuer for LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton said that Apple had made "some fundamental mistakes". However, time seems to be a healer as Biver is now singing the praises of Cupertino's first ever wearable.
Rumors of an HTC built smartwatch has been around for some time, and the company even admitted that it shelved its wearable until the market is more mature. Recently a HTC marketing employee told me that the company will roll out its first smartwatch alongside the One M9 flagship at MWC in March. There are now more reports today that the watch will arrive at the mobile event in Barcelona in six weeks' time.