Most major smartphone manufacturers have already launched smartwatches and other have signalled their intentions to. However, there are still some major players left who have not joined the smartwatch party, Xiaomi being among the most famed. However, the Chinese company has long been rumored to be working on a wearable and those rumors are surfacing again.
While Apple is winning praise and indeed criticism for the Apple Watch, Android Wear is still out there and while we can argue all day about which wearable OS has the better features, there is no doubt that Android Wear boasts the most choice. There are a number of smartwatches available for the platform now and while Apple brags about its feature set, those rocking an Android Wear device will be getting some new features too.
Huawei raised the curtain on its smartwatch at the Mobile World Conference and it is a stunner, one of the nicest looking wearables on the market, and sexier than a certain Apple Watch. The Chinese company has now revealed the prices of the device in the European market, with the gold version of the Android Wear smartwatch landing in Germany.
Just about all the major mobile brands have launched a smartwatch, while others have announced wearables on the way (here's looking at you Apple). It is now the turn of the growing up and coming companies to follow suit, and the latest rumoured to be joining the smartwatch race is Oppo. The Chinese company known for well spec'd whacky smartphones will apparently announce the wearable alongside its upcoming Find 9 flagship handset.
Expectations for the Apple Watch have gone from modest to hugely optimistic, but one consensus seems to hold true, the device will sell well. In fact, no matter which research company you source, they all think the Apple Watch will become a defining wearable and the most successful so far too. Strategy Analytics has now added its own predictions and says that the Apple Watch will shift 15 million units through 2015.
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.