Thursday, September 15, 2016

Google's biggest Android Wear partners don't have plans for new watches this year

Originally published at  The Verge By   |

Don't expect to see any new smartwatches from LG, Lenovo, or Huawei before 2017. The three biggest Android Wear manufacturers have confirmed to CNET that they won't release new hardware in 2016, leaving LG as the only one of the three that has released a smartwatch this year.

IFA is usually the time when these companies have announced new smartphones, but the event came and went without a third generation Moto 360 or a follow-up to the Huawei Watch. So why the reluctance to release new Android Wear hardware? A number of factors: the inability to include an LTE radio without serious trade-offs to battery life and bulk, the fact that Apple has so far been unable to turn the smartwatch industry into a cash machine like it did with smartphones and tablets, and the overall lack of interest from consumers who would rather spend their money on cheaper fitness bands, according to research firm CCS Insight.

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