A fan of wearable devices, especially smartwatches? You might be delighted to know that there are a host of new smartwatches coming this year, or at least being unveiled soon. That is because during the upcoming IFA electronics trade show to be held in Berlin, Germany, tech companies such as LG, Motorola, Huawei, and Asus, among many others, will be announcing their newest smartwatch offerings. All of the wearable devices these mobile manufacturers will be announcing will all be powered by Android Wear, the mobile operating system that Google developed specifically for wearable devices.
Android Wear was first announced by Google last year, but so far, a smartwatch running on the OS has yet to become a big hit in the market. This year, Android Wear smartwatches get another chance at lording over the smartwatch market, the same way Android smartphones have ruled the global smartphone market.
More importantly, Android Wear smartwatches need to up their game, considering the success that the Apple Watch is enjoying so far. Since its release, Apple’s smartwatch has now become the most popular wearable device in the world, and in order to compete with that, Android Wear powered smartwatches must now give it all they got.
Among last year’s Android Wear offerings, Motorola’s Moto 360 was one of the stand outs, with its round watch face and use of premium materials such as a metal case and a leather strap. Of course, other smartwatch makers followed suit, perhaps inspired by what Motorola had done. As for Motorola, it is certainly not content with just releasing the Moto 360. As a matter of fact, the company will be announcing a follow up to its current wearable device during this year’s IFA trade show.
Meanwhile, LG also introduced its LG Watch Urbane LTE wearable device back in March early this year. This LG smartwatch was powered by a software system called WebOS, which LG acquired from Hewlett-Packard and used on its own devices. However, the new smartwatch that LG will be releasing this year will be running on Android Wear instead.
Huawei has already enjoyed some success as a seller of smartphones, especially in its native China and in emerging markets, notably in India. But this year, the Chinese mobile giant started to diversify by introducing its first ever smartwatch at the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, Spain earlier this year. Even Asus is cooking up something. Fresh from debuting its ZenWatch 2 wearable device at the Computex trade show held in Taiwan in June earlier this year, the company is expected to reveal more information about the ZenWatch 2 during this year’s IFA trade show.
Samsung will also be joining in on the fun. The South Korean mobile giant will launching its newest smartwatch, the Gear S2, during the IFA trade show. But it should be noted that its latest wearable device offering will be powered by Tizen instead of Android Wear. Tizen is the mobile operating system that Samsung itself developed for some of its mobile devices.
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