No Android Wear watches from LG, Huawei, Motorola through end of year
While the Nixon Mission goes on sale this season as a water-treading debutante and the ASUS ZenWatch 3 evolves the company’s commercial philosophy on smartwatches, the Android Wear platform will not be further bolstered by three of its major players this year.
CNET has confirmed that LG, Huawei and the Motorola subsidiary of Lenovo will not have new releases until at least 2017. For LG, that leaves the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE as its latest Android wearable, released last November only to be taken from store shelves and re-released this March. Huawei launched its Elegant and Jewel variants of its Watch for Women at CES while Motorola is stuck on its second-generation Moto 360 and Moto 360 Sport. Lenovo delayed its launch plans for a third-generation Moto 360, originally intended for IFA.
LG spokesperson Ken Hong said that the company wanted to “see what sticks” in the market while a Motorola representative is looking out for cellular-connect watches, but “the trade-offs on the product itself” at this point mean it isn’t ready to jump. Huawei is waiting on smaller components to shrink down the necessary puckishness of a smartwatch.