We’ve had previous reports that Huawei did not plan to release an Android wear smartwatch anytime soon. Huawei and Samsung have also been reportedly planning to move away from Android on their smartphones as well, while Huawei does not have a back up plan yet, Samsung is actively developing Tizen.
Amidst this if a new intel out of South Korea emerges claiming that Huawei may be ditching Android Wear that shouldn’t be very surprising. But the fact that Huawei might be going for Tizen OS is a bit surprising.
The report went as far as contributing a specific line to a Samsung rep noting, “Huawei was looking for an OS other than Google’s Android as the US firm had not been very collaborative.” Apparently, Google was not willing to work with Huawei on specific needs they were after, while Samsung reportedly pledged to fully cooperate in having Tizen OS “tailored” for Huawei’s smartwatches.
All the backstage drama aside, it should be noted that officially, on the consumer side, Samsung denies receiving any requests from Huawei to collaborate on a smartwatch, “Samsung has not officially received any request for such collaboration from Huawei yet,” said Samsung spokesperson Lee Won-ho.
Of course, “yet” leaves open much interpretation. It could be that Huawei had just inquired about Samsung’s policies with Tizen, it is of course, open source like Android and Huawei are free to do with it as they please.
Losing Huawei watches to Tizen would be a pretty big blow for Android Wear. The Huawei Watch was one of the few watches which challenged the smartwatch industry to step their style game up.
Android wear is already not in half as good a place as Android, with Apple’s watchOS dominating it almost everywhere, Samsung’s Tizen based watches too are counted as the better counter parts. Even without Huawei, Android wear will still have plenty of options, but if Huawei finds success with Tizen, wouldn’t others follow suit?
via : SamMobile