Thursday, September 15, 2016
With Apple about to launch its new Apple Watch Series 2 and revamped Series 1, you'd expect lots of other brands rushing to launch competing smartwatches... but it doesn't seem to be the case, and LG, Huawei and Motorola have already stated they have no plans for new smartwatches in the coming months.
Looks like the interest in Android Wear might be running thin among Google's partners; which is a pity considering the many regular improvements Android Wear has had since it was first announced. It seems that the desire to compete with Apple's Apple Watch isn't that great when it comes to actual sales, and I don't expect it to change till Android Wear smartwatches come down in price (something Google seems to be preventing, as there are many "low-cost" chinese brands waiting to rush to market... but "something" is not letting them.)
Maybe Google has some surprise announcement for October 4th, the date when we'll officially get to know the reasons behind the demise of the Nexus line and the new Pixel smartphones and tablet(s); and maybe Google also has a secret Pixel watch hidden somewhere, ready to throw into the mix and present us a complete range of Pixel devices. Though, due to the lack of rumors, I wouldn't expect it.
I think it would be enough for Google to give the "go ahead" for smaller chinese brands to create their Android Wear devices at sub-$100 prices, and it wouldn't take long for them to easily multiply the current number of Android Wear devices on the market. Sure, it would make life harder for some of Google's partners... but that won't be any different from what's already happening with smartphones and tablets - besides... they won't be able to hold it off forever.