In the world of portable devices, it looks like you can get great battery life or a decent selection of third-party apps. Huawei watches have so far been solidly in the former camp (unlike Wear OS devices and Apple Watches which are both in the latter). But that is changing, as Huawei now allows third-party apps for its smartwatches.
It’s interesting to wonder if Huawei’s new focus on wearable devices and audio accessories was perhaps, at least in part, driven by its issues with smartphones (stemming from the various bans the U.S. government has imposed on the business). Either way, we’re happy to have another strong competitor in the wearable space, and it’s only destined to get stronger with this new movement.
Huawei created a live proof of concept from a third-party app with a training app for the Watch GT2 Pro called Fitify. The smartwatch app is a companion to the Fitify app for smartphones, available in the Huawei AppGallery. This app has a database of over 900 exercises and over 200 million completed workouts, 10 million users in 170 countries and 18 languages.
The app was created using five integration kits developed by Huawei Mobile Services, and the Chinese company aims to provide “full and comprehensive operational support for any app content providers” who might be interested. by launching applications for its portable devices. Hopefully this means that we will see a lot more third-party apps for Huawei’s various smartwatches soon. A few days ago, we got wind of an app that would let you reply to SMS messages, and now we assume that it used the same tools and that its official launch could be imminent.