A new Huawei smartwatch is on the way, according to a pair of new rumors.
New leaks alleged the company was working on a Huawei Watch 3, suing the brand that ended in 2017.
A tipster on Weibo – spotted by Huawei Central – claimed that the new Huawei Watch 3 will run Harmony OS and have eSIM support.
Those who remember the history of their smartwatch will remember the original Huawei Watch and Watch 2 running Wear OS. However, it looks like the new device will run Harmony OS.
Huawei announced Harmony OS in 2019, its own proprietary operating system, and talked about smartwatches running on the new software. It was born out of its ban on using Android for its smartphones, as part of the ongoing trade dispute in the United States.
At the end of 2020, there was speculation that Huawei intended to release a Harmony OS smartwatch, but unnamed sources then pointed to a 2021 version.
It looks like the Huawei Watch 3 could be that device – and thanks to another Twitter user, we can get an idea of what the UI might look like:
Much of the idea for Harmony OS is about apps and providing a seamless experience on Huawei phones and portable devices. Developers can create an app on Huawei devices, which could inspire big brands to develop a Huawei version of their Android or iOS app.
The company also talked about the seamless transmission of phone-to-watch functions through Harmony OS, such as starting music playback on your smartphone, before leaving it at home and continuing the experience on the smartwatch.
It would be a boost for those who use Huawei’s own handsets (there are a lot of users in China), but also for ordinary smartwatch users, who would have more third-party apps to choose from.
So here’s the confusion. For the past two years, Huawei has used the Watch GT brand and launched the Huawei Watch GT2, GT 2e and GT Pro. And it was successful – and globally, Huawei found itself in second place behind Apple in smartwatch shipments, thanks to a strong performance in China.
The Huawei Watch GT2 line uses LiteOS – but Harmony OS is different.
The company recently licensed third-party app development for LiteOS – but it only has one pilot app at the moment. Lite OS hasn’t received any updates since 2018 either, so it looks like it was just a stopgap until Harmony OS is ready for prime time.
But Harmony OS has big boots to fill. The Huawei Watch GT2 line delivered top-notch health features, excellent performance, and superb two-week battery life. We hope that the switch to Harmony OS will not jeopardize longevity.
So when might we see the aircraft land? Well, there is a rumor about the Huawei P50 smartphone launching in June, which is also expected to run Harmony OS. A reasonable estimate would then be – but we’ll keep you posted.