Huawei Watch GT looks to be ditching Google’s Wear OS platform

Some more details have come through on Huawei’s Watch GT. According to the leaks, it looks like the company has decided to ditch Google’s Wear OS platform in favour of its own operating system.

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We’ve had the first pics of the upcoming Huawei Watch GT last week. The timepiece is expected to come with a round 1.4 AMOLED screen (454 x 454 pixel resolution). In terms of size, it will be fairly large measuring 46.5 mm in diameter but only 10.4 mm thick. Under the hood the wearable has a plethora of fitness tracking sensors, including heart rate, and offers a number of FirstBeat metrics.

Perhaps most interesting of the lot is the battery life. According to leaks Watch GT is expected to come with a 420 mAh Lithium Ion battery. This will keep everything going for up to 14 days with normal use, 7 days in Always On mode and up to 20 hours with GPS switched on. Now this is pretty impressive for a Wear OS watch so we were wondering exactly how Huawei was hoping to achieve this sort of battery life.

According to a report from WinFuture, it looks like the answer the company came up with is to abandon Google’s Wear OS platform in favour of its own. Previous iterations of the Huawei Watch came with Wear OS so many expected the company would continue to support it.

The performance capabilities and features of the mystery operating system are not yet known, nor its support for third-party apps. Its also not clear whether the watch will only work with Huawei phones or if it would play nice with iOS and Android phones as well.

The leak also says the firm will not be using Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor. Instead Huawei has opted to use the ARM Cortex-M4.

It may not be long before we find out all the details. A few sources have mentioned October 16th as a possible launch date for the watch. The company is holding an event in London on this day to unveil its next flagship phone, the Mate 20.

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Marko Maslakovic

Marko founded Gadgets & Wearables in 2014, having worked for more than 15 years in the City of London’s financial district. Since then, he has led the company’s charge to become a leading information source on health and fitness gadgets and wearables.

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