SHENZHEN: Huawei plans to release a smartwatch device in two to three years, to compete with existing wearable technology from brands such as Samsung and Sony, but has admitted it is someway behind its rivals in this area of the market.
Shao Yang, vice president of marketing for Devices at Huawei, said the firm would be releasing its own wearable technology offerings, but admitted it had a lot more research to do before it would be ready to do so.
"We have this research, but first we have a lot of things to do, so we must do it gradually. In maybe two or three years you will see something from Huawei, but this is not our main direction for now," he said, during an event attended by V3 in China.
"We hope to build the foundations with the brand, improve our user experience, user interface, and then we can move on. If we really want to design an amazing revolutionary experience, it won't be easy from our current research."
Shao said that because of tough competition, work in the hardware sphere would be the firm's priority for the next two years and that designing innovative new products from scratch would come later.
He said: "The only way to sell – especially overseas – is to develop something different that can be better than others. For the device part, we are following three steps to achieve this target. Step one is hardware. If you look at Huawei's devices, most of the innovation comes from the hardware, for example we have the [Ascend] D2, which is the most powerful, the P2 is the fastest and the P6 is the slimmest. This year and next year our focus is hardware.
"The next step is software, then we will have more revolutionary innovations – we can see the watch, we can see the ring, we can see everything."
Samsung announced the Galaxy Gear smartwatch in September and Sony unveiled its Smartwatch 2 earlier this year, while there have been strong rumours that Apple is planning to launch an iWatch in the future.
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