From:Androidheadlines By:Tom Dawson
It’s been an interesting couple of years for smartwatches, with Google getting involved last year with Android Wear, Samsung upping their game and increasingly better-looking hardware coming from all corners of the market. Android Wear is now an established platform, and there have been new releases from Pebble, Samsung and a host of others looking to offer something different. Android Wear has spread to devices from ASUS, Sony and even Huawei and these watches work with whichever Android device you own (so long as you’re running Android 4.3 and above) and even Samsung have followed suit. Not of all these fancy little computers are the same of course, and there can be only one winner for our 2015 award for the Best Smartwatch.
Winner – Huawei Watch
Huawei is a name that some of you might not have ever heard of, but they’re definitely more known for their affordable smartphones out of China than they are anything else. Which is why the Huawei Watch is even more surprising than it otherwise would have been, it’s a smartwatch from a Chinese manufacturer that manages to “out-watch” others looking to make a watch-first, gadget-second. It’s definitely on the larger side of things, but with some really nice strap options and a few color options the Huawei Watch is a real-looker. With a fully-circular display with a high-resolution, it looks nice and sharp, and Huawei added quite a few custom watch faces to their first Android Wear device. In fact, Huawei seems to be one of the few manufacturers that took watch faces seriously, even Fossil and TAG Heuer had 3 or 4 to offer buyers of their expensive smartwatches running Android Wear. We reviewed the Huawei Watch not too long ago, and the only gripe that we had with it was that the charger could be better for something at this price point. Overall though, the Huawei Watch is a well-presented piece of hardware that runs Android Wear nice and smoothly. With all the features that you’d expect, and a build that goes against what we’ve come to expect from Huawei their first Android Wear watch is the best of the year. It might not be one of the best where sports are concerned, but then again considering all these watches are similarly priced would you want to risk breaking such an investment? Where all-round performance, battery life, good looks and even value-for-money are concerned, the Huawei Watch nails it and people shouldn’t be disappointed by what Huawei have put together.
Nexus 6P has won widespread recognition among many technology media and consumers. According to Prisjakt, the biggest searching engine in Sweden, Nexus 6P has been listed as No.1 in the Top Heat Mobile Board for ten consecutive days. Thanks to its excellence in both hardware and software, Nexus 6P was given five media awards in Sweden.
The Nexus 6P is a near universal hit. It's got the size — both in terms of display real estate and in the fact that it's also thin and therefore doesn't feel as big as you might expect. It's got the specs. It's got a camera we're happy to use.
In Beijing on Huawei’s media tour, we got the chance to speak with Eric Fang who is the vice president of Huawei’s R&D in the US, regarding the Nexus 6P. Which he was, for the most part, in charge of developing. Fang told us how it was his dream to work with Google on a Nexus device, and here we are with a Huawei-made Nexus in the Nexus 6P. During the group interview, we also asked about some of the difficulties in making the Nexus 6P and cooperating with Google.
Leading up to the Nexus 6P launch in September, many media outlets were reporting that the relationship between Huawei and Google was to help Huawei become better known in the US, and help Google re-enter China. Which it famously exited in 2010, due to not playing well with the Chinese government censorship laws. While half of that is true, the Nexus 6P is helping Huawei build a reputation in the US as well as exposing more people to their brand (whether that was the entire goal of building a Nexus with Google or not), Huawei made it clear today in Beijing that they were not being used as a vehicle to help Google with their re-entering of China.