Android Wear has become increasingly popular among wearables as it improves itself — and due to the release of the anticipated Android Wear 2.0, the updated firmware and software in compatible smartwatches are better than ever.
Some of the veteran manufacturers of wearables are setting up to release their second and third generation watches — with new brands and unique projects being started, the ecosystem of the smartwatch industry has remained fresh and innovative.
Who is the Latest Smartphone Manufacturer to Enter the Wearable Tech World?
ZTE has decided that they are going to expand their products from smartphones to include wearables in 2017. Via the “ZTE Quartz,” this company has given away some of their design features in places that eagle eyed tech enthusiasts have learned to look — certifications and patents.
Recently, the ZTE Quartz (under the model number: ZW10) has been spotted getting their Bluetooth certification. While the ZTE Quartz’s technical specifications and features as a wearable are still largely unknown, we do know that thanks to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), that the following is likely to be featured:
- Round Face Design
- UMTS 3G Cellular Connectivity
- Compatibility with Android 4.3 and up & iOS 8.2 and up
…and unfortunately, that’s all we really know. However, we can speculate that their Quartz smartwatch will feature things like a touch display, Android OS (Android Wear 2.0), call making and receiving abilities, and activity and health tracking features.
How do we know this?
Well, at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain, ZTE released two activity trackers that were smart devices but did not feature a full platform. Called the Venus 1 and Venus 2, these smart trackers were testing the waters in terms of ZTE’s abilities, and it stands to reason that a full smartwatch like the ZTE Quartz will also feature health and fitness tracking, touch capability, and Android Wear 2.0.
As we mentioned before, ZTE is a phone manufacturer, and they have already (and confusingly) named a smart device the “Quartz.” However, it is an Android 4.3 Jelly Bean-powered smartphone, with a 5.5-inch display screen. This is how we know that the new smartwatch will be compatible with Android 4.3 at least.
In addition, since the Android Wear 2.0 update supports Android Pay, we wonder if the new Quartz will try and make the best impression it can and feature this method of paying via smartwatch.
We will keep an eye on the ZTE Quartz as they debut the more advanced Quartz smartwatch at the Mobile World Congress of 2017 (MWC 2017), which will be held in Barcelona from February 27th to March 2nd.
In addition to the ZTE Quartz, Huawei is expected to show off the Huawei Watch 2.