Lucky user receives test build update on Huawei Watch, brings audio and speaker support

by: Jimmy WestenbergDecember 31, 2015
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Back in November Google announced that Android Wear was gaining support for cellular connectivity, as well as support for speakers and phone calls. These three features were supposed to be the big selling points for LG’s Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, which unfortunately never made it to market due to hardware issues. This meant we never really got the chance to play around with these features and to see how they worked on the Android Wear platform.

With that said, the new version of Android Wear that brings speaker support might not be too far off, according to one lucky user on Reddit. According to the posting, Huawei has sent out an updated build of Wear to Huawei Watch owners enrolled in a special user test group that brings full audio and speaker support. The user’s Huawei Watch received an update to Android Wear build 1.4.0, running atop Android 6.0.1. The user says his device’s speaker is now functional, and he can place and receive phone calls directly from his watch.

The Redditor also confirmed that users are able to select ringtones directly from the watch, enable text-to-speech (which the user claimed was quite annoying), and even play Google Play Music from the watch itself.

We’re not sure when Huawei plans to roll this update out to all Huawei Watch units, but at least we know now that the company is actively testing the next big update. We’ll be sure to update you as we learn more.

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  • sans

    Ugh… I’m hearing more and more reasons to find another watch to replace my quickly aging Moto 360 (1st gen).

    • Visura

      What’s wrong with it?

      • Spencer Walker

        Flat tire

    • robert fish

      You will probably receive this update

      • Dante

        Only 3 devices have speakers till now as known Huawei watch , Zenwatch 2 and the Urbane 2/LtE

  • Dusan

    Good to know. Just bought a Huawei watch after a lot of thought. Was supposed to be delivered yesterday but I was not home. So Monday :/
    Looking forward to looking like a moron to other people when I start talking to my arm :)

    • Marty

      Apple Watch users paved the way for you. You’ll look like an Apple fan… ?

      • Roy

        Actually Samsung users started that trend nearly 3 years ago.

        • Marty

          Wasn’t made popular till Apple did it…pfft. ?

          • Roy

            Lol typical

      • Dante

        why does he look like an apple fan lol

  • s2weden2000

    Huawatch …

    • Lars Jeppesen

      Hawaii Watch

  • Techngro

    I don’t own a Hauwei watch, but have been considering getting one in the next few months. One thing that is making me hesitate is the battery life. I read that it was just average. I wonder what these new features will do to the battery life.

    • Shaun Langenberg

      Im happy to report that I can get 2.5 to 3 days on one charge with my Huawei Watch with light usage. Its really great. Your results may vary though.

    • Lars Jeppesen

      The battery life is very good. I’ve had the watch for 4 months now and absolutely no complaints here.
      Best smart watch by a large margin.