Huawei has hurried to increase its native app retailer however one of many newest additions to the App Gallery additionally ushers within the adoption of third-party app help on its smartwatches for the primary time (exterior of China, not less than).
Up till this level, one of many underlying weaknesses of Huawei’s smartwatches has been their incompatibility with third-party apps and companies. It is a wanted trait that is notably helpful for fitness-centric customers who may need to synchronise the health knowledge that their smartwatch information with their exercise monitoring app or service of selection.
The App Gallery itself has supported third-party apps from the start and with the corporate’s troubles within the face of the US Entity Listing, it is working onerous to convey experiences already well-liked on the Google Play Retailer to its personal App Gallery, which these days contains the likes of TikTok, Snapchat, ExpressVPN and Microsoft Workplace.
It is health app Fitify that makes its debut as the primary third-party app to run on a Huawei smartwatch. Fitify was already out there on each the Google Play and Apple App Shops, and in each instances provided wearable help for Put on OS and Apple Watches respectively, making it a very good match for Huawei’s App Gallery and wearables too.
At launch, Fitify is simply supported by the corporate’s newest Lite OS-powered smartwatch – the Huawei Watch GT 2 Professional – which arrived in September, final 12 months.
There is no phrase but on whether or not third-party app help will even lengthen to different members of Huawei’s Watch GT 2 line or certainly different gadgets in Huawei’s wearable catalogue (or within the case of Honor, gadgets launched earlier than its cut up from Huawei).
One of many greatest unknowns in introducing third-party app help – other than which different builders are more likely to make use of this new avenue of distribution – is how they may have an effect on the GT 2 Professional’s battery life.
Like all of Huawei’s Lite OS smartwatches, the GT 2 Professional delivers spectacular longevity for what’s a fully-featured, sensor-packed smartwatch. In our overview, it lasted two days in need of Huawei’s quoted 14-day-life-per-charge, however that also trumps something that the common Put on OS or WatchOS-powered timepiece can ship.
Permitting third-parties to run on-watch apps that make use of the GT 2 Professional’s varied sensors, to not point out push and pull knowledge to and from a linked smartphone, will undoubtedly increase the wearable’s performance however will even place an undefined toll on the Professional’s battery life; how extreme that toll shall be will relies on the app, the use case and the ruleset Huawei defines for energy administration the place third-party companies are involved.
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