Huawei begins to open its operating system for smartwatches: third-party applications can be installed
One of the “handicaps” that smartwatches that do not use WearOS, watchOS or Tizen have is that can’t access third-party apps. It is something we see in the devices of Amazfit, Xiaomi and Huawei, for example, but for Huawei this situation is close to changing, since the Chinese company has begun to open its operating system for wearables, LiteOS, so that they can be installed third-party apps from AppGallery.
At the moment, deployment appears to be limited to Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro already an application, Fitify. This app serves to offer exercise routines and, currently, has more than 10 million users. It is available on Google Play, but also on AppGallery, Huawei’s store and the one that is accessible from their smartphones after the US blockade.
Making LiteOS a more serious competitor
The idea of opening up LiteOS to app developers makes perfect sense, as it would allow Huawei expand your connected ecosystem and give more options to the users of their watches. For the moment, the only app available seems to be Fitify, but it is expected that little by little more apps will arrive that expand the options of smartwatches.
The Fitify team has had to adapt your application using Huawei Mobile Services using up to five integration kits. Fitify is operational in 170 countries, has been translated into 18 languages and has accumulated over 10 million users to its credit. It offers 900 different exercises and, in addition, allows access to weekly training plans and loose routines focused on certain parts of the body.
According to explained Derek Yu, one of the directors of Huawei Consumer Business Group in Europe, “By making Fitify our first third-party application for our wearable products, we are sending a message to the many other developers of high-quality applications. Our wearables are becoming incredibly popular, and you can benefit by being part of Huawei’s AppGallery and the wearables ecosystem. “
The executive also ensures that Huawei’s wearables division has experienced brutal growth in recent months. As he points out, in the third quarter of 2020 they shipped 10.7 million wrist wearables globally, which represents a year-on-year growth of 88.1% and a market share of 19.5%.
For now, we only know that Fitify can be installed on the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro, but we will have to wait to see if the Chinese company decides extend this new strategy to all your wearables. In the same way, it will be necessary to see if more developers are encouraged to adapt their applications to be used in the firm’s smartwatches.
Via | GSMArena