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User Receives Test Build Update for Huawei Watch, Brings Speaker Support

It appears that soon, once testing is complete, Huawei will send out an update to owners of the Huawei Watch, bringing with it full audio speaker support. According to one user on reddit, his Huawei Watch, which is apparently enrolled in a special user test group, received an update to Android Wear build 1.4.0, running on Android 6.0.1. Once updated, he confirmed that the device’s speaker is now fully functional, as well as the ability to place and receive phone calls.

This added ability is no shocker, as Google announced support for speakers and phone calls back in mid November. However, the one Android Wear smartwatch that was scheduled to launch which offered these features, the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, was canceled.

The redditor notes that users can choose ringtones for incoming calls, enable text-to-speech (which they found quite annoying), and will continue digging to see if there are any more hidden goodies inside of the update.

We have no idea as to when this update will roll out to all Huawei Watch owners, but if it is in testing already, then we must be close.

Via: reddit
  • Other than the Huawei watch, are there other Android Wear devices out there with a built-in speaker?

  • David

    Well, this was the tie breaker. My wife bought me this watch and I was trying to decide whether to keep it or trade it in for the Moto 360 2nd Gen. Having speaker support is the final tie breaker.

    • Spencer Walker

      And no flat tire welcome Huawei brother

      • David

        Truth be told, I have a 1st Gen Moto 360. The flat tire doesn’t bother me much. I’ll admit that the screen looks nicer without it, especially with light colored watch faces, but I really didn’t mind the flat tire all that much.

        • Mech_Engr_09

          I think the moto looks better than the hauwei watch. And the flat tire does serve a purpose.

  • Cole Cawtuh

    Edit: Sorry for this being so long, I just had a lot to comment on.

    My first Android Wear purchase will be when the device I like has NFC. Using Android Pay on your smart watch would actually be smart and futuristic. The Apple Watch got it right on its first gen model with NFC. That’s the only thing in my opinion that Apple has over Android Wear, but that’s not Google’s fault since there isn’t a Nexus-esque Android Wear, even though pretty much every Android Wear watch is stock/vanilla android since Google doesn’t allow OEM’s to customize Wear like they do with Android they let them add watch faces. I bet if Google ever comes out with a device that they designed with an OEM that it will have NFC and at least one raise the bar feature.

  • Ryan Clayton

    Very interesting. I picked one of these up after Christmas and I’ve been trying to decide if I want to keep it. I do like the device but it doesn’t feel like I need it. I wasn’t struggling with using my phone and this is really just an extension of the phones notification shade.

    But…I like the idea of ringtones on it. Partly because the vibrate is so weak on this watch, I hardly feel it. Yes, I’m using Feel The Wear which helps a bit.

    Hope this comes out soon. I have until Jan 15th to return it.

  • MichaelFranz

    Isn’t that a Moto 360 in the Article headline picture?? With the Chamfered bezel??

    This is awesome news. This was a main selling point for me to select a huawei watch as my wear device. I was sold on Moto because of Motomaker but knowing it did not have a speaker after finding out the Huawei did kinda pushed me away from it. now if only we can get an update.zip 🙂

  • MichaelFranz

    Isn’t that a moto 360 on the article headline… The chamfered bezel

    Very glad I got the Huawei watch now

    • kerrhome

      Nope that’s the gold Huatch. Only one with chamfered bezel and released well after the rest.

      • MichaelFranz

        ahhhh ok, didnt know that. I guess since the gold model was too rich for my blood i never bothered looking lol

        • kerrhome

          Waaaaay to rich for my blood too 🙂 Can’t see paying that much for a watch that doesn’t have NFC, which I see as the one remaining component we need for a long lasting smart watch.

  • Stabby McKnifington

    I want an old school chain smart watch that I can attach and put in my pocket. Bigger screen would be nice plus you could put pretty big speakers in it for notifications. The kicker would being able to make and receive calls from it as well. If you made the screen nice enough you could probably watch movies on it also.

    Would be perfect for those moments you just have to make a call, respond to a notification, or watch a movie – but don’t have the time to pull your phone out.

  • Jeff “BIG RED”

    Cool feature. Looking at my moto 360 2nd gen and asking when?

    • Jared Denman

      You’ll be looking indefinitely then….

  • CabbageHeadCat.

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  • Ryan N

    I’m still more excited for Gen 3 wear devices…

  • CabbageHeadCat.

    Why is Elian Gonzalez selling credit cards on this page? Lol.

    This definitely gives me pause to rethink my pnding purchase of the TAG. But probably not. But maybe. Well see.

    • Ryan N

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    • Cole Cawtuh

      Pardon me but who is Elian?

  • yankeesusa

    If the zen watch 2 gets this feature then the $149 price tag is even better.

    • Guest

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      • Spencer Walker

        Not sure if you are being sarcastic but the zen watch 2 has speakers so it’ll get updated the sane way Huawei watch dud eventually

      • Nunya

        RUSH: you can’t get something for nothing…you can’t have freedom for free…Fuck CrApple..