In recent years, a raft of new smartwatches would launch each fall in time for holiday shopping, but not this time. There were a few fitness-oriented watches released earlier this summer, and some new Fossil watches have started popping up at retail. But where are the big names like Motorola, LG, and Huawei? Cnet has gotten confirmation from all three companies that they won’t be releasing any more watches this year.
Last year, all three companies had shiny new watches ready for the fall season and holidays. Motorola had the much-improved second-gen Moto 360, and Huawei launched the long-awaited Huawei Watch. LG stumbled a bit with the Watch Urbane LTE, which was recalled and relaunched in 2016. It’s not like people buy a ton of smartwatches, but the holiday shopping season seems like one of the few times you’d be guaranteed to move some units.
We still expect Google to release a few of its own Android Wear devices, but the timing is uncertain. If those don’t happen this year, that could mean no more high-profile Android Wear launches until 2017. The Asus ZenWatch 3 is still out there, but the company has yet to announce even a vague launch window. Motorola, LG, and Huawei might be looking to start fresh in 2017 with wearables at CES in January. That’s a pretty wearable-friendly show.