Smartwatches currently are a great companion to the phone, behaving more like an extended interface. In case, if a smartwatch and phone are not in proximity, the smartwatch will behave more like a limited fitness tracker. That is a major setback and leaves no point of having a “smart” device. The incoming generations of 4G supported smartwatches are set to change this.
We now have devices which have a sim slot, automatically connect to a network and update notifications, messages, and alerts. By this, we don’t have to forcefully use a smartphone if we don’t want to. Many smartwatches can make and receive calls, just like a phone. They also let you browse the web, though the small display. Standalone smartwatch models often provide the best of both worlds, and will work with a paired phone too.
Huawei Watch 2
The Huawei Watch 2 was launched at MWC, with its 4G-supported version; users can make/receive calls or send messages without pairing with a smartphone. Users can also easily get rid off the extra burden and leave their mobile phone at home and go running or cycling, the credit goes to its independent mobile connectivity and a built-in GPS chip. To assure a clear and good quality telephone experience, it comes with VoLTE support and dual-mic noise elimination and to establish a proper signal reception and make it compact they have integrated the antennae on the upper watch case for dual 4G, Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC and Bluetooth in the device which remarkably strengthens connectivity.
They also have an eSIM version available in limited countries. The carriers supporting a one-number multi-SIM service allows the watch and your mobile phone to share the same number which means there is no need for a new number. It runs on new Android Wear 2.0 for connectivity for both iOS and Android users. Their innovative design with extra connectivity comes does not outcast the quality.
Android Wear 2.0
Last year, Google came up its biggest update to the Android Wear platform since its launch. Wear 2.0 has new features, simplified design, and for all you know most importantly more ways it can function independently of your phone. Android Wear 2.0’s has a new function which supports LTE which again means not giving up your connectivity if you don’t have your phone with you, it still lets you receive notifications, look up a map, send and receive message ,make phone call or track your activity.
Apple Watch Series 3
The Apple Watch Series 2 didn’t make the cut in cellular connectivity, which so far has been exclusively Bluetooth/Wi-Fi connected. As we saw Android Wear watches have already introduced feature LTE for cellular connectivity, but Apple is taking its time to catch up.
Once the Apple Watch Series 3 introduces LTE connectivity, it would be more capable of working independent of the iPhone. However with the blend of GPS and LTE , users will get the chance to entirely leave their iPhone behind along with staying relatively connected and this would make the workouts easier and as well as navigation and other features without having to carry an iPhone all the time
But Apple’s competitors have a little advantage in this area as Android Wear 2.0 has introduced several features to unchain watches from phones.
A smartwatch working independently of a phone might have a shot at finally being important. One big challenge for smartwatch developers is to not see the device only as an accessories, but to realize it’s worth in growing technology and then explore its untapped potential.