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Roaring HarmonyOS watch growth is potential threat to Wear OS, Samsung!

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Huawei’s HarmonyOS smartwatch is growing quite fast in China. Counterpoint Research, in its latest report, predicts that Huawei smartwatch sales will further grow in the country, seizing a whopping 61% market share in 2024, up from 48% last year.

Whenever Huawei grows, it comes as a red alert for global tech titans like Apple and Samsung. As the company now has its own operating system, Google is also on the list of affected vendors. HarmonyOS is also aiming to cross China’s boundaries right after reaching the app ecosystem milestone.

Samsung and Google’s collaboration continues to benefit the Wear OS ecosystem. Whether it’s Watch OS Format or third-party app support, both companies are effectively investing in the ecosystem. Meanwhile, Huawei’s growth in Europe would hurt Samsung, Apple and Google too.

Huawei’s HarmonyOS-powered smartwatches are popular in China. Local consumers who don’t prefer Apple’s watchOS opt for HarmonyOS watch rather than Google’s Wear OS. Apart from innovations, this growth is powered by the sentiments of Chinese citizens.

Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro

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Last year, the overall HarmonyOS shipments grew almost 2x, surpassing Apple’s WatchOS. HarmonyOS’ shipment share is further estimated to reach 61% in China in 2024, up from 48% in 2023, Counterpoint Research report highlights.

The report predicts growth for the entire smartwatch ecosystem including Wear OS and WatchOS. However, Huawei’s resurgence is a potential threat to Google’s Wear OS and Samsung’s Galaxy Watch segment – the same way as HarmonyOS Vs Android smartphones.

Huawei is pushing the boundaries of innovation with next-gen features in wearables. The company’s recent smartwatch offers a satellite SOS feature, which is one of its kind in the industry. At the same time, HarmonyOS is smart, smooth, and fluid that readily attracts users.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 may launch soon, gains Indonesian certification

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Samsung may launch a new smartwatch lineup at next month’s Unpacked event. Meanwhile, Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Watch 7 gained Indonesia Telecom Certification. It confirms that the smartwatch is coming to the Indonesian market, following its debut at Unpacked.

Indonesia Telecom reveals that Galaxy Watch 7 carries model number SM-L300. The smartwatch will be available in four variants; with different sizes and networks. Model numbers SM-L300 and SM-L310 correspond to WiFi-only, while SM-L305 and SM-L315 could be LTE connectivity variants.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 Indonesia Telecom Certificate

The certification doesn’t reveal any specs or features besides the model number. However, previous reports revealed that the Watch 7 will support 15W wireless charging. The company’s first 3nm Exynos chip will also be used to enhance power efficiency and performance.

Galaxy Watch Ultra

Besides Standard and Classis, Samsung will launch its first Galaxy Watch Ultra at the event. The smartwatch will have a Watch 5 Pro-like big battery for long-lasting use. It will have more advanced dust and water resistance capabilities for sea divers.

The Ultra model would have a more robust build design, featuring the same circular battery but inside a squarish frame. The Korean tech giant aims to compete with Apple’s Watch Ultra product lineup by bringing the Ultra variant to its own Galaxy Watch lineup.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds 3, Buds 3 Pro clear BIS hurdle

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Samsung’s new earbuds are coming next month. Ahead of the launch, Samsung Galaxy Buds 3 and Buds 3 Pro have been spotted on the BIS database. The listing indicates that the company is preparing to launch these products in the Indian market soon.

As spotted on BIS (via MySmartPrice), Samsung Galaxy Buds 3 and Buds 3 Pro carry model numbers SM-R530 and SM-R630, respectively. Before the earbuds, the Galaxy Z Flip 6, Z Fold 6, Watch 7, Watch Ultra, and Watch FE appeared on the BIS certification site.

Earlier, the Galaxy Buds 3 Pro’s promotional image was leaked. The asset revealed a major design change, making it look identical to Apple’s AirPods. The next-gen Galaxy Buds will likely have an improved calling experience, longer battery life, and enhanced ANC.

Samsung Galaxy Buds 3 Pro

As you can see in the image, the Galaxy Buds 3 Pro features a stem similar to AirPods. The stem will likely have Blade Lights, which could indicate various things. The Galaxy Buds 3’s design still remains a mystery, which we expect to be solved this week.

Previous reports revealed that the Galaxy Buds 3 Pro will be equipped with a dual-driver design, Bluetooth v5.4, 24-bit 96KHz audio transmission, Adaptive ANC, Adaptive EQ, Ambient Sound, up to 30 hours battery life, and IP57 rating.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch FE release date allegedly revealed

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Samsung is rumored to launch an FE-branded smartwatch, but when? While Samsung refrained from revealing the Galaxy Watch FE release date, a tipster claims that it’s arriving on June 24. It means the Watch FE is coming two weeks ahead of the July Unpacked.

The Galaxy Watch FE release date would be June 24 claims a new rumor. The smartwatch is equipped with the same hardware as the Galaxy Watch 4. Naturally, the gadget will ship with the latest Wear OS 4-based One UI 5 Watch operating system.

At the July Unpacked, the South Korean tech giant may launch three more Galaxy smartwatches. This year, the wearable segment may add Watch 7, Watch  7 Classic, and Watch Ultra. Overall, Samsung is preparing to ship four smartwatch models to the Galaxy Watch line in 2024.

Apart from Galaxy Watch, Samsung will introduce the Galaxy Z Fold 6, Galaxy Z Flip 6, Galaxy Ring, Galaxy Buds 3, and Galaxy Buds 3 Pro. As many new devices are already in the queue to launch at next month’s Unpacked, the Watch FE may get an early launch.

However, it’s not a confirmed date as it arrived from a tipster’s X post. As soon as Samsung officially confirms the Watch FE release date, we will let you know. Are you wondering about buying the upcoming Fan Edition smartwatch? Feel free to share with us through social media.

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