Google’s Best Android Friend

When Huawei Technologies releases a smartwatch later this year, there’s a good chance it won’t catch on. Given Huawei’s little known brand name in many markets around the world, the prospects for its Android-powered watch appear bleaker than those of earlier ones from companies like Motorola Mobility, Samsung Electronics or LG Electronics.

But Google had good reason to customize its Android software for the Huawei watch: it symbolizes how the China-based wireless networking manufacturer has developed a close relationship with Google, one with potential to benefit both companies.

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Of course, having hassle-free Android partners, while a welcome change for Google, doesn’t solve more fundamental problems. Among them: Android isn’t believed to contribute much to Google’s bottom line compared with Google services on PCs and iPhones.

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Google also has talked to Huawei about making its upcoming watch work with the iPhone, as Google looks to make Android Wear devices compatible with iOS.