As it chases rival Chinese handset makers Huawei and Lenovo for a spot in the top five, ZTE is planning its own smart watch. The watch is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2014 in China with availability in the second quarter, according to a Monday report from the Wall Street Journal. The watch will have similar features to Samsung’s Galaxy Gear but be lower priced.
Like many previous smart watches, this new model will only be compatible with ZTE handsets, although the company may consider opening up support for other branded phones. I think this is a mistake, one that Samsung and others have made in the past. I understand the idea: If you can create compelling accessories for your line of handsets, you may sell more phones. I’m not sure reality matches up with that expectation, however.
For starters, most smart watches of today do…
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