Huawei chief questions Smartwatches

Eric Xu, CEO of Chinese tech firm Huawei has said he doesn’t see the point in smartwatches.

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, he responded to a question about smartphones longevity due to the rise of wearables:

Mr Xu said: “I’ve never figured out why we need to wear smartwatches when everything we need is on our phones….I’m not a man who wears watches, and I’ve never been optimistic about this market.”

Controversial but others have shared a different approach to Smartwatches:

“Smartwatches are a solution looking for a problem, rather than being a game-changer,” Ben Wood, an analyst at tech consultancy CCS Insight told the BBC, adding “2017 is a pivotal year for smartwatches with lots of new launches at the end of this year. That doesn’t guarantee success, but with a lot of them, we’ll see if people want them.”

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