Swarovski Postpones Launch of Android Wear Smartwatch
Swarovski was scheduled to reveal its new Android Wear smartwatch by the end of this month, but the company has delayed those plans.
Robert Buchbauer, a member of the executive board, said in a statement, “Swarovski is simply not ready yet. The postponement was purely driven by Swarovski’s strive for excellence in execution.”
Swarovski has already collaborated with Samsung, Misfit and, most recently, Huawei to create crystal-embellished versions of their smartwatches. However, this new design was the first watch made entirely by Swarovski.
The Huawei and Misfit models are considered hybrid smartwatches because they do not have mobile wallet technology. Samsung’s version is a high-end model, capable of executing certain functions for Samsung Pay.
While the official details of Swarovski’s new smartwatch have yet to be revealed, it will most likely be a hybrid smartwatch, not a high-end smartwatch. Users will be able to see email and text notifications or track fitness activities through their watch. But they will not be able to use NFC technology to pay with Samsung Pay, Android Pay, or similar mobile wallets.