Huawei is rolling out some pretty big software updates for its Watch GT 2 and Watch GT 2e series smartwatches, which bring features from its GT 3 and Watch 3 watches, including the ability to download third-party apps.
For owners of a 42mm or 46mm Huawei Watch GT 2 or the Watch GT 2e, you’re looking for version number 18.104.22.168 as the update that brings these latest features, which appear to be rolling out in China in first and we hope that it will soon also be in other countries.
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As for the landing, all watches will have access to Huawei’s App Market to download third-party apps and will now have its Auto Navi map app (China only) preloaded.
There are new health and sports features with sunrise and sunset views now added, the ability to see pace intervals during runs, support for connecting watches to sports equipment (in China only) and you can now keep the screen in always-on mode when tracking workouts to see real-time stats without waking the screen.
Huawei is also adding its heart health research app and bringing female health tracking support here as well.
To download the March update, you’ll need to go to the Huawei Health companion phone app, select your paired device, then select the firmware update to check if it’s available.
These are pretty big new features for Huawei’s older generation watches, which run on the same HarmonyOS operating system, which officially debuted on the Huawei Watch 3 and has since appeared on the Huawei Watch GT. 3 and the Huawei Watch GT Runner.
While it’s great to see this access to the App Store, we’d actually say the new sports features are the real win here. Much of what you get on the sports tracking front on the GT 3 and Watch 3 is already on the GT 2 series. The addition of the ability to view real-time stats without waking the screen in particular will make the already solid sporty smartwatch even better.
You can hunt down the Watch GT 2 and Watch GT 2e for well under $200/£100, although it’s a little harder to find in the US given Huawei’s ongoing trade issues.
As mentioned, it looks like the March update will be available in China first, so hopefully it will soon appear in Huawei’s Health app further down the line.
Via: Huawei Center