Watches that run Google’s Android Wear software currently lets you view notifications and other information on your wrist while using a touchscreen to navigate. Android Wear watches also have built-in microphones which you can use to speak commands or questions.
But one thing Android Wear doesn’t currently support is a speaker: if you want to listen to music, phone calls, or other audio, you’ll need to pair a Bluetooth speaker with your watch.
Google may have plans to change that though: at least two Android Wear watches that are already on the market have speakers tucked inside their cases. Perhaps a future software update will make those speakers useful?
The Huawei Watch is a premium device with a starting price of $350, while the Asus ZenWatch 2 is a much more affordable device that sells for as little as $130. Clearly speakers aren’t reserved for high-priced hardware.
It also seems unlikely that Asus or Huawei would have included speakers in their watches if they didn’t expect them to be used at some point. So while Android Wear doesn’t currently let you do anything with a speaker, maybe you’ll be able to use your watch as a speakerphone, get spoken responses to your Google Voice Search questions, or even listen to some tunes on your watch in the future.
Speakers won’t be exclusive to Android Wear watches. The Apple Watch has a speaker, as do some of Samsung’s smartwatches with Tizen-based software.