Huawei‘s latest wearable is one of our top recommendations for those who are looking for a smartwatch with a premium look and feel as well as extra-long battery life.
It’s also one of the most accurate fitness watches we’ve used, and supports more than 100 workout modes, both indoor and outdoor. One of our biggest gripes with the Huawei Watch GT 3, though, is that unlike the Watch 3, the GT variant doesn’t allow you to send emojis and quick replies to messages, meaning you still have to bring up your phone if you need to respond to an urgent message.
But not anymore. Huawei has rolled out a new update to the Watch GT 3 that gives the device the ability to directly send emojis and short replies to your Facebook Messenger, Telegram, and WhatsApp contacts when connected to an Android phone.
You can customize preset replies on the Huawei Health app to give them a more personal touch or if you simply prefer the local dialect to English. The OTA update, which comes in at a relatively hefty 293MB, also lets you use the rotating crown to adjust the media volume.
We already downloaded and installed the update on our Watch GT 3 unit, so if you live in the Philippines, chances are it’s available on your wearable, too. Do note that you might need to update your Huawei Health app first before upgrading your smartwatch; we didn’t need to, in case you’re wondering.
In the Philippines, the Huawei Watch GT 3 starts at P9,999 (around $195) for the 42mm model, while the 46mm version is priced at P12,999 ($253). The fitness-focused Watch GT Runner with an antibacterial silicone strap costs P13,999 ($272).
Our Huawei Watch GT 3 review video, where we detailed one of our gripes. We’re happy that has already been addressed
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