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Here’s how your Huawei smart wearable devices protects your personal data out from attackers

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Alongside smartphones, Huawei also steps feet into wearable segments and continuously releasing new smartwatches, bands, and more with the latest capabilities. As of now, Huawei smart wearable devices are becoming hot items because of their offerings.

With just a smartwatch and wristband, users can track their heart rate, steps climbed, calories burned, and many other fitness and health indicators. It shows that there is much highly personal information and sensitive health data of users generated by their wearable is stored in it.

But, if you lost your watch or band and it is very risky for the device owner. If your data is not properly protected so it can easily be exploited by a malicious actor.

In this equation, Hauwei always worried about user’s data security and has long been committed to protecting user data. By integrating Huawei wearables with a wide range of privacy protection solutions into its software, hardware, as well as smart ecosystem.

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And since entering the wearable market, it has bolstered its smartwatches and bands with the following features:

  • New lock screen feature
  • Secure connection and data transfer via Bluetooth
  • Hierarchical protection for personal data
  • Secure and manageable personal data collection
  • Strict third-party app permission management
  • Wrap-up

Let’s take a deep look at these features:

1. New lock screen feature

Most brand smartwatches don’t support lock function, which means that anyone who gets their hands on it could read your data, simply by waking up the screen. But, the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro, the company’s latest flagship watch, has added a long-awaited lock screen feature in its latest update to properly address this issue. The watch now automatically locks the screen when you take it off, and requires you to enter the 6-digit password you’ve set to unlock it.

2. Secure connection and data transfer via Bluetooth

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Huawei has implemented strict measures to ensure that Bluetooth-enabled connections and data transfers between Huawei’s wearables and the Huawei Health app are safe and secure. For instance, when a new watch is added in Huawei Health, the app requires you to manually confirm the addition on the watch to prevent unknown devices from connecting to your wearables. In addition, high-risk personal data is encrypted when transferred via Bluetooth.

3. Hierarchical protection for personal data

Huawei Health classifies and manages data on your Huawei phone, according to different security tiers, with different corresponding encryption methods for each. For instance, highly sensitive health information (such as blood sugar, cholesterol, and pressure levels) is protected with file-level encryption, and this data cannot be accessed when the phone screen is locked.

All health-related data is stored safely in encrypted databases, which are protected with security keys. These keys are randomly generated to ensure that you won’t share the same certificate with other users. They are further encrypted by additional security safeguards to prevent the data from leaking.

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Fitness data (including your total steps, distance traveled, calories burned, workout routes, and VO2Max) and personal information (including your account details, height, and weight) are stored and protected in Huawei Health’s privacy sandbox, using the AES CBC 256 encryption algorithm.

4. Secure and manageable personal data collection

The Huawei Health app gives you complete control over data sharing and authorization. You can manage your own data under Me > Privacy management after logging in to the app with your Huawei ID. You also have the right to determine whether to sync your data to Cloud, as well as what data can be shared with third-party apps, and what permissions are granted locally in Huawei Health.

Huawei Health comes with a feature named Dynamic Tracking, which allows you to record a video of your outdoor workout routes. You may have been concerned that your location or other personal data would be obtained or tracked by others when you post a video on social media, but you can rest assured now that you decide exactly which information is included in workout route videos.

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If you would prefer to keep where you’ve been or where you’re going as private information, you can choose not to disclose your GPS location in the video. You can also create videos with different map styles to present an image and video-based map display that’s not an actual GPS map. Thanks to these features, Huawei Health enables you to freely share your fitness journey with friends and family, without having to worry that your personal data could be misused.

5. Strict third-party app permission management

Due to the rapid surge in the number of health-related apps, Huawei has implemented a rigorous screening process for all third-party apps that the company works with to guarantee optimal data security. Your personal data can only be accessed by a third-party app after you’ve provided explicit consent for it to do so, and you have the right to be involved in the data collection process. All phone permissions granted to the apps, notably access permission, will be terminated, as soon as they no longer work with Huawei.

6. Wrap-up

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Huawei has already adopted groundbreaking privacy protection technologies to safeguard your personal data and will continue to work tirelessly to enhance its wearables, for better, and more secure digital health management.

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Most of Deng Li's smartphones are from the Huawei ecosystem and his first Huawei phone was Ascend Mate 2 (4G). As a tech enthusiast, he keeps exploring new technologies and inspects them closely. Apart from the technology world, he takes care of his garden.

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Huawei Watch GT Runner gets 2.1.0.201 update in China

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Huawei Watch GT Runner 2.1.0.201

Huawei’s latest special smartwatch for runners – Huawei Watch GT Runner began collecting the first software update with version 2.1.0.201 in the Chinese market. This smartwatch comes with a variety of professional sports equipment connections and HarmonyOS support.

Huawei Watch GT Runner 2.1.0.201 firmware update brings optimization for system stability, which helps the system to run more stable. Besides this, the company has not improved or added any new feature to the watch.

On the other hand, Huawei also debuted this watch in the global market. So, runners across the globe can take the advantage of special features such as a scientific running program, accurate real-time heart-rate monitoring, marathon runway-level locating.

Huawei Watch GT Runner 2.1.0.201

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New Software update information:

New Version:

  • Huawei Watch GT Runner version getting 2.1.0.201 (C00M01)

Changelog:

  • System: Optimizes system stability in some scenarios

Update Note:

  • Do not disconnect the Bluetooth connection during the update. 
  •  If the update fails, try again.
  • It may take a while to update the wearable. 
  • Wait until the progress indicator on the device indicates the end of the process.
  • If you have problems using the device, call the Huawei customer service line or visit a Huawei customer service center.

Update Steps:

To update your Huawei Watch GT Runner firmware, please head towards your phone with the Huawei Health app. Find your connected device inside the app, tap on the device, select your Watch name and proceed toward the update section. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Huawei Watch GT 2 Runner:

Huawei Watch GT Runner sports comes with a 1.43 inch AMOLED touch screen with 466 x 466p HD resolution and supports slide as well touch gestures. It comes with a case size of 46mm and weighs around 38.5g. This smartwatch for runners is suitable for wrist sizes between 140-210mm and uses durable polymer fiber material as well as a silicone strap. However, it is available in Grey color.

Coming to the software system, it supports devices running HarmonyOS 2, Android 6, iOS 9.0, and above versions. In terms of connectivity, it supports Bluetooth, NFC, and GNSS. Also, it offers 4GB of memory, 14 days of battery life.

Talking about features, Huawei Watch GT Runner is launched with hidden floating external antenna to achieve dual-frequency five start precise positioning, route sharing, and trajectory return, which helps runners to experience interesting and safe sports activities.

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Huawei Watch GT 2e gets new third-party support via November 2021 update

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Huawei Watch GT 2e November update

Huawei Watch GT 2e is receiving November 2021 firmware update that brings support for more third-party apps, which can be downloaded from AppGallery. Additionally, this latest update also optimizes the stability of the system to increase the overall performance.

According to updated information, the November 2021 update for Huawei Watch GT 2e installs the new firmware version 11.0.14.25, which follows up on the base build number 11.0.14.17SP1. To be mentioned, this update is available for beta Watch GT 2e beta participates in China and soon roll out for all users.

Talking about the changes, the Watch GT 2e can add more third-party applications to their smartwatch from AppGallery such as Heart Health monitoring apps that can be measured by measuring watch Heart health-related data and more.

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Huawei Watch GT 2e November update

Huawei Watch GT 2e firmware update:

New Version:

  • Huawei Watch GT 2e version grabs 11.0.14.17SP1 from 11.0.14.25

Changelog:

  • Apps: Support installation of a wealth of third-party apps from AppGallery and can download Heart Health monitoring apps that can be measured by measuring watch Heart health-related data.
  • System: Optimizes system stability in some scenarios

Update Instruction:

To update your Watch GT 2e firmware, please head towards your phone with the Huawei Health app. Find your connected device inside the app, tap on the device, select your Watch name and proceed toward the update section. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Remember:

  • Do not disconnect the Bluetooth connection during the update. 
  •  If the update fails, try again.
  • It may take a while to update the wearable. 
  • Wait until the progress indicator on the device indicates the end of the process.
  • If you have problems using the device, call the Huawei customer service line or visit a Huawei customer service center.

Huawei Watch GT 2e:

Huawei Watch GT 2e launched with 1.39 inch AMOLED display with 454 x 454 resolution, weigh 43g, 4GB memory, supports Bluetooth 5.1 and 14 days long-lasting battery. It arrives in three color options: Graphite Black, Lava Red, and Mint Green.

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Huawei Watch Fit New getting 1.1.0.38 firmware update in China

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Huawei Watch Fit New 1.1.0.38

Huawei Watch Fit New is the upgraded variant of the standard Watch Fit, which is now receiving a new firmware 1.1.0.38 update in China. This smartwatch offers NFC functionality, 97 sports modes, and much more convenient features.

The latest 1.1.0.38 update for Huawei Watch Fit New brings optimizations for the system stability in some scenarios. These changes will surely help the Watch Fit users in the workout session and improve the overall user experience.

A few days ago, Huawei Watch Fit has also received these same changes with version 1.0.6.6 on the ground buy it includes the skipping rope, which can monitor the number of skipping ropes, the number of jumps, heart rate, and calorie consumption, and other sports data.

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Huawei Watch Fit New:

Huawei Watch Fit adopts a 1.64-inch display with 2.5D domed glass but it offers two watchcase sizes with 130–210 mm and 110–190 mm circumference. It offers 97 workout modes, extensive battery life of 10 days, and health features such as heart rate measurement, SpO2 monitoring, etc.

The watch is compatible with the device on HarmonyOS 2, Android 6.0 and above; iOS 9.0 and above, has Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, 5ATM waterproof supports, GPS, and NFC support. Meanwhile, it packs a 180 mAh battery capacity with magnetic charging support. (Know more)

Update Steps:

To update your Watch Fit New firmware, please head towards your phone with the Huawei Health app. Find your connected device inside the app, tap on the device, select your Watch name and proceed toward the update section. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Points to know:

  • Do not disconnect the Bluetooth connection during the update. 
  •  If the update fails, try again.
  • It may take a while to update the wearable. 
  • Wait until the progress indicator on the device indicates the end of the process.
  • If you have problems using the device, call the Huawei customer service line or visit a Huawei customer service center.
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