Asus set to ditch Android Wear for another smartwatch OS with better battery life
Taiwanese phone maker Asus created a mild storm on Monday when the outfit made announcements concerning its next smartwatch. If you can recall, the company launched a wearable at the 2014 IFA which they called the ZenWatch. The ZenWatch went on to launch in the United States for $200.
For the sequel to the ZenWatch, Asus says its not going to run on Google’s Android Wear OS, instead, an OS (likely custom-made) that will help sustain battery life on the smartwatch will be used.
“We will continue to work with Google on Android Wear, and we will have another (smartwatch) that is not based on Android Wear and features a longer battery life,” Asus CEO Jerry Shen, announced.
Shen also hinted that the next Asus smartwatch might be powered by a tiny MediaTek chipset which is still under development rather than the Snapdragon 400 on the first ZenWatch. The CEO also highlighted that his company still has not one, but two “wristband-like” devices in the pipeline.