Asus working on a non-Android Wear smartwatch to extend battery life

CEO Jerry Shen said Asus could turn to a second mobile operating system for a future smartwatches in order to achieve longer battery life


After the ZenWatch, Asus is working on yet-another smartwatch. The Zenwatch was the first Android Wear smartwatch with a customised UI, featuring the Asus ZenUI interface. However, this time around the company has decided to ditch Android Wear in order to increase the battery life of the watch, according to FocusTaiwan.

"CEO Jerry Shen said Asus could turn to a second mobile operating system for a future smartwatches in order to achieve longer battery life, leaving behind the Android Wear system used on its current ZenWatch," said the report.

The non-Android Wear device is also expected to run MediaTek's still under-development system-on-chip. The company believes that using the new chipset and another mobile operating system, it could help the watch achieve a battery life of seven days, instead of the typically one-day battery life that the watches now-a-days offer.

This doesn't mean Asus has decided to bid goodbye to Android Wear. The company also plans a sequel to ZenWatch that will run Android Wear and will most likely be launched in the third quarter of 2015.


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