The OnePlus Watch will not come with Google’s Wear OS and will run on a custom operating system, OnePlus co-founder and CEO Pete Lau confirmed on the company’s forum. The anticipated smartwatch was initially speculated to be running Wear OS. However, the company has preferred its custom solution for better power efficiency. The OnePlus Watch is also teased to offer a “burdenless” design and seamless connectivity with other OnePlus devices. It will debut alongside the OnePlus 9 series on March 23.
Pete Lau said that instead of running Wear OS by Google, the OnePlus Watch will have a Smart Wear operating system that was developed based on the real-time operating system (RTOS). ,[W]I believe it gives you a smooth and reliable experience while providing you with great battery life, covering some of the biggest concerns we are hearing from people looking to buy a smartwatch,” he Told While replying to a user on the OnePlus Community Forum.
In December, Lau said that OnePlus was working with Google to bring improvements to Wear OS, including better interoperability. However, he did not explicitly mention any details regarding the presence of Google’s operating system on the OnePlus Watch.
Lau took to the OnePlus community forum reveal some information Regarding the OnePlus Watch, he said that the smartwatch comes with a “stunning and burdenless design” which makes it a different option in the market. He also highlighted the “seamless connectivity” with OnePlus smartphones, audio peripherals, smart wearables and OnePlus TV. This will help users control connected devices directly from their wrists – just like you can control music or participate in voice calls using the Apple Watch.
“Our preference for devices that are part of the OnePlus ecosystem is to offer trendy designs, provide seamless connectivity and deliver best-in-class user experience. And the new OnePlus Watch is no exception,” Lau said.
The OnePlus Watch has also been teased for having a “best-in-class experience” at an “affordable price”.
The OnePlus Watch is set to arrive alongside the OnePlus 9 series on March 23. Rumored to have an IP68-certified build, Warp Charge fast charging support, and built-in heart rate and SpO2 monitoring.
Along with the OnePlus Watch, OnePlus is speculated to have a top-end OnePlus Watch RX in the works. The latter can run on Wear OS or a tweaked Android version by Google.
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