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ASUS may look beyond Android Wear for next smartwatch

ASUS chairman Jonney Shih has offered a very interesting comment about the company’s next generation smartwatch. Shih said that a key priority was improving battery life, and in order to do so, ASUS would look closely at the operating system its uses in future ZenWatch products.

Smartwatches, including the ASUS ZenWatch, typically deliver between 1-2 day’s worth of battery life. Shih stated that ASUS has an ambitious target of 7 days battery life, which they hope to achieve through a combination of improved processor and OS efficiency.

“The ZenWatch is defined by us as a companion to a smartphone, and we think it still has a lot of room for improvement,” Shih stated. “As a companion device, its central processing unit and operating system should be more simplified than the current version, so that I can use it for up to seven days on one charge, rather than for just two days.”

Shih’s comments do not mean that the company is committed to abandoning Android Wear, as ASUS may choose to refine Google’s wearable OS.

Although it is far from inconceivable that ASUS could develop their own wearable OS, as none of the current platforms benefit from the kind of extensive library of native apps that is available for smartphones and tablets. Using technologies like Bluetooth and NFC, it would also be relatively straightforward for any new OS to interact with the likes of Android.

If ASUS does develop its own wearables OS, the move would not be particularly revolutionary. LG has been working on a smartwatch that is powered by webOS, whilst Samsung relies heavily on Tizen for its own wearable devices.

[via Taipei Times]