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ASUS confirms future generation ZenWatch without Android Wear

The first ASUS ZenWatch, which was powered by Android Wear, will be followed by a device that does not run Google’s wearable operating system. ASUS will not be abandoning Android Wear entirely, though, but hopes to achieve better battery life via the use of an alternative OS.

In January, ASUS chairman Jonney Shih dropped a significant hint that his company would look beyond Android Wear in the future, and Shih has now confirmed the move when speaking to investors.

“The major concern is about saving power,” Shih said. “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.”

Another factor key to improving battery life is the processor, and this was also highlighted by Shih back in January.

Shih has now confirmed to investors that whilst no decision has been taken, ASUS is looking at a system-on-chip that is currently under development by MediaTek.

[via Focus Taiwan]