BLOCKS un­veils An­droid based smart­watch frame­work

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Aim­ing to make it eas­ier for other de­vel­op­ers to build a smart­watch

OS, BLOCKS has kicked off an ini­tia­tive, chris­tened Project

OpenWatch—a pure open source project.

The project pro­vides a Linux ker­nel and an An­droid Oreo board sup­port pack­age for watches that use the Me­di­aTek MTK6580M chipset used in the BLOCKS’ smart­watch. Cur­rently, the mar­ket al­ready has three big names in the smart­watch op­er­at­ing sys­tem space — Ap­ple’s WatchOS, Google’s An­droid Wear, and Sam­sung’s Tizen. For BLOCKS’ up­com­ing mod­u­lar smart­watch, the com­pany has de­vel­oped its own An­droid-based soft­ware to sup­port the plug-and-play mod­ules.

While BLOCKS doesn’t of­fer the source code for its full op­er­at­ing sys­tem, pro­vid­ing this frame­work will make it eas­ier for third-party de­vel­op­ers to cre­ate their own cus­tom smart­watch op­er­at­ing sys­tems that can run on MTK6580M watches, in­clud­ing BLOCKS’ watch.

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