Asustek VivoWatch to ditch An­droid Wear in fa­vor of home­made OS

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan’s Asustek Com­puter Inc. ( ) is ditch­ing Google Inc.'s An­droid Wear op­er­at­ing sys­tem, as the com­pany's new fit­ness-fo­cused smart­watch runs on its home-de­vel­oped OS, ac­cord­ing to a source with knowl­edge of the mat­ter.

Us­ing Asutek's own op­er­at­ing sys­tem on the VivoWatch, which was pre­viewed at the Mi­lan De­sign Week show April 14-19, will help achieve longer bat­tery life than run­ning on the An­droid Wear that al­lows only limited soft­ware cus­tomiza­tion, the source told CNA on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the mat­ter is pri­vate.

The source de­clined to con­firm whether Asustek is work­ing with Mi­crosoft Corp. on its own op­er­at­ing sys­tem for the VivoWatch.

Un­like Asustek's An­droid Wear-pow­ered ZenWatch, which has a bat­tery life of up to two days, the VivoWatch fea­tures a more com­pelling bat­tery life of 10 days, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports.

The VivoWatch also comes with heartrate mon­i­tor­ing, sleep track­ing and IP67 cer­ti­fi­ca­tion guar­an­tee­ing wa­ter and dust re­sis­tance, the re­ports said.

While de­tails about the

Vi- voWatch were not of­fi­cially dis­closed at the Mi­lan De­sign Week, the smart­watch is ex­pected to hit stores in Tai­wan next month, ac­cord­ing to in­dus­try ob­servers.

Ear­lier re­ports in Fe­bru­ary in­di­cated that the VivoWatch could be the first smart­watch to run on Mi­crosoft's Health plat­form, which was launched in Oc­to­ber last year with fea­tures to an­a­lyze per­sonal ac­tiv­i­ties and sug­gest work­outs, nu­tri­tional plans and sleep sched­ules.

The spec­u­la­tion comes at a time when Asustek has an ex­ist­ing line of Win­dows- pow­ered prod­ucts un­der the fam­ily name of "Vivo," in­clud­ing VivoBook lap­tops and VivoTab tablets.

In Jan­uary this year, Asustek Chair­man Jon­ney Shih ( ) hinted that the com­pany's next smart­watch might come with a bat­tery life of up to seven days thanks to the adop­tion of sim­pli­fied chipset and mo­bile op­er­at­ing sys­tem de­signs.

The Tai­wanese firm is plan­ning a sec­ond gen­er­a­tion ZenWatch for the third quar­ter of 2015, with the up­graded de­vice ex­pected to of­fer a new level of in­de­pen­dence from smartphones by al­low­ing voice calls with­out be­ing teth­ered to a hand­set.

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