Asustek VivoWatch to ditch Android Wear in favor of homemade OS
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.