A future Asus smartwatch won’t use Android Wear

by: Rob TriggsFebruary 16, 2015
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ASUS Zenwatch-19

A couple of weeks ago, Jonney Shih, chairman of Asus, began talking about the company’s plans for future smartwatches. Longer battery life was one of the key improvements that the company wants to make, but Asus stated that it may need to leave Android Wear behind to accomplish this. Speaking this Friday, Asus CEO Jerry Shen reaffirmed that the company will be ditching Android Wear for at least one upcoming smartwatch, in order to achieve longer battery life.

No exact hardware details were given out about the new smartwatch, but previously Shih had suggested that Asus was targeting battery life that would last seven days. Shen also let slip that the non-Android Wear smartwatch may be powered by a new MediaTek SoC, which is said to still be under-development.

“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,” – Asus CEO Jerry Shen

Despite the talk of an Android Wear alternative, Asus stated that its second-generation ZenWatch will still make use of Google’s wearable platform.

Instead of abandoning Android Wear completely, the company appears to be planning a separate smartwatch line that will offer a longer battery life at the expense of some of Google’s platform features. Previously, Asus also announced that is has two lower cost “wristband-like” devices in the pipeline, which will focus on the health and fitness market.

  • Imran Husain

    I think one main reason why anyone would wanna produce a non-Android wear smartwatch is due to the possibility to capture the lonely Apple market :)

    • Simon Belmont

      Agreed. But they’ll come back to Android Wear when their proprietary OS gets crushed by the weight of a million Apple fanboys rushing away from their hipster coffee joint where they were composing their novel on their iPad mini with Bluetooth keyboard towards the Apple store for the Apple Watch upon its release.

      Android Wear offers a good ecosystem, and they’re continually improving it. It’s going to be Apple Watch versus Android Wear.

      • mobilemann

        the irony of these types of posts. You are what you claim to hate. Just the flip side of the coin.

        • Simon Belmont

          I don’t actually hate Apple, though, and I never claimed I did above. In fact I own stock in them. :)

          So, of course, I want them to be profitable. It’s just the mindless zombie mentality of the folks that will buy anything with that brand slapped on it, without even thinking that gives me pause (but, again, hey, profits). :D

          • Wayne Peterkin

            Oh, I thought you were talking about the Beats Crowd…oh wait..

          • mobilemann

            I know what you’re saying just pointing out that the same can be said in reverse. There are a lot of technical people who use iOS:) like me:)

  • Runner

    I think that with the pricetag startingpoint of most “premium” smartwatches it just is not enough that the watch is smart, it needs to be goodlooking also. The only watch i have seen so far that gets close enough is LG watch Urbane. Apples watch has the benefit of being in Apples system of integration and funtionality but it is way to ugly.

  • ivan kalchen

    Heloo
    I had several similar and sever obstacles ..also the phones didn’t manage to come even close to help. Because of the 21ct century F***d up batteries ..but with time i searched for a new or different chargers because with my social state at the moment and being out 20/7 I would say I need it!!..Heavely(for real). Even the SJ guys and http://mojuicepowerbank.com/ said it.
    Cheers.

  • ivan kalchen

    I had several similar and sever obstacles ..also the phones didn’t manage to come even close to help. Because of the 21ct century F***d up batteries ..but with time i searched for a new or different chargers because with my social state at the moment and being out 20/7 I would say I need it!!..Heavely(for real). Even the SJ guys and http://www.amazon.com/Power-Portable-Phone-Charger-Built/dp/B00KI7CZ5S said it.
    Cheers.

  • Virsu

    This article on Android Wear is amazing. Check it out on ramastech96.blogspot.com