As Apple gears up for the release of the Watch, the competition seems to be warming up for the 2015 wearable market as well. Market analysts predict that the Apple Watch might not face any real threats this year and that the gadget in question will dominate the smartwatch market, posing “multiple-year leadership over competition“.
Then again there’s still plenty of time for other manufacturers to pick up the pace and deliver great sequels or brand new wearables in the foreseeable future, and apparently one of the companies who still has big plans for the smartwatch market is ASUS. Check back after the break for the full story.
ASUS Working on a non-Android Wear Smartwatch
Back in January, we have reported that ASUS’ upcoming smartwatch is planned to change the game in terms of battery life. This is one of the areas where wearables suffer and ASUS knows this. Having a wearable whose battery can’t keep the internals up and running for more than two days (in the more fortunate cases) isn’t something to brag about, and it’s very likely that Apple might face the same problem with its own Watch.
ASUS on the other hand seems to be having great plans for improving battery life on its wearable devices. Last month it was reported that the ZenWatch sequel will aim at delivering up to 7 days of battery life, but at that time it wasn’t clear how the company might want to achieve these figures.
Now a fresh report from the company’s homeland suggests that ASUS could be working on a new smartwatch featuring a different operating system than Android Wear, and a new MediaTek SoC which is currently in development. Reportedly, employing this new OS will be one of the steps necessary to achieve longer battery life, said CEO Jerry Shen on Friday.
Interestingly enough though, ASUS will continue to work with Google on Android Wear so it’s possible that the ZenWatch sequel might come in two main flavors: one powered by Google and the other one by the new operating system. Whether or not these gadgets will share the same hardware characteristics remains to be seen. Until we find out more, what would you say to a new ASUS ZenWatch running a different OS?