Blocks, the newcomer to the wearable industry, continues to make bold statements in its attempts to standout, this time by announcing its adoption of the Samsung-developed Tizen as its operating system of choice for its smartwatches.
Blocks first turned heads when they announced the modular smartwatch concept. The idea is that each piece that makes up the smartwatch wristband is an individual module and thus, like how Lego blocks work, can be swapped around to customize the functionality of the smartwatch itself. If thats not customizable enough for you, the modules or blocks are designed with removable covers, allowing you to customize the appearance as well. Earlier this month, Blocks has opened a membership opportunity for potential customers to reserve its new smartwatches, with the 1000 person long waiting list filled out in a matter of days, a testament to the popularity of its concept. Those who reserve the devices are also entitled to an early bird pricing and also . Bear in mind though that now there’s a waiting list for the membership position so patience is a necessity at this point.
The adoption of Tizen as the OS of choice is a rather interesting decision. It will be the first non-Samsung device to run Tizen and as such, would still be compatible with Android, iOS and Windows mobile devices. At the same time, this will be a big sign of encouragement for Samsung to continue developing Tizen as a true competitor to the heavyweights of mobile OS today; Android Wear and iOS. In fact, the partnership between Blocks and Samsung Tizen developers should be mutually beneficial to both.
With all said and done, we eagerly anticipate the arrival of Blocks and we hope that its arrival will herald the age of modular mobile devices and of course, tide us over until Project Ara kicks into full swing.
Source : Technobuffalo