The ASUS Zenwatch is one of the more unique and better designed wearable device out in the market now. It is also one of the first devices to use the Android Wear operating system for wearables. The sleek smartwatch came with a design language that not many of it competitors have.
In a recent interview, Jonney Shih, Chairman of ASUS, was talking on the direction of the company for the upcoming year. He mentioned that the company will be seeing a renewed focus on its budget friendly Zenfone line up as well as a few tidbits of a possible follow up to the Zenwatch.
He mentioned that the Zenwatch could see an increase in battery life to seven days compared to the current 2 day battery life of the Zenwatch. He also hinted that the next ZenWatch may be running a more battery friendly OS – possibly a proprietary one. While this comes as a surprise to many Android Wear enthusiasts, it would make sense, given that Android Wear is still in its infancy and has a ways to go when it comes to being battery friendly. On average, an Android Wear device lasts for about 2 days while others have boasted longer.
In addition to possibly ditching Andorid Wear, it looks like ASUS may also be opting for a smaller processor compared to the Snapdragon 400 in the current generation Zenwatch.
“The ZenWatch is defined by us as a companion to a smartphone, and we think it still has a lot of room for improvement,”
“As a companion device, its central processing unit and operating system should be more simplified than the current version, so that I can use it for up to seven days on one charge, rather than for just two days.”
Jonney Shih, ASUS
With all the talk of a better, simpler OS for smartwatches, Samsung’s push for Tizen and rumours of LG looking to use WebOS in a their wearables, it looks like Google’s Android Wear may be in danger of slipping into the background unless the Search Behemoth does something to make the OS a lot friendlier on the battery.
Source: Taipei Times