Asus building a smartwatch without Android Wear to help extend battery life

Asus building a smartwatch without Android Wear to help extend battery life
Asus has already launched the Android Wear powered ZenWatch and is working on its next timepiece. There will be some changes with the new wearable. Last month, the manufacturer said that it was working on a way to get seven days of battery life with the new smartwatch, although the company didn't say how it would reach this target.

On Monday, some new information about the next Asus smartwatch leaked out. In its bid to extend the battery life of its next watch, the company will employ a new operating system replacing Android Wear. It also will use a new simplified MediaTek chipset currently being developed.

But Android Wear fans shouldn't pout. Asus still plans on producing a sequel to the ZenWatch that will use Android Wear. It is possible that the new watch will have two varieties with one powered by the unknown OS and the other using Android Wear. The new Asus smartwatch is due during this year's third quarter.


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13 Comments

1. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

So it is the Android OS fault that a smartwatch's battery is limited. Normally I would expect someone to come in with an Apple comment, but seeing as the rumors are their OS can't get more than a Peter Jackson movies worth of life they have no room to talk. Someone create a better battery already.

5. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Galaxy gear. I can get 4-7days depending on the usage. The key thing to do is switching the watch off for the night. With my useage I lose about 16% of battery a day. Of you leave your watch on, you'll lose about 3-5%, so it's always good to switch it off and you'll get about a week on 1 charge.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I can get 3-4 days with the Sony Smartwatch 3. I am just waiting for the stainless steel band. The Gear Live has pretty good life as well. Not as good as Sony's but its respectable. I can get 3 days from the gear live if I turn it off nightly as well, but the SW3 I can forget sometimes and I still get great battery life. Google is working with a company on new types of batteries for project Ara and they reported two times the battery life with the same size battery. If they brought this to smart watches as well. Then you could easily see a week out of some of the current gen Smartwatch's.

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It really doesn't have to do with optimizations of the OS. Remember Google's Android Wear is really running the full fledge Android OS, only it has been optimized to run on a watch with no keyboard, and a tiny touch screen with voice input. Think about it for a moment. A few years ago the processor, ram, and storage were considered flagship back then, only now they are in a watch with a much smaller battery then you would ever put in a smart phone. So I think its great. All the features and functions of these smart watches keep getting better all the time. I can pay for coffee's using my smart watch with a bar code. Play tons of music without the need to carry my smart phone as well. Be a remote camera shutter, control movies and videos with my smart watch on the TV (Chromecast), open my front door, or car locks, and more to come.

2. Tejas9

Posts: 95; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Let's see what Asus comes up with. Liked their Zenfone 5 for its value for money & solid build quality. Just launch the new Zenfone2 soon. The watch Os should be an interesting one. Better optimization will help in battery life too.

3. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

The truth about google's optimization - it sucks. Google edition phones hsve shorter bsttery lives than their default counterparts. I

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Optimization on Android as a whole is pretty bad. There's too much differences in customizations for there to be optimum optimization.

7. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Yet, the most stock/optimal software loses to touchwiz aka the worst and heaviest launcher according to the haters ;).

13. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So they should all run the same version of Android? That kind of defeats the purpose of having a customizable OS.

6. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

And what studies have you done?

8. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Look at battery tests of galaxy s4 google edition vs standard one or compare note 4 to nexus 6. Sammy wreckes google. Same thing tizen vs android wear.

12. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Weird, I've seen it the other way around... Make sure too that the Note 4 has encryption enabled as well before you even compare the two.

11. GunzPT

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Looking forward to the next Smart watch from ASUS. Really like what they did in such short time for both wearables and phones Impress us!

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