Connect Watch is the first smartwatch running AsteroidOS


AsteroidOS is an open source platform developed as an alternative to Google's Android Wear operating system. The OS works on top of the Linux kernel, but the UI has been redesigned using a Qt5 framework.

The first smartwatch to be powered by this AsteroidOS is called Connect Watch, which will go on pre-order in Europe very soon. Although no information about the price has been disclosed yet, we do know the ConnectWatch will be available via crowd funding platform Ulule.

Connect Watch has a 1.39-inch AMOLED display with 400 x 400 pixels resolution. There's no flat tire, but, curiously, the smartwatch comes with a 2-megapixel camera that can record HD (720p) video.

The smartwatch does not need to be paired with a phone and can work independently as long as you insert a nano-SIM inside (supports most of the 3G bands, but no 4G LTE). On the inside, Connect Watch packs a 1.39GHz MediaTek processor and either 4GB storage and 512MB RAM, or 8GB storage and 1GB RAM.

Since it works like a standalone product, the Connect Watch features a phone dialer that allows you to make calls. According to Connect Wear, the smartwatch should offer about 4 days of usage on a single charge.

Other highlights that users will be able to take advantage of include countdown clock, chronometer, and heartbeat sensor. The smartwatch is supposed to ship with an app store, but there aren't too many AsteroidOS apps available yet, which is why the team behind the project is now inviting devs to port their apps to the new OS.

source: Connect Watch via XDA

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6 Comments

1. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Finally a camera after the Samsung Galaxy Gear. About darn time for this feature to 'return' smartwatches.

3. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Why is it a good idea? The camera on a smartwatch could earn you a just "glasshole" epithet. If the camera faces upwards, it could in theory be useful for video calls but usually smartwatch OSs are not nearly as capable of such operations as a smartphone yet. Let alone that I work in a confidential environment where cameras (and thus smartphones) are banned, a camera would mean that my smartwatch would be banned too.

2. foreverNOOB

Posts: 167; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

Look like they're copied design from Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45.

4. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Exactly. Totally shameful copy of TAG Heuer Connected and Connected Modular 45 design. "Avoid at all costs" level of tasteless copy.

5. Anchor

Posts: 160; Member since: Jun 16, 2017

So à smart watch on Steroids. Sounds great

6. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

I thinks that smart watches are a smart way to debut a new OS, since the phone market is way too dominated by Android and iOS. Work hard to become the de facto OS for smartwatches, become respectable in the industry and win the trust of users, and then BOOM, launch a phone running your trusted OS a few years down the road once the industry already uses your product on their wrists. Success! (?)

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