AsteroidOS Presents Itself as an Alternative Smartwatch Operating System

The update to the new version Android Wear 2.0 is still waiting. At the beginning of the next year, Google is supposed to release this one – but a specific date is not yet available. In the meantime, a developer team around the French Florent Revest has tried an alternative for Smartwatches with the Android Wear software. AsteroidOS is the result, which is based on Linux, but is still in an early stage of development. An alpha version is available for download.

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AsteroidOS is initially planned for the Sony Smartwatch 3, the ASUS ZenWatch 2 and the G Watch as well as the G Watch Urban from LG. This is an open-source software, which means that the source code is accessible to third parties so that they can work on it and further develop the software. The corresponding access is on the homepage of the operating system.

Although the overplaying of AsteroidOS on a Smartwatch is to be fairly simple to implement, but completely mature it is sometimes not yet. Completely smoothly the operating system only works on the LG G Watch. With the remaining clocks there are still difficulties as with the Sony Smartwatch 3, in which the graphics probably occasionally strikes. Synchronized is AsteroidOS with an app for Android via Bluetooth – and precisely, there are still problems with the remaining two Smartwatches.

AsteroidOS comes with an appealing interface and five different watch interfaces. Eight applications are also on board. These include everyday helpers such as a stopwatch, pocket calculator, timer, calendar and alarm, music control, weather forecast, and the settings menu. As expected from an operating system of a Smartwatch, calls and messages are also sent to the wrist which the mobile phone receives.

Although AsteroidOS is still in the children’s shoes, the software seems to have potential. It could be an alternative, because Android Wear 2.0 will not be available for all Smartwatches. It has been a long time since the first generation of the Motorola Moto 360 is no longer supported – whether further models are affected, is still open. If this Linux-based variant is further developed, more Smartwatches are certainly added, to which the operating system is tuned.