ASUS CEO outlines smartwatch plans beyond Android Wear
ASUS launched the ZenWatch back at IFA 2014, its stylish Android Wear-powered foray into the smartwatch market. In the time since, we’ve heard the company divulge a little about what’s next for it when it comes to wearables, and just a few weeks back a company executive talked about “simplifying” such a product so that it could run for a week on a charge – something that to our ears sounded like plans to ditch Android Wear. Now ASUS CEO Jerry Shen is shedding some additional light on the matter, clarifying that his company’s future wearables will include both Android Wear models and those running new software.
Shen explains that ASUS will stick with Android Wear for its direct follow-up to the ZenWatch, but that it’s also working on that super-long-battery-life model that would run other software. While he doesn’t share a ton of detail on just what this device would be, he does offer the possibility that it could feature a MediaTek SoC under the hood.
As for when we might see any of this, last we heard that new ZenWatch might land in Q3, but what about this other non-Android Wear stuff? That MediaTek silicon ASUS talks about using is a still-in-development component, so don’t count on an MWC announcement; even this one could also be quite a few months away.