Asus CEO confirms new smartwatch won’t run Android Wear

Will the ZenWatch be Asus' last Android Wear device? Photo: Asus

Will the ZenWatch be Asus’ last Android Wear device? Photo: Asus

Following the launch of its well-received ZenWatch late last year, Asus has been promising us another fancy new smartwatch with incredible battery life. But unfortunately for Android Wear fans, the company will be snubbing Google’s platform in favor of its own.

When Asus chairman Jonney Shih told us last month that the company’s next wearable would have a “more simplified” operating system that would provide 7 days of use on a single charge, we suspected that it was working on its own software.

After all, Google doesn’t allow hardware makers to modify Android Wear like they can regular Android, so there’s very little Asus can do to make battery saving improvements with Android Wear.

Now the Taiwanese company’s CEO has confirmed those suspicions, but he says Asus will continue to support Android Wear going forward.

“We will continue to work with Google on Android Wear, and we will have another (smartwatch) that is not based on Android Wear and features a longer battery life,” Jerry Shen told Focus Taiwan, adding “the major concern is about saving power.”

Asus’ second-generation smartwatch is set to make its debut during the third quarter of 2015, so we have a little while to wait for it just yet. But the company is also planning two other wearables — more affordable fitness tracking devices — that could come earlier.