OnePlus first announced it’s developing a smartwatch back in 2015, but only a year later the company discontinued the project for unknown reasons. Since then, there has been a series of leaks and rumors suggesting a OnePlus smartwatch, but nothing concrete. As much as we love leaked information, there is nothing sweeter than an official comment stating a new device is in the works.
OnePlus CEO, Pete Lau recently said in an interview with Input, his company is again getting ready to release a smartwatch, and we are closer than ever to the OnePlus Watch(name not confirmed). Lau stated the company is working closely with Google to develop a better and improved Android Wear OS. Like its phones, where OnePlus has its own version of Android – Oxygen OS – the company wants a unique OS for its smartwatch as well.
Pete Lau told the online magazine OnePlus and Google are mainly working on “improving the connectivity between the Wear OS ecosystem, Android TV, and Android smartphones” to create the ability for “better device interoperability across the ecosystems.” Google’s Wear OS is hardly perfect, so any improvements are welcome.
Will the OnePlus smartwatch be a worthy challenger to the Apple Watch? There is no official date for when the device will roll out, but rumors pin it sometime next year.