The market for smartwatches is not so cruel to beginners as the smartphone market. If the new mobile OS has few chances, then operating systems for smartwatches can still gain popularity. So Android Wear has a competitor – the operating system AsteroidOS with open source. The first smart clock on this operating system has already been announced.
AsteroidOS, the operating system for smart clocks with open source code, which is being developed since 2015. Today the most important day in the life of this operating system is the day when its first version was released. AsteroidOS 1.0 is already available, and smart clock owners can install it on the operating system from Google. At the heart of the operating system, AsteroidOS is the Linux kernel. The user interface was created using the Qt5 framework.
What is good about AsteroidOS
The first version of this operating system will give everything that smartwatch owners need:
- Alarm clock
- Managing your music player
- Weather forecast
- Interchangeable dials
- Autonomy up to 48 hours
There is currently no support for third-party applications, but the operating system has the open source code, and there is an SDK for developers who want to contribute.
How to install AsteroidOS
To install a new operating system, you have to flash your smartwatch, as Android-smartphones are stitched. Here is a list of supported smartwatch models:
- Asus ZenWatch
- Asus ZenWatch 2
- Asus ZenWatch 3
- LG G Watch
- LG Watch Urbane
- LG G Watch R
- Sony Smartwatch 3
You need to proceed to the AsteroidOS website, select your watch model and follow the instructions for downloading and installing the firmware. Already now it is known that the first version of the operating system does not work stably on all compatible devices. You can learn about the problems that can arise with your watch on the dedicated page of the AsteroidOS website.
Ikechukwu Onu is a writer, front-end dev, and digital junkie with a profound interest in all things tech. When not reviewing gadgets or apps, he enjoys contributing in groups and forums, tinkering with websites, and hanging out with friends.