OnePlus Watch will skip Google's WearOS, design likely based on Oppo's forthcoming circular Watch RX
It is widely known that OnePlus has a smartwatch in the works. Originally expected to be unveiled last month, the device has been indefinitely delayed with a slow trickle of information pointing towards a more bespoke solution being developed instead. It had been originally thought that the OnePlus Watch would be based closely on sister company Oppo’s Watch (an Apple Watch clone) which runs Google’s WearOS, but it looks like OnePlus has significantly changed its plans.
According to the latest rumors, OnePlus has decided to produce its Watch with a circular display along the lines of the forthcoming Oppo Watch RX instead. OnePlus also seems intent on ditching Google’s WearOS for its Watch too, according to leaker @MaxJmb. OnePlus would join the likes of Samsung, among other Android OEMs, to take this approach. WearOS isn't especially competitive with Apple's watchOS, so a custom operating system would give it complete control of the Watch's feature set.
When it does eventually arrive, OnePlus is expected to release a custom Cyberpunk 2077 variant of its Watch as well. Its China-only Cyberpunk 2077 Special Edition OnePlus 8T smartphone has sparked a lot of interest with a unique, eye-catching design, that really went the extra mile. However, if OnePlus is indeed planning on developing an in-house OS for its Watch, it might be a little longer before we finally see it hit the market. The wait could be worth it, especially for those who find Google's WearOS too limited.