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OnePlus Watch will skip Google's WearOS, design likely based on Oppo's forthcoming circular Watch RX

The OnePlus Watch is now expected to be based on the forthcoming Oppo Watch RX. (Image: Oppo via MyDrivers)
The OnePlus Watch is now expected to be based on the forthcoming Oppo Watch RX. (Image: Oppo via MyDrivers)
The eagerly anticipated OnePlus Watch is said to have dumped Google’s WearOS according to a reliable leaker. Instead it will run an unspecified operating system that is presumably a bespoke solution.

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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.

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(Image: @MaxJmb/Twitter)
(Image: @MaxJmb/Twitter)
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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1290 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-11- 9 (Update: 2020-11- 9)