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The OnePlus Watch is likely to run WearOS after all

The OnePlus Watch might be based on this OPPO product. (Source: OPPO)
The OnePlus Watch might be based on this OPPO product. (Source: OPPO)
Some recent leaks have pointed to a first-gen smartwatch from OnePlus, for which the OEM might develop a proprietary UI. However, a new interview with this company's CEO indicates that it will use Google's WearOS - then again, it may be heavily modified so as to fit in with its device ecosystem.

OnePlus is a popular Android OEM that stands out from many of its rivals in that it has yet to launch its own smartwatch. However, some up-to-date leaks suggest that this might change soon. It is thought to be a round-faced device very similar to the OPPO Watch RX. A new interview with the OEM's CEO, Pete Lau, might shed some more light on this subject.

In it, the executive explains that his company's first-gen watch has been delayed for quite some time, and that this is indeed due to a choice to use Wear OS. However, this same interface has demonstrably underperformed as a wearables' platform for some time.

Therefore, OnePlus is working closely with Google in order to optimize it for the upcoming watch. Lau also now reveals that the OEM envisages a resulting UI version that can integrate closely with its other devices. They include its smartphones (obviously), but also its smart TVs.

Lau mentioned features in which this oneday OnePlus watch might be able to control notifications on one of these screens, as well as dictate when it switches off in response to a lack of activity on the user's part. Then again, the CEO did not mention the possibility of ever-popular fitness features, or when this wearable might launch.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-12-17 (Update: 2020-12-17)