It seems that OnePlus finally has a rumor that it would never die, at least not until it materializes next year. It all started in 2014, close to the OnePlus debut, and almost had an announcement this month before the OnePlus was supposed to pull the rug again. The company’s first wearable device may still be in the works, rumored to launch in 2021, but when it does, it may not look like most smartwatches today, at least not when it comes to the software running on it.
Android has made it significantly easier to make smartphones, certified by Google or not, by releasing manufacturers from the task of developing and maintaining their own personalized mobile software. Wear OS, formerly Android Wear, does the same with smartwatches, so it’s the most common platform for wearables. There are some exceptions, of course, and OnePlus Watch may be one of them.
Max Jambor, also known as @MaxJmb on Twitter, dropped the bomb in just one line. According to the tip, OnePlus Watch does not use Wear OS, simple as that. Of course, this still leaves much room for speculation about what the OnePlus will use.
There are some smartwatch manufacturers that have their own custom operating systems, but you don’t have to go very far. In China, companies like Xiaomi and OPPO use a modified version of Android instead of Wear OS, while Huawei uses its own custom operating system. Either is plausible, but it may not be good for the product.
Even with an Android-based non-Wear OS platform, OnePlus will still be forced to do the job of connecting to an Android or even iOS device, not to mention the lack of support for popular apps. Given how close OnePlus has collaborated with Google over the years, including its Android TV products, this rumor is definitely strange, disappointing and, hopefully, incorrect.