Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 2nd Sep 2017 00:43 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes

The first ever commercial Asteroid OS smartwatch, Connect Watch, was revealed today by a French company going by the same name. A Wi-Fi only model and a 3G model were unveiled with prices 99€ and 129€ respectively. Sales for these watches will commence tomorrow. Connect watch aims to provide a free watch alternative to the Android Wear and Tizen watches. The watches are capable to function on their own without the need for a smartphone and the 3G model can perform calls as well.

Asteroid OS, for those of you who don't know, is a Nemo Mobile based open source smartwatch OS and thus shares a lot of blood with Sailfish OS. Spearheaded by a talented young programmer Florent Revest, The project has matured a lot in 2 years since it inception and garnered lot of interest around the world. Jolla's Sailfish OS for smartwatch demo displayed in Slush 2016 and MWC 2017 was also based on Asteroid OS. No Asteroid OS sync application for Sailfish OS is yet to be in development.

It's 2017, and I can post a news item about an alternative operating system shipping on a smartwatch.

Today was a good day.

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Name is far too close to Android
by cybergorf on Sat 2nd Sep 2017 15:07 UTC
cybergorf
Member since:
2008-06-30

Asteroid vs. Android ... really? Why?

I honestly did read Android in the first moment ... only when Jolla was mentioned i looked back and realized it is called Asteroid.

This makes the product sound like a cheap ripoff. Is this intentional?

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The123king Member since:
2009-05-28

probably

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Maybe not a hackfest?
by cb88 on Sat 2nd Sep 2017 16:42 UTC
cb88
Member since:
2009-04-23

Looks like its entirely QT based... thats probably a good thing considering Enlightenment based Tizen was a hack fest.

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RE: Maybe not a hackfest?
by Soulbender on Mon 4th Sep 2017 09:10 UTC in reply to "Maybe not a hackfest?"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Wait....Enlightenment still exist?

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hmm
by yoshi314@gmail.com on Sat 2nd Sep 2017 19:04 UTC
yoshi314@gmail.com
Member since:
2009-12-14

sounds like that asteroid os slid under the author's radar and he's making a positive spin on it, regardless.

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RE: hmm
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 2nd Sep 2017 19:39 UTC in reply to "hmm"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

sounds like that asteroid os slid under the author's radar and he's making a positive spin on it, regardless.


We talked about Asteroid OS back when people barely knew what smartwatches were.

http://www.osnews.com/story/28920/Asteroid_a_free_and_open_smartwat...

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RE[2]: hmm
by XKCD on Tue 5th Sep 2017 09:19 UTC in reply to "RE: hmm"
XKCD Member since:
2017-09-05

We talked about Asteroid OS back when people barely knew what smartwatches were.

You mean, before 1990?
https://www.theverge.com/2015/6/29/8860737/casio-watches-smartwatch-...
These were true smart watches. Current smartwatches are like current smartphones: all look the same, all do same things, practically feature-less and without any real "character" or charm in them.

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