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 99â‚¬ and 129â‚¬ 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.
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?