With the development of mobile Internet technology and the maturity of core hardware technologies of wearable devices such as low-power chips and flexible circuit boards, all major mobile phone manufacturers have entered the field of smartwatches. Currently, we have four non-apple watch operating system.
So, for consumers, in the face of the many smartwatches on the market, how to choose the one that suits them best? In response to this problem, we have looked at a recent evaluation, interpretation, and comparison of the four major systems in the current Android smartwatch market. Let’s take a look at this one after the other.
What are the four major non-WatchOS systems?
Apart from Apple Watch’s watchOS system, we can understand that in the current smartwatch market, there are mainly four systems: WearOS, colorOS, RTOS, and TizenOS.
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Basically, all Samsung smartwatches run on tizenOS. the list includes but not limited to gear s, s1, s2, active, active 2, and so on. Officially, TizenOS is exclusive to Samsung. Its advantage is that it can control the Samsung ecological chain through Samsung Bixby, such as smart homes, car man-machine entrances, etc. However, because Samsung’s presence in China is low, and software such as Weibo, which is commonly used by Chinese users has not yet been adopted, the usability is still low in China.
Google’s Android WearOS
The largest market share is Google’s self-developed WearOS. But the problem is that WearOS can’t enjoy the advantages of Google’s smart assistant and Play Store ecosystem in China, and it relies heavily on the smart ecosystem built by manufacturers. However, due to Google’s lack of attention, third-party smartwatches based on WearOS have encountered great resistance in terms of ecology, and occasionally have frequent freezes and fever when using some apps.
RTOS Watch System
Then there is RTOS. The system is characterized by a lack of independent communication capabilities, inability to install APPs, and inability to interact with their respective ecosystems. However, it has unique advantages for health management, sports management, and long battery life, so it is very targeted. Sex customers’ favorite-for example, LiteOS used in Huawei GT series belongs to the RTOS system, which is favored by many business people for its stronger battery life performance.
OPPO Android-based ColorOS Watch system
The last is the OPPO Watch equipped with the magic change Android. This system is not based on WearOS or Linux but based on the Color OS Watch system built on Android 8.1. Compared with other watch systems, OPPO is equivalent to rebuilding a watch system.
Partly, due to the open-source nature of the Android system, the Color OS Watch system is far more scalable than other watch customization systems. “OPPO Watch operating system with the Android kernel is more difficult than using Wear OS directly, but the user experience will be better.”
In addition, the ColorOS Watch system has to deal with solving the problem of scarcity of applications. To build your own application ecosystem, first of all, you must have a better compatible unified experience with mobile phones, and secondly, expand the number of third-party applications. The overall software adaptation resources and difficulty are very large. OPPO directly held the OPPO Watch App Development Contest with the theme “Hello Watch”.
It is understood that the functions covered by the OPPO watch APP development contest include areas such as sports health, efficiency, life, social and small games. The contest is to attract developers through the 700,000yuan awards. I believe that it can solve the problem of insufficient application of OPPO Watch to the greatest extent.
In summary, the four systems WearOS, Android ColorOS, RTOS, and TizenOS have their own advantages and disadvantages. Personally, I think that OPPO’s Android’s Color OS Watch system is at a stage of insufficient application ecology at this stage, but through the OPPO APP development competition, they should be able to overcome this. ranking them in terms of apps ecosystem, I will put wear os first, tizen>>oppo>rtos.