AsteroidOS is an open-source alternative to Android Wear – now WearOS – and has been developed by Florent Revest using a Linux flavor specifically made for smartwatches. The development process of AsteroidOS started towards 2016 and has slowly been adding support for additional smartwatches since it was first announced.
Back on its days, the wearable OS was only available for the LG G Watch, the version 1.0 was released yesterday and offer support for 6 wearable devices. However, the developers behind the project stated that there are some other devices with work being done, and proper compatibility should come with further development.
The AsteroidOS compatible devices are LG G Watch, LG G Watch Urbane, LG G Watch R, Asus Zenwatch 1, Asus Zenwatch 2, Asus Zenwatch 3 and Sony Smartwatch 3. The developer announced the first alpha of the OS back in 2016 and less than a year later the ConnectWatch was announced as the first smartwatch to be exclusively powered by the third-party software. Currently, AsteroidOS has managed to gather contributions from about 100 contributors across the world. The software development team aims to bring compatibility for more devices, add more features and include SDK.
With the 1.0 Release, the AsteroidOS platform comes with all the features that you could expect from a 2018 smartwatch. This includes Phone Synced Notifications, an Agenda, an Alarm Clock, Calculator, Music Remote Control, Stopwatch, Timer and a Weather Forecast Application. All those features are optimized by Bluetooth Low Energy on Android devices thanks to the companion app named AsteroidOSSync.
The goal of AsteroidOS is to make a platform for smartwatches with an infinite number of customizations and an open-source nature that will allow developers to expand even more the OS. If you’re a developer and own a smartwatch, you can try the AsteroidOS Team emulator, also there is a long documentation for the porting process of the OS.