We first discovered AsteroidOS, a Linux based open source operating system working on some Android Wear (now Wear OS by Google) smartwatches, in early 2016 while looking at FOSDEM 2016 schedule.
The project and community have since grown to support more watches, and a company even tried to launch an AsteroidOS smartwatch (sadly unsuccessfully), but development kept going, and now the very first stable release is out with AsteroidOS 1.0.
Some of the highlights of the release:
- AsteroidOS 1.0 features and apps: phone notifications, an agenda, an alarm clock, a calculator, a music remote control, settings customizations, a stopwatch, a timer, and a weather forecast app.
- Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) sync with Android phones using AsteroidOSSync app.
- Supported hardware
- LG G Watch, LG G Watch Urbane, LG G Watch R
- Asus Zenwatch 1, Asus Zenwatch 2, Asus Zenwatch 3
- Sony Smartwatch 3
- Software emulator for testing and development.
- Community supported watchfaces
- 20 languages supported so far: Chinese, Czesh, Danish, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Kabyle, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Turkish and Ukrainian.
- Developer resources – Software Development Kit (SDK), examples, and a tutorial enabling developers to create new custom watch applications for the OS.
If you watch is not listed, and would like it to run AsteroidOS, you can try to follow the instructions in the Wiki.
Developers will keep on working on new features and future release may support always-on display, grouped notifications, calendar synchronization and synchronization apps for more platforms such as Linux, SailfishOS, or UBports Ubuntu Touch.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.