11 March 2018
BLOCKS has announced an Android Oreo-based operating system for smartwatches called Project OpenWatch. BLOCKS is a new modular smartwatch that runs on Android Oreo and allows users to add individual modules like heart rate and GPS monitors to the device's core according to requirement.
The new Open Source platform will allow developers to come up with different systems for different wearable devices. They aim to release a full Linux Kernel and Android Oreo Board Support Package (BSP).
The team behind BLOCKS aims to create a modular software. They have started a project that will allow other developers to build their very own wearable platform, which could possibly compete with Android Wear.
Currently, BLOCKS doesn’t have any plans to release a fully-fledged OS themselves. They are instead funding initial development and collaborating with a handful of ROM developers to make several “flavors” of OpenWatch available at release.
BLOCKS’ Project OpenWatch has been launched in partnership with LineageOS and CarbonROM. The platform is based on Android 8.0 Oreo and is meant for smartwatches. Developers will be free to release their own version of OpenWatch when the codebase is released on March 15, 2018.
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