24 May 2018
AsteroidOS , an open-source operating system for smartwatches that was envisioned four years ago has now received its first stable release. The AsteroidOS 1.0 is the first stable release of this project that is Linux-based OS. It was envisioned and built by a French developer Florent Revest. The AsteroidOS went into the Alpha stage in late 2016 and today Revest very proudly announced the first stable release of it.
The AsteroidOS 1.0 includes phone notifications, an agenda, an alarm clock, a calculator, a music remote control, settings customizations, a stopwatch, a timer, and a weather forecast app.
With the help of a companion app named AsteroidOSSync, these features can be synchronized using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) with Android phones.
At the moment, AsteroidOS 1.0 works with the Asus Zenwatch 1, Asus Zenwatch 2, Asus Zenwatch 3, LG G Watch, LG G Watch Urbane, LG G Watch R, and Sony Smartwatch 3 devices. It’s to be noted that many of these smartwatches haven’t yet updated by their manufacturers or Google. So, it’s a good time to test something new. However, AsteroidOS is only compatible with Android phones for now.
The AsteroidOS for smartwatches also comes with a Software Development Kit (SDK) that enabled the developers to create new custom watch applications for the OS.
The smartwatch experience is highly customizable thanks to a community of watchfaces designers and developer. The Documentation support will help anyone to create a new interface. Revest has also shared a tutorial that will help the developers to create new custom watch applications.
Revest has also announced that a few often-requested items may arrive in upcoming versions. These include Always-on display, Grouped notifications, Calendar synchronization, synchronization apps for more platforms. Being a mostly standard Linux system, it can even run other unconventional programs, like the Docker container framework, an open source virtual assistant like Mycroft, or even a game of Doom.
AsteroidOS is designed as a drop-in replacement for Wear OS formerly known as Android Wear smartwatches.
You can visit the official website for detailed installation instructions if you want to try this new OS.