OnePlus has become one of the most popular smartphone manufacturers. The company even introduced its first true flagship smartphone in the middle of a global economic crisis, which shows the company is growing rapidly. OnePlus even launched its first-ever line of smart televisions as well.
The obvious next step is to tap into the smartwatch market. Rumors regarding a OnePlus watch have been circling for a few years now, but the company always negates these. In 2016 the company even released the initial sketches of a smartwatch and talked about the company’s decision against releasing a smartwatch.
The company’s conditions have changed since 2016, and starting a line of smartwatches with OnePlus’s software integration would be a huge step for the company. For the last few days, the official Twitter account of OnePlus has been teasing the idea of a smartwatch, and it seems OnePlus may actually have started the initial development for its smartwatch business.
In an interview with Input Magazine, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau talked about a range of topics, including his stance on OnePlus smartwatches. He confirmed that OnePlus is working on the idea but refrained from getting into much detail. However, he specifically talked about WearOS and its limitations.
He said Wear OS has room to improve, and OnePlus is working with Google to try and improve the connectivity between WearOS and Android in smartphones and smart TVs. WearOS lacks behind Apple’s watchOS and Fitbit’s Fitbit OS. It lacks the seamless integration and services offered by the competitors. So Oneplus’s strategy is to work with Google and iron out the shortcomings of the software first, and the rest will follow.