AsteroidOS is a zippy, well designed smartwatch operating system, but thus far it's only been available for LG G Watch and Watch Urbane, the Sony Smartwatch 3 and Asus ZenWatch 2. Worse, if you were interested in using it you'd have to install it yourself.
Good news: You'll no longer have to worry about that as Connect Watch has announced the first smartwatch specifically built for AsteroidOS. It'll be a standalone watch, though in this case that means 3G support - not LTE - which is a little disappointing.
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The big thing Connect is promising is freedom and modularity. So if you've been looking for an heir apparent to the Pebble thrown of watch-based tinkering, you might be in luck. Connect says you'll be able to maintain your privacy and data, and be able to do what you want to the watch. That means creating and sharing your own apps and personalizing the watch "to your wishes."
As for specs, Connect is promising four days of battery life as AsteroidOS and the watch itself are less resource intensive. There's a quad-core 1.39GHz processor that helps power a 1.39-inch 400 x 400 AMOLED display, a choice of 512MB or 1GB of RAM, and storage options of 4GB or 8GB. There's also GPS and - yes - a 2MP camera that can do 720p video recording.
The Connect Watch has now opened up its crowdfunding campaign on Ulule with a pledge of €99 (roughly $120) bagging you the Wi-Fi version of the smartwatch with shipping slated for October. It's chipping away at that total with a month left to run on the campaign.
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