Swatch says it still plans to launch Swiss OS no later than early 2019

Another major player is about to enter the fray

In March 2017, Swatch CEO Nick Hayek revealed that the Swiss watchmaker was working on a smartwatch operating system named 'Swiss OS', which would launch in late 2018. Then everything went quiet - but the company has told us we can expect its smartwatch software to debut soon.

A spokesperson for the company told Wareable that Swatch is "still planning to release an operating system" and that this could be by the end of the year, or the beginning of 2019. Swatch says Hayek always said 2019 was a possibility, although it was widely reported that we'd see it no later than the end of this year.

Read this: Why it's time for a second Swatch revolution

Swatch is taking its time, but that's understandable for a company that - as it reminded us - is not active in the field of consumer electronics. Yet.

Swatch plans to debut Swiss OS on a Tissot-branded smartwatch, but it's still unclear how many devices Swatch plans to build its technology into.

It would be good timing for the company: Google and Qualcomm have just set foundations for the next wave of Wear OS smartwatches with the new Qualcomm 3100 processor, but many doubt that they've done enough. This could be a good time for Swatch to strike.

Swatch has promised an OS with fewer software updates than rivals and "Swiss vault"-grade protection of user data (although this doesn't seem like a huge problem for people right now). It should also be less battery hungry, another way it could trump Wear OS and the Apple Watch.

Swatch says it still plans to launch 'Swiss OS' by start of 2019


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