After months of rumors that the OnePlus watch was back in development, it was officially confirmed by OnePlus CEO himself Pete Lau in an interview with Entrance.
While the company had previously abandoned its plans to release a smartwatch, rumors have flared up around the brand’s own launch of the OnePlus 8T with a tweeted tease with a sketchy image of a wearable with the quote “What could have been but never will be. Sketches around 2015”, referring to his abandoned product.
Sadly, Lau didn’t disclose why the company went back to work on a smartwatch in the far-reaching interview, nor any particular details on what a OnePlus watch would have included to get the edge over today’s smartwatches. But he told Input that the company is working with Google to “try to improve connectivity between the Wear OS ecosystem, Android TV and Android smartphones to create this capability for better device interoperability in ecosystems.”
It sounds a lot like chasing Apple’s level of interoperability – the seamless transfer of information within its ecosystem that allows messages, calls / FaceTime and now audio connectivity to flow between platforms. We’ll have to wait and see what this partnership can develop, but such close interaction suggests it will run Google’s Wear OS.
At least we know it’s really in development
That’s it for the new OnePlus watch information, but the official confirmation is nothing. The rest are rumors: the existence of the smartwatch had been leaked in August, and further unconfirmed information suggested a rounded body design. Heck, another rumor suggested there was a OnePlus Watch Cyberpunk 2077 edition, presumably to go alongside the OnePlus 8T Cyberpunk 2077 Edition.
But we expect more rumors now that we know the OnePlus watch is officially in development, and hopefully now that the cat is out of the bag, the brand will be more available with details.