Swatch to launch Swiss smartwatch operating system by 2018

Monday 20 March 2017 1 month ago 51   Switzerland/ Zurich   Print

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Report  Web desk : Swatch Group is developing a Swiss-made operating system as it seeks to offer a smaller, more flexible alternative to the dominant systems which connect items such as smartwatches to the internet, its chief executive said. The world’s biggest watchmaker has been skeptical about smartwatches, which use systems like Google’s Android Wear, Samsung’s Tizen OS and Apple’s WatchOS to connect to the internet, and has so far launched watches with limited connected features under its Tissot and Swatch brands. CCS Insight expects the market for smart wearables to almost double to 185 million units worth $16.9 billion by 2021. Nick Hayek said the biggest problems facing competitors’ smartwatches related to energy consumption and privacy. Swatch Group, whose brands include Omega, said last month it was working with Swiss research institute CSEM to launch an “ecosystem” for connected objects by the end of 2018. (01)