The number of smartwatches on the market is growing fast. The world’s first modular smartwatch was revealed last month and Swiss watchmaker Movado unveiled no less than three smartwatches last month in response to the Tag Heuer Connected. With such big names entering the mix, it’s difficult for smaller brands to make a splash, however, UK-based OXY has revealed a unique take on the smartwatch that’s set to shake up the market.
ELF OS and Open Source
The key difference between the OXY and other Android smartwatches is that it runs on Android 5.11 ELF OS, not Android Wear like most smartwatches. ELF OS is based on Lollipop and at first glance, it has a striking resemblance to Android Wear.
The key reason for choosing ELF OS was because the company wanted to make an open-source smartwatch. And open-source it is – ELF OS’ source code has been shared in the BitBucket repository and developers are therefore welcome to play with it. The OXY is also the first smartwatch in the world that will play nice with Android, iOS, and Windows, and as a result, it is the first smartwatch in the world that will appeal to users of all major mobile operating systems. It connects to devices via Bluetooth 4.1 and the official support list includes devices running Android 4.3 or higher, iOS 8 or higher and Windows 10.
This is a very clever move from OXY – they have effectively increased the desirability of their only smartwatch tri-fold.
Premium design and excellent battery life
On the design front, the OXY looks great. It’s available in two designs – round or square – and two colors – black or silver. The case is made from 316L stainless steel. It’s got IP67 water-resistance certification and Corning Gorilla Glass protects the display.
Speaking of which, the display on the round version is a 1.39-inch, 400×400 AMOLED affair while on the square version you get a 1.63-inch, 320×320 AMOLED display. Packed into the case is everything you expect of a smartwatch, including a gyroscope, 3D CTP, vibrating motor, accelerometer, and magnetometer. So tracking your daily steps isn’t an issue for the OXY. Of course, it also has a built-in speaker and magnetic charging. On the battery front, you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that the OXY’s 350mAh battery has a quoted battery life of around 3 days – that’s way better than that of the Apple Watch and a step forward from the current generation of smartwatches.
Overall then the OXY smartwatch looks like the real deal. It appears well made, extremely stylish and if those battery life claims live up to the promise it’ll be a great companion.
To find out more about the OXY, visit the official website.