The market for Android wristwatches is growing as it looks like OnePlus is prepared to return to the competition with the OnePlus Watch 2.

The new smartwatch is the first that the Chinese developer has released since the OnePlus Watch, which was met with mixed reviews in 2021. The developer made the announcement on Tuesday. Despite the delay, the company has released very few details thus far, and they all seem to be focused on creating a mobile device “ecosystem” and having extremely long battery lives, much like their rivals Google and Samsung.

The Watch 2 was marketed as having up to 100 hours of battery life in “Smart Mode,” which OnePlus may be using as a catch-all term for a low-power mode. The company also unveiled the first pictures of the new gadget, showcasing its sapphire crystal watch face and stainless steel body. Black steel and radiant steel are the two colors available for the device.

The first smartwatch from OnePlus received harsh criticism for lacking support for third-party apps and having poor health and fitness tracking—two aspects that have long been essential to the use and viability of smartwatches. These two elements determine a smartwatch’s fate in many respects, and it seems that OnePlus has taken note of that.

In response, the company undertook a “reflective pause” after the release of the OnePlus Watch, according to OnePlus president and COO Kinder Liu. He continued, saying, “We are more confident than ever about this product, and this confidence is not unfounded.”

Although there are currently no details available regarding the Watch 2’s fitness and health systems, Liu’s statement is somewhat supported by the announcement that it will include “meticulous health monitoring.”

Additionally, the company withheld information regarding support for third-party apps, probably in anticipation of the device’s full unveiling on Sunday at Mobile World Congress. The addition of a new smartwatch is in keeping with the company’s stated goal to create a device ecosystem as it expands its presence in the Android mobile market, especially in light of the launch of the OnePlus Pad, the company’s first tablet, and the OnePlus Open, its first foldable smartphone, last year. Hopefully, this time around, OnePlus won’t be able to focus solely on battery life.

Topics #Fitness Tracking #Health Monitoring #Mobile World Congress #OnePlus Watch 2 #smartwatches