Android Wear has been introduced by Google as the search engine giant's watered-down wearables platform for the company's mobile enhancements on the wrist, but some companies refuse to go the Android Wear route -- offering their customers full-blown Android on the wrist with few compromises. Chinese company No.1 is one of these rebel companies that has yet to embrace Android Wear. When it released the D5 smartwatch a while back, it ran Android 4.4 KitKat (the same OS as that of some veteran smartphones). With a full-blown smartphone OS running on a smartwatch, there's very little that a smartwatch couldn't do. The company behind the Android KitKat smartwatch is soon to announce and release a full-blown Lollipop smartwatch into the wild.
Since the old smartwatch is called the D5, this new smartwatch will be called the D6 and come with Android 5.1 Lollipop. Of course, the OS itself is outdated, considering that Google announced Android 6.0 Marshmallow back in September with the announcement of its Huawei Nexus 6P and that Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is the latest build in Marshmallow. Android 5.1 Lollipop is about eight months old, and Marshmallow is all tech enthusiasts really care about nowadays. If you're someone who just wants your smartwatch to run fluid and smooth, you won't mind Android Lollipop, but I mention this here for those who're curious about this sort of thing.
As for the No. 1 D6, it will come with a leather band pre-installed, though it seems as though No. 1 may give customers the option to swap out bands -- a practice that is becoming quite popular with the major players in the smartwatch space, including Google with its latest MODE wristbands. There's little we know about the device, outside of the above factors and the D6's square smartwatch factor (which may not be your cup of tea or java if you prefer the circular form for style and elegance), but some will see it as excellent for reading messages and responding to them.
We have no information as to when the No. 1 D6 will be available, but we have obtained photos of the upcoming smartwatch. Again, they don't give away much, and they don't tell us a price or availability, but we report the information that we've received at this time. If there's any update, we'll let you know.
You can take a look at the No. 1 D6 photo gallery (courtesy of Android Headlines) below to see what the Chinese manufacturer has in store for consumers. Chinese companies are challenging major players in the smartwatch space, but with Android Wear having some new success and seeing growth with customers, we wonder if No. 1 should've decided to jump on the Android Wear bandwagon.