Sony Announces SmartWatch, Brings Android to Your Wrist

rated by 0 users
This post has 8 Replies | 1 Follower

Top 10 Contributor
Posts 24,907
Points 1,117,710
Joined: Sep 2007
ForumsAdministrator
News Posted: Thu, Apr 12 2012 3:05 PM
Remember when everyone was strapping those iPod nanos to their wrists? Sony saw an opportunity for a product there, and it’s the Sony Smartwatch.

Technically, the SmartWatch is just an accessory, not a standalone device (unless you only want to use it as a watch), but it’s still a sweet little gadget. The device connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth, notifies you of things like incoming calls and emails, and allows you to respond.

The SmartWatch has a 1.3-inch OLED touch screen (128 x 128) and works with most devices packing Android 2.1 and up. The dust- and splash-proof SmartWatch comes with a black rubber wristband, although there are five other colors (pink, white, mint, grey, and blue) you can choose from, as well. The device just clips on the wristband, so there’s really nothing preventing you from attaching it to something else equally convenient.

For $149.99, the SmartWatch can be yours, and you’ll no longer have to strap that big old Android smartphone to your bicep when you’re out for a run.



Store your Smartphone: SmartWatch from Sony Brings Android Power Straight to Wrist
Innovative Android™ accessory from Sony allows you to stay connected when your phone is stowed in your pocket or bag

Sony Mobile Communications announces the availability of its new SmartWatch, a wearable device that extends the power of Android smartphones by sending timely and personal information from your smartphone straight to your wrist. A vibration and screen alert notifies you of key events, like an incoming call. It also allows you to read texts and emails as well as receive Facebook™ and Twitter™ updates – all from your wrist.

SmartWatch from Sony connects to Android smartphones via Bluetooth™ giving you the ability to control key functions without removing your smartphone from your pocket or bag. With just a tap, touch, and swipe, SmartWatch turns from a watch displaying the time to a remote information center for your Android smartphone.

A growing number of apps are available for download through Google Play – including those for social updates, workouts and music – all customized for the 1.3-inch OLED SmartWatch touch screen. While SmartWatch works with these existing apps, Android developers can create apps specifically for the device. SmartWatch works with most Android (2.1 and above) smartphones.

"SmartWatch is the first of many Smart Extras that seamlessly connect and expand the smartphone's reach and user experience," said Paul Hamnett, President and Head of Customer Unit, North America, Sony Mobile Communications. "Designed to break free from the single screen experience, SmartWatch provides access to live content and entertainment on the go."

The durable SmartWatch is dust proof and splash proof and comes with a black rubber wristband included in the box. Wristbands in five additional colors are available for purchase. SmartWatch's design includes a rear mounted clip, so it can be removed from the wristband and attached to clothing or a belt.

At launch, SmartWatch has a suggested retail price of $149.99 and will be available at http://www.sony.com/smartwatch and Sony stores. SmartWatch availability at additional retailers will be announced soon.

SmartWatch is part of Sony Mobile Communications' strategy to create Smart Extras that make Android smartphones smarter.

Key Features of Sony Xperia™ SmartWatch:

Dimensions: 1.42 X 1.42 X 0.3 in
Weight: 0.55 oz
Display: 1.3" OLED display, 128 x 128 pixels
Compatibility: Bluetooth™ 3.0 and Android™ 2.1 or above
Connectivity: Standard USB charging
Battery life: Up to 4 days
Language support for: English, Spanish, French, Chinese (Traditional), Portuguese, Swedish, Russian, Danish, Polish, Japanese, Czech, German, Modern Greek, Dutch
Notifications: Display notification or vibration
Apps: All events (displays in chronological order), Messaging (SMS/MMS), corporate E-mail (for Sony™ and Sony Ericsson Android phones), Gmail (for all other Android smartphones) Calendar Notifications, Facebook™, Twitter™, Music Player, Call handling (call, mute, reject, or answer and send pre-defined SMS), Pre-defined SMS, e.g. missed calls – I'm busy, messaging - call me, email – ok, Battery strength, Find phone, and Weather widget. Plus lots of apps on Android™ market.
Additional SmartWatch bands available in pink, white, mint, grey and blue
  • | Post Points: 95
Not Ranked
Posts 45
Points 330
Joined: Jan 2012
Diggity0 replied on Thu, Apr 12 2012 9:03 PM

I'm getting one!

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 25
Points 245
Joined: Oct 2011
ATigre replied on Fri, Apr 13 2012 2:10 AM

I'm still waiting for the "TV/camera phone/ spy watch".

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 78
Points 660
Joined: Oct 2011

That looks very, very sweet.

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 10 Contributor
Posts 5,048
Points 60,675
Joined: May 2008
Location: U.S.
Moderator
3vi1 replied on Fri, Apr 13 2012 1:23 PM

Remember, it's made by Sony. So in the interest of protecting their profits, future firmware updates may remove some minor features - such as the built-in clock.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

++++++++++++[>++++>+++++++++>+++>+<<<<-]>+++.>++++++++++.-------------.+++.>---.>--.

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 50 Contributor
Posts 3,236
Points 37,910
Joined: Mar 2010
AKwyn replied on Fri, Apr 13 2012 9:58 PM

Reminds me of those Microsoft Smart Watches that never took off; at least it's tiny and running android so it has a lick of chance in the real world...

 

"The future starts with you; now start posting more!"

  • | Post Points: 35
Not Ranked
Posts 3
Points 10
Joined: Apr 2012
Julie18 replied on Wed, Apr 18 2012 3:39 AM

Look great, Thank you for sharing.

 

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 50 Contributor
Posts 2,862
Points 24,260
Joined: Jul 2001
Location: United States, New York
digitaldd replied on Wed, Apr 18 2012 11:54 AM

TaylorKarras:

Reminds me of those Microsoft Spot Watches that never took off; at least it's tiny and running android so it has a lick of chance in the real world...

Lmftfy.. 

 

yes as usual everything old is new again.

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 3
Points 15
Joined: Apr 2012
dyingjedi replied on Thu, Apr 19 2012 3:28 PM

Cheaper then the Motorola version Motoactiv watch! and sounds like longer battery life! Hi5 Sony, IM staying away from it until they implement Solar recharging! and auto-dim maybe thermostat something with more features!

  • | Post Points: 5
Page 1 of 1 (9 items) | RSS