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Sony Smartwatch 3 expected in September but not with Android Wear

Kevin C. Tofel

With all the recent smartwatch talk about Samsung’s Gear Live, LG’s G-Watch and the upcoming Moto 360, it’s easy to overlook Sony. The company has actually been making touchscreen smartwatches for the past few years and it appears likely to debut a refreshed model next month. Don’t expect it to run Google’s Android Wear software though.

On Friday, G for Games reported the third-generation of Sony’s smartwatch should debut in early September at Berlin’s IFA show. A credible source suggests the new model will have a higher resolution and support wireless charging; something the prior two Sony smartwatches didn’t offer. The company is sticking with the square form it already uses for its smartwatches but may add some ruggedized features such as protection from dust and water.

While a new user interface is expected, it won’t look like the Android Wear watches on the market because Sony has already developed software for wearable devices long before Android Wear arrived. G for Games seems surprised that Sony won’t be using Android Wear on a new watch, but I’d actually be more surprised if it did: Sony isn’t a listed partner on the Android Wear website:

Obviously, Sony has experience in this market with its prior models. My hope is that the company has learned some lessons from those efforts. I bought the first model and quickly regretted it but the second time around, Sony did improve the experience. Perhaps third time’s a charm, as they say.

In any case, if Sony doesn’t get it right, it could be facing an uphill battle against the many Android Wear devices on the market or coming soon. No, Android Wear isn’t perfect either, but I don’t see Google easily abandoning the opportunity to quickly make it better and get even more data on what kind of information people are looking for from their wrist.

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