In March Sony had told CNET that they would like to stick to their own OS for SmartWatches in lieu of joining the Android Wear OS league just like its contemporaries. Now Sony has completely reversed its stance by introducing its first wearable that runs on Android Wear OS, Sony Smartwatch 3.
Sony unveiled this smartwatch at IFA, Berlin on 3rd September 2014. It sports a sleeker design than its predecessor, the SmartWatch 2, and packs a sharper 1.6-inch 320 × 320 resolution LCD transreflective screen that Sony says will improve outdoor visibility. Sony SmartWatch 3 leans toward a sporty look and seems to prioritize ruggedness with a steel-backed case, interchangeable silicon straps, and an IP68 waterproof rating. This has made the smartwatch a little bulky though.
Sony plans to add Walkmann app to enable user to listen music without even being connected to its smartphone. Thanks to its 4 GB inbuilt memory that would help store more data. This wearable runs on Quad ARM A7 processor spinning at 1.2 GHz supported by 512 MB RAM. It offers a impressive fusion of Voice, Touch and Gesture input.
Sony Smartwatch 3 is optimized to work well with devices running on Android 4.3 and later. It features Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and micro USB connectivity. 420mA battery lasts for upto 2 days. It has a wide variety of pre installed apps. There are various inbuilt features that allows you to set a goal and then this smartwatch keep track on it as you are on the go. You can easily monitor your daily activity.
SmartWatch 3 will cost €229 or approx $299. These wearables will be shipped in the autumn.