Sony launched its Smart Watch2 yesterday, which it characterized as a second screen for your Android device. The release comes amidst rumors that Apple is also pursuing a smartwatch, dubbed by some as the iWatch. Microsoft is also reportedly developing a similar product. Sony was quick to point out that it offered a Bluetooth watch back in 2007, so it’s ahead of the game.
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“Combining form and function in a sleek design, it serves as a multi-functional watch, notifier, Android app interface and phone remote control, all-in-one,” Sony said.
The NFC-enabled SmartWatch 2 includes a 1.6-inch, 220-by-176-pixel color display that users can swipe through to read, even in sunlight. It is rated IP57 — meaning it resists dust and can be submerged in water up to 1 meter. It will survive a rainstorm, but don’t take it in the shower or pool.
The SmartWatch 2 can access email, text messages, calls, Facebook, and a wide variety of other applications through pairing with an Android smartphone. You can answer a call with the touch your wrist; take a photo remotely using the camera app; adjust the volume or track on your music player; or use it as a fitness tracker in conjunction with apps like Runtastic.
Sony’s smartwatch will be compatible with devices running Android 4.0 and later, as well as Bluetooth 3.0. Sony claims the device has the “longest battery life for a smart watch”, with five to six days for low usage and three to four days of typical usage.
Sony said the SmartWatch 2 will be available worldwide starting in Sept. 2013, but the pricing was not disclosed.