No Android Wear 2.0 update for Sony SmartWatch 3, users sign petition


Owners of the Sony SmartWatch 3 have pulled the shortest straw, for it seems they will forever remain on a legacy operating system. Sony announced the wearable won't see an upgrade to Android Wear 2.0, for tests showed it lacks the guts to handle the new version. In Sony's words, they "found the current operating system version delivered the most consistent and stable experience."

So be it, then? No, not really, as understandably upset users have already signed a petition for Sony to deliver an update. But the wearable will turn three years old this year, and we could see how it might be too elderly to hang out with the Android Wear 2.0 youngsters at this point. At least it won't feel left out, for the Samsung Gear Live, the original Moto 360, and the LG G Watch will be keeping it company in the Android Wear 1.x club-museum.

The Android Wear 2.0 update has been ready for distribution since Feb 8, bringing big new features like standalone apps, a design makeover, messaging functionality, revamped notification cards, contact-less payments, and Google Assistant to eligible devices. The roll-out has just begun, and brand-new smartwatches are coming by the likes of LG, Tag Heuer, Casio, ZTE, and Swarovski. Sony, meanwhile, seems to be disinterested in the smartwatch market. It hasn't followed up on the SmartWatch 3, and no information has surfaced to suggest any new devices in the works.

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12 Comments

4. AlikMalix unregistered

This is what, honestly, what is keeping me away from android: inconsistency, uncertainty, lack of any forsight for consumers.

5. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

You've been buying a new iPhone almost every year, why would you care about support beyond 3 years other than to make a pot shot comment.

6. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That's actually a pretty reasonable question, all things considered.

10. AlikMalix unregistered

I buy a new iPhones once every two years - I have made that clear multiple times when I talked about my 2 year contracts. But I still have my 5 and 5s and use them for other things like remote cameras, dedicated music players, and for kids. I want to insure that all dedicated securitiy holes have been patched - a lot of personal data and tracking is done on those older devices. But particularly - I still have my 2012 iPad 3 (it is the only iPad in my family). I like new features on it as well as on my phones. The iPad is primarily for my daughter now but it holds some of my work documents and apps for blueprint editing, PDF editing, document and invoices when I need it in the field. It's secure, it's comparable with my brand new devices and most importantly there's no gaps in features and UI layout between my new iPhones and old iPad. Furthermore, my first iPhone was a 3GS which I kept for 4.5 years (that 4.5 years of current updates) and after iOS 7 came out (obviously my iPhone 3GS didn't get it) it stilll got a security update even after I sold it. Someone is was using my 5 year old device that's fully secure and with modern features. And that brings me to my main point. What if I decide to keep my 5s and not not get 6s (the only reason I got it is for Apple pay) - I prefer the 5s design and size! Today it's still fast, running iOS 7, iOS 8, ios9, ios10. And I bet you will get ios11. I can always sell it with latest software giving me ability to market it with latest feature. Same as if I was to buy a smartwatch - which I would actually keep longer than at least 3 years - I would like it to have latest software. Bottom line I prefer to know that I will not be stuck with a version that's prone to stagefright, and countless other malware holes currently pleating older versions of android. Is my explanation fair? It's about control - knowing that my devices won't be abandoned by manufacturer anytime soon.

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

sony didn't need people's signs, or petition... sony need money :-/

11. wereallbiased

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

1st world problems.

12. wereallbiased

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

in all seriousness though...isn't this watch almost 3 years old now? that's old tech...just buy a new watch peeps.

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