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Sony Smartwatch 2 goes official: water-resistant, open API

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Sony Smartwatch 2 goes official: water-resistant, open API
Sony has just unveiled its impressive water-proof phablet, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, but along with it comes an accessory that many have been waiting for - the Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2.

The new SmartWatch 2 allows you to check your calls, messages, emails and notifications without reaching for your smartphone. It's got a 1.6-inch 220 x 176-pixel touchscreen and a gorgeous aluminum body. Moreover, it is water-resistant (IP57 certification) like the Xperia Z Ultra. It will of course work with other Android smartphones as well with the requirement being they feature Android 4.0 or newer, but it will not be compatible with the iPhone or iPad.

The user interface of the gadget has been overhauled to better work with touch and be closer to that of Android. The new Sony SmartWatch comes with 200 applications from the start and an open API for developers to bring their own apps. You can also control your music with it and connect it to a Bluetooth headset via NFC to receive and end calls. The battery life of the device is said to be around four days and it charges via standard microUSB.

The Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 comes in a variety of colors for the strap and actually you can just use any standard 24mm watch strap. It - of course - works as a standalone watch as well. The smartwatch is coming this September in black and the price is yet unknown.

source: Sony

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posted on 25 Jun 2013, 03:49 12

1. hms2407 (Posts: 94; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)

I threw my money at the screen and nothing happened !

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 03:51 8

3. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

its because you didn't threw it hard enough ! I threw my wallet (almost all metal) and now I've a huge scratch on my screen :(

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 06:53 1

13. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

I threw my credit card and now it's broken.

Problem, JP Morgan?

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 03:49 1

2. tatail (Posts: 259; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)

Looks elegant, but if you look at the specification it states:

NOT suitable for showering, bathing, swimming, diving, snorkeling, water related work and fishing.

So, the title should be changed to splash resistant not water resistant.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 05:04 2

9. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)

It's a warning to those who are fool thinking that gadgets are like toys that you can leave anywhere..

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 03:53

4. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)

Wonderful, only not a word about battery life which is what normally kills the deal with this kind of gadgests.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 04:06 3

5. tatail (Posts: 259; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)

it is available on Sony's website.

Low usage 7 days*
Normal usage, 3-4 days*
*Watch always on

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 11:48

16. joey_sfb (Posts: 6624; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

I using the current version, the battery life is 2 to 3 days. Very useful for me as i pair it with my galaxy tab 7.7. The only negative is that the strap break quite easy but they include an adapter so i could buy my own 20mm leather wrist straps.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 04:07

6. AshishRomea (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

Awesome !

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 04:17

7. venkatvijay (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Jun 2013)

now we havt to carry one mobile, one watch + bluetooth also...

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 04:59

8. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

curiosity...but progress needs such peculiarities

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 05:15

10. ianbbaa (Posts: 332; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)

ANT+ support would made this perfect companion...pity that SONY quit to support ANT+ as quick as they started with 2011 devices....

...where is SD card, headphone jack, nano SIM card for call redirection when i leave Z ULTRA at home for jogging....maybe next time....

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 05:34

11. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)

z ultra has its accompanying bluetooth headset that has FM radio. you can use that. or just grab those water resistant earphones from sony with mp3 player. they cost around $50 only.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 06:11

12. taikucing (unregistered)

And apple wants to patent the smartwatch...

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 09:38 2

14. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

Thank God i didn't buy the previous version
this one is damn elegant

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 11:44

15. Lauticol (Posts: 376; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)

Doesn't have Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, just 3.0.. Big disappointment

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 13:27

17. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)

I'm waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Altius.

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 01:20

18. valapsp (Posts: 562; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)

First of all I LOVE IT. but it has some shortages such as bluetooth 3 and not bluetooth 4. low battery life compared to its rivals out there, no native google now support, no heart rate measurement or what so ever, no light sensor...

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