Sony smart-watches won't wear Android Wear, Xperia Z1 sales up 25%

Sony smart-watches won't wear Android Wear, Xperia Z1 sales up 25%

Are you excited for Android Wear? Yes?Good. Sony, on the other hand, isn't. Ravi Nookala, president of SonyMobile America, told CNET that the company has "alreadyinvested time and resources" on its own smart-watch platformand will continue with developing it. This makes it pretty clear thatSony has no interest in Google's watch-friendly Android spin-off atthe moment, although there's always a chance that the company willreconsider its plans.

Still, Sony isn't being stubborn, oranti-Google, or anything else but itself, really. While the companywill be doing its own thing for the time being, Nookala states thatit will continue to work closely with Google on other devices. This stance is understandable. After all, the company is fostering its ownXperia ecosystem and user experience, a project that requiresin-house solutions. Besides, Sony's Android-based wearable deviceplaform has been around for some time, and has powered itsSmartWatch, SmartWatch 2, and SmartBand products. It also integratesneatly with other Xperia devices and Sony's factory apps, such asLifeLog. Hopefully, the company's next smart-watches will be at leastas impressive as the Moto 360 in terms of design and user interface.

The Sony Mobile USA president alsoreflected on how its Xperia Z1 has been doing in the states thisquarter. According to him, sales of the smartphone are up 20% to 25%compared to those of the original Xperia Z from the same last year.Nookala added that Sony is in discussions with the four major UScarriers to make the Xperia line more widely available. So far, theXperia Z1 and last year's Xperia Z have been exclusive to T-Mobile.

source: CNET



1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I love Android wear and I think it's much better than the current software on SmartWatch 2, but I'm interested to see how Sony's going to develop it!

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Problems with this situation is that Sony watches will only be able to talk to Sony smartphones. At this point in time, that is not a good thing for Sony because not that many people have Sony smartphones. So for now Sony should adopt the wider standard to sell watches without having to bundle them. Later on they could try a Tizen style spinoff, but that would also be stupid because they could just as easily focus resources into their Android offering. I am not a fan of fragmenting the ecosystem with 10 useless supportless OSes, why not build your own fork of Android so I don't have to think about your smartphones past it being a good smartphone.

9. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Actually I believe Sony smartwatch can talk to most android phones, not just Sony's

10. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

lol wrong. Sony SmartWatch goes perfectly with ANY ANDROID phone...

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Great, now they just need to make sure they keep up with wear apis and all is well.

2. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

yes really great news for SONY sales up and should compete with samsung cheap plastic SONY WHY COMPROMISE MAKE AND BELIEVE LIKE NO OTHERS

7. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

whats wrong with you? what sony smartphone has cheap plastic, please tell me which sony flagship from 2013 or 14 even comes close to being a cheap plastic quality product like samsungs?

8. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

you understood me wrong, im giving credit to SONY, i really like sony, i said samsung uses cheap plastic not sony, sony is the only oems that is using dragontrail glass which is dearer than gorrila3

13. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

oh my bad i thought you were saying why compromise like samsung, sorry

3. choklatwasted

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

i bet if they brought the Z2 to the US (specifically TMobile) sales would continue to go up :)

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Go Sony!

5. Troysyx

Posts: 181; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

I can kind of see where Sony is coming from. But I hope they realize that they are going to have to work really hard to compete with Android Wear. Competition is always good

11. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Of course they've invested in their own platform and APIs, and they have released three generations of smart watches. They have been the first (when they still were SonyEricsson) to release an Android smartwatch. Anyway I think that, in the end, they will switch to Google's platform, simply noone will be able to compete.

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