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 Sony Mobile America, told CNET that the company has "already invested time and resources" on its own smart-watch platform and will continue with developing it. This makes it pretty clear that Sony has no interest in Google's watch-friendly Android spin-off at the moment, although there's always a chance that the company will reconsider its plans.
Still, Sony isn't being stubborn, or anti-Google, or anything else but itself, really. While the company will be doing its own thing for the time being, Nookala states that it will continue to work closely with Google on other devices. This stance is understandable. After all, the company is fostering its own Xperia ecosystem and user experience, a project that requires in-house solutions. Besides, Sony's Android-based wearable device plaform has been around for some time, and has powered its SmartWatch, SmartWatch 2, and SmartBand products. It also integrates neatly with other Xperia devices and Sony's factory apps, such as LifeLog. Hopefully, the company's next smart-watches will be at least as impressive as the Moto 360 in terms of design and user interface.
The Sony Mobile USA president also reflected on how its Xperia Z1 has been doing in the states this quarter. 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 US carriers to make the Xperia line more widely available. So far, the Xperia Z1 and last year's Xperia Z have been exclusive to T-Mobile.
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