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Sony's SmartWatch 3 rumored to come sans Android Wear, but wireless charging and Wi-Fi might be aboard

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Sony's SmartWatch 3 rumored to come sans Android Wear, but wireless charging and Wi-Fi might be aboard
The rumor mill has it that Sony is prepping the third generation of its SmartWatch wearable, which is tipped to be unveiled at the company's event at this year's IFA. The information is still pretty scarce at this point, but at least we get to bask in a decent amount of rumors, concernig the wearable. For example, its overall design will be almost the same as the squareish one of the Sony SmartWatch 2, if the rumors hold water, that is. We wouldn't be surprised if this turns out to be the case, as Sony usually sticks with one and the same product design for quite some time. 

The specs sheet will remain a mystery until Sony lifts the veil off of it, but one of the rumors suggests that Sony's SmartWatch 3 will come with a transflective display (which should provide more than adequate visibility under the sun) with improved resolution in comparison with its prequel. On-board Wi-FI module and wireless charging might be also on board. We suppose that the smartwatch will be water-resistant as well.

Several months ago we told you that Sony is apparently not considering an Android Wear wearable just yet. However, the manufacturer later stated that "the door is definitely not closed to Android Wear". That being said, the latest round of rumors does not suggest that Sony will employ Google's Android Wear - on the contrary, it will use a homemade platform, unlike the SmartWatch 2, which is running Android. Additionally, the design of the user interface of the Sony SmartWatch 3 is said to be pretty different from its previous iteration.

Well, we guess that we will find out about Sony's purported upcoming smart wearable in the followiong weeks. The device will undoubtedly face rough competition from its other rivals on the wearable market, which is gradually getting more crowded - the first crop of Android Wear devices (the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch), as well as Motorola's wildly-anticipated Moto 360 will surely give the Sony SmartWatch 3 a run for its money. It's going to be an exciting September, isn't it?

Note: The smartwatch in the thumbnail is the Sony SmartWatch 2.

source: Digi-Wo via G4Games

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posted on 15 Aug 2014, 05:29 7

1. kent-gaga (Posts: 572; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

for me not running android wear is not a downside
at least for now cause android wear still sucks at some levels

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 06:01 7

3. Genza (Posts: 576; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)

Some says that Sony decided to use is own os, due to the fact that Android wear is too power hungry.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 06:06

4. sgodsell (Posts: 4761; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

I still have my original Sony smart watch. Compared to my Gear Live, there not only is a huge difference in resolution and overall specs, but Android wear has a lot more features. Battery life is the only thing that is better on the Sony smart watches right now. But I got into the ritual of charging the watch when I charge my phone. That and a few apps that are still on Sony. All current smart watches require that you develop apps for the smart watches in order to bring features and functionality to the watches. This includes pebble, Samsung's Gear's, I'm watch and others. The only platform so far that has added something new to the game is Android wear. Not only can you make apps for the smart watch using regular Android programming, but now you can just inject some Android wear code to existing Android phone or tablet apps. Developers don't even need to create a standalone app for the Android wear watch. Just look at the remote shutter for Android wear. There is no watch app. The functionality is embedded into the original phone camera app. This is also true now for the movies and chromecast support, music apps and more. As far as I can see Android wear is awesome and its only going to get better now that Sony is going to join Android wear. This brings the total number of Android wear watches up to 6 now. Motorola, Samsung, LG, HTC, Asus, and now Sony.
Clearly you have something in your mind that makes Android wear suck in some levels. Please do tell. Or are you just trolling.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 07:40

9. Gadgety (Posts: 172; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

Thank you for this micro review. BTW it says Sony sans AW, which means without it.

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 01:55

14. kent-gaga (Posts: 572; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

Well i didn't say that Ảndroid Wear sucks in 'every' level as it's very potential. What I meant to say is that it still has a long way to go if Google wants it to be successful.
I'm a sony fan and I'm using Walkman player instead of Google Play Music and every time I tell the watch to "play music" it open the search result on the web. It only play the music if you have the GPM installed on your phone.
2nd, when you say something incorrectly, for example a mispelled text, and you'll have to touch the screen to cancel it. it should have the option to use voice command to cancel the action
These are just only 2 of many many stupid things that i remember from a week of using the g watch
BT there's an app to use the smartwatch 2 as a screen to take photos on the play store

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 05:33 3

2. HamzAmin (Posts: 81; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)

What is the use of these android wearable devices? Just a selling point for companies nothing else.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 07:38 2

8. Gadgety (Posts: 172; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

If there is no use, how can there be a selling point?

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 14:00

12. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 433; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)

Lol. Apparently for Hamz, a selling point is the same thing as a product...

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 08:38

10. sonyfanboy (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)

People have a lot of money to sunk that is the only use. After this upcoming wearable's are smart shoes, socks paints, smart underwear's so on...

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 12:37

11. HamzAmin (Posts: 81; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)

Hahahaha :D

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 06:35

5. nodes (Posts: 761; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)

aww yeah wifi on my watch!

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 07:28

6. vuyonc (Posts: 1062; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

Interesting but risky move. They must intend solid in-house app support, superior battery life and/or good pricing because smartwatches are equally uninteresting (for now) with Android Wear.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 14:02

13. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 433; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)

But the apps will always be superior on Android, Apple, and perhaps Amazon if they try to get in on the action. No other companies will be able to attract enough developers to make legit app stores.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 07:28 1

7. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)

I'd like a Sony Smartwatch but with Android Wear app compatibility.

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