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06-22-2013, 05:00 AM #1
Sony Teases New Smart Watch as Rumors of Apple's "iWatch" Linger
Sony has recently begun hyping the debut of a smart watch wrist-worn accessory at next week’s Mobile Asia Expo, potentially expanding its role in a market that Apple is rumored to be eyeing. Among other promotional Twitter posts advertising products from the Xperia line of devices, Sony’s official Xperia account reminded users this week of the company’s heritage of “wearable tech” specifically referring to the Walkman. The tweets also mention their existing wearable Android devices including the SmartWatch, calling it the “only wearable device with 200 #firstgen apps on @GooglePlay.”
The Japanese electronics manufacturer then tweeted a statistic that found that one in three people are looking for a wrist watch that would pair with their smartphone. Though potential watches from Apple, Google and Samsung have made headliners for many months, Sony has been offering a watch product since 2007. In 2010, the company released the Sony Ericcson LiveView, a device which was panned by most critics and didn’t feature a touch display. Last year, Sony replaced the LiveView with the Xperia SmartWatch, a device which pairs with Android devices running the LiveView app and can run other apps from the Google Play store.
Sony’s tweets suggest that the next watch to be released could fit in the existing Xperia lineup. One of the tweets mentioned the following:
Pocket watch / wristwatch / digital watch / LiveView / SmartWatch / ? #itstime #MAE13.
Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock #itstime #MAE13
Source: Sony Xperia (Twitter) via AppleInsider
06-22-2013, 07:37 AM #2
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06-22-2013, 11:07 AM #4
That'll go well with that Sony phone that everybody has...
06-22-2013, 06:51 PM #5
Include an app similar to find my iPhone that would alert users if they get too far from their devices and display location on a map.
06-22-2013, 08:12 PM #6
Pass as well...
06-23-2013, 01:04 AM #7
IDK too many people who wear a watch nowadays
06-23-2013, 11:41 AM #8
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06-24-2013, 06:58 AM #11
^^ Not everyone you know wheres that kind of watch. Maybe a dress up watch and a G Shock are about all I ever see. The above is not sleek nor sexy. Two things Apple thrives on. I see it hitting he marking and dive bombing with speed.
06-25-2013, 07:27 AM #12
The article doesn't mention that the Sony SmartWatch has been available for about a year, IIRC. Also, the article says 2007 is when they started making Bluetooth watches but that was when they launched the MBW-150. The MBW-100 launched at least a year earlier. I think someone's been reading my posts because I mention my 2007 MBW-150 in a lot of Apple/Bluetooth/smart-watch articles.