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Sony Smartwatch 2 Unveiled: A Second Screen for Your Android Smartphone

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Sony unveiled the brand new Smartwatch 2 this morning, an updated and enhanced version over the previous Smartwatch that came out last year. Smartwatch 2 features a few things not found in last year’s model, such as NFC technology for pairing with devices, a multi-functional message notification system, as well as a more finely-tuned interface. 

Knowing which tasks the Smartwatch 2 is capable of performing might make this wearable device a bit more intriguing. Out of the long list, we can list just a few that should help you get a sense for what this watch can do – answer phone calls, take remote photos, control presentations at your next board meeting with one of Sony’s proprietary applications, read emails and so on and so forth. It sounds impressive and here’s hoping Google comes out with something like this sooner or later down the road.

No price has been set as of yet, but the watch will go on sale beginning in September of this year. For additional info, check out the full presser and embedded video below.

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Press Release

Introducing Sony SmartWatch 2 – the world’s first water-resistant smartwatch with NFC connectivity*

  • A multi-functional message notification device, Android app interface and music remote, all in a sleek and water-resistant design
  • Combines Sony’s technology and design expertise with one-touch connectivity and premium build quality
  • Next-generation Sony SmartWatch offers improved performance, intuitive interface and standalone capability
  • Reaffirms Sony’s leadership in smartwatch and wearable technology segment**

25th June 2013, Mobile Asia Expo, Shanghai – Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today introduces Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2, the most advanced smartwatch available*.

Sony SmartWatch 2 is a second screen for your Android smartphone that, as well as enhancing existing phone functionality, offers unique new benefits. Combining form and function in a sleek design, it serves as a multi-functional watch, notifier, Android app interface and phone remote control, all-in-one.

Openness with Android

App expandability is key to Sony SmartWatch 2. It can be personalised with more dedicated apps than any other smartwatch* to seamlessly suit your needs, whether you are on the go, keeping active, in business meetings or simply at home.

Download a host of SmartWatch apps and experience a range of unique functions – many of which can even be enjoyed without ever needing to reach for your phone:

  • Handle your calls by a simple touch of your wrist
  • Take a photo remotely from your SmartWatch, using a smart camera app
  • Control your presentations remotely using Presentation Pal
  • Taking a run or on the bike? Select a mapping app on SmartWatch to check your route with a quick glance at your wrist
  • Read previously downloaded e-mails when not connected to your phone
  • Use lifestyle apps like Runtastic to map and instantly track your fitness activities on the go
  • Quickly and easily adjust the tracks and volume on your music player, without ever taking your phone from your pocket

SmartWatch 2 is also both sleek and reassuringly robust thanks to its water and dust resistant design, giving you the freedom to enjoy it on the beach or simply on the go – come rain or shine.

An increasing market in wearable tech

A typical smartphone user reaches for their phone many times a day to read messages, check the time, view and make social media updates, use their favourite apps, take photos, listen to music and play mobile games. SmartWatch 2 addresses this need by offering you a convenient touch screen device so you no longer need to remove your phone from your pocket or bag.

“Sony is the proud leader in the smartwatch market** since introducing our first Bluetooth watch in 2007,” says Stefan K Persson, Head of Companion Products at Sony Mobile Communications.

“Competitors are only now launching first generation devices, while we are already launching a 3rd generation device with all the insight gained from over half a million customers combined with Sony’s wealth of technology expertise to create the best ever smartwatch experience.

“The future of wearable devices is incredibly bright with analyst research predicting 41 million ‘smart’ watches will be sold by 2016,” continues Persson. “We have over 200 unique apps dedicated for Sony SmartWatch with over one million downloads to date and we are continuing to work with our strong developer network to deliver ever more compelling smartwatch experiences.”

The best of Sony in a SmartWatch

If you use Android, on either smartphone or tablet, Sony SmartWatch 2 is your ideal smartwatch partner.

It’s easy and convenient to access notifications from your wrist such as messages, calls, email, Facebook™/Twitter™, Calendar, or use it as a remote for your Walkman™ or other digital media player. This wireless accessory is ideal for pairing with large-screen devices, such as the newly announced Xperia™ Z Ultra, in situations which call for discrete usage.

SmartWatch 2 introduces new features as a natural successor to the current Sony SmartWatch such as NFC connectivity for one-touch pairing, stunning premium design and a range of technologies including higher resolution for sharper viewing, better visibility even in sunlight, longer battery stamina, more intuitive interface, standalone watch functionality and a wide range of pre-installed and recommended apps.

When not connected to your phone, SmartWatch 2 works as a standalone digital watch. Read previously received notifications, access the time, set your alarm or even use as a light when searching for your keys.

SmartWatch 2 can also be personalised with any standard 24mm wristband and new Sony watchstraps will soon be available for further expression of your personal style.

Using groundbreaking design, Sony continues to introduce new technologies and has the largest range of NFC accessories available from wireless headsets to portable speakers, TVs, SmartTags and SmartWatch.

Key features for Sony SmartWatch 2 

  • Screen brightness (sunlight readable)
  • Longest battery life for a smartwatch* (battery level indicator shows low battery warning)
  • Water-resistant (IP57)
  • Easy setup (NFC pairing and connecting)
  • Standalone watch functionality
  • Standard micro USB cable for charging
  • User interface similar to Android UI so it is more intuitive
  • Bigger screen with higher resolution (1.6 inch, 220 x 176 pixels)
  • High quality materials (aluminium body and stainless steel wristband)
  • Extended compatibility (works with most Android phones)
  • Swappable wristbands – personalise with any standard 24mm strap

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 will be available worldwide from September 2013.

For all the latest news, views and info on Sony Xperia products, follow @SonyMobileNews on Twitter.

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About Sony Mobile Communications

Sony Mobile Communications is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation, a leading global innovator of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for both the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and online businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Through its Xperia™ smartphone and tablet portfolio, Sony Mobile Communications delivers the best of Sony technology, premium content and services, and easy connectivity to Sony’s world of networked entertainment experiences. For more information: www.sonymobile.com

  • GuyWithQuestions

    Can it be used as a remote?

  • Ben R

    Ummmmm the first Smartwatch came out in 2007, was that last year?

  • feztheforeigner

    Water resistance might actually be a big deal on this device, it means I won’t have to take it off to shower. I’m definitely considering a smart watch more than I was before…

    (Ignoring the press releasing telling me the watch isn’t suitable for the shower)

  • SickPndulm

    Sony says it should have a battery life of 3-4 days depending on usage, be visible in bright sunlight and out worldwide in September

  • Lonnie Kerchief

    Doesn’t look all that different than the MotoACTV, which once rooted can probably do more than this watch. Doesn’t even look that much different.

    • mxracer9111

      Yea I know. I love My MotoACTV. Rooted is cool. Playing angry birds is funny on it. The only positive about this watch is NFC and possibly battery life if 2-3 days is true.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I want mine from the source. With a ui like glass. Nfc could be cool. Maybe something with handshakes? I don’t want any data options. Just make BLE amazing.

  • Nathaniel Newman

    Well this will be as much as the phone! No thanks!

  • kane

    A new and improved way to accidentally call your ex while drunk

  • Tyler Durden

    If only I can talk into it and say “Olympus has fallen. POTUS is safe”.

  • mx

    Life changing, lol.

  • dmagicp

    If it’s under 300 bucks it’s getting bought. Simple as that. I bleed green and I’m an Android. Lol!

  • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

    It’s kinda comical seeing as a Sony Smartwatch can get NFC before the iPhone!

    • Richard

      Is it sad or is it comical? Make up your mind. Better yet, stop repeat posting off topic comments.

      That is all.

  • paul_cus

    Interested as long as the price isn’t crazy. I hate having to pull my phone from my pocket to change tracks when I’m listening to music. Might get this for that reason alone.

  • landon

    Pretty cool

  • teejaycard

    I messed around with the Smartwatch 1 I guess you’d call it, I just hope they address the fact hat a lot of it’s features didn’t work with just any android device but was tailored to their Sony phones.

    • teejaycard

      I have the Pebble now and I absolutely love it! It’ll take a lot of new features and tricks to get me to move to a different smartwatch.

      • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

        Just curious… how you would feel about a color screen? Is that something you want on your watch, or is the black and white more elegant and cool? All things being equal, would you rather have a Pebble with a color screen?

        And I’m not exactly sure how the Sony watchface works. Is it always on with a color screen? Cause that would kill battery quick you would think.

        • http://www.techmantis.net/ Minja Miketa

          I really love my Pebble. A colored screen would be cool, but I would rather not sacrifice my battery life. Also, the Sony watch not being really waterproof os a no go for me.

          • FAL_Fan

            Wow I really didn’t even notice that it wasn’t waterproof until you pointed that out…I guess this one is a no go after all :-

          • Charles
          • Raidy

            Hm IP57 is “immersion between 15cm and 1m depth” for liquid. So you could wash your hands or even shower with it. Just not go swimming. Seems waterproof enough for typical use, no?

          • http://www.techmantis.net/ Minja Miketa

            Don’t forget that in the shower the watch is getting bombarded with water which means that it is more pressure. Besides that I like swimming with my watch.

          • Raidy

            Fair enough on swimming. For shower tho, IPX6 is “Protected against high pressure water jets from any direction. Limited ingress permitted.” so you are covered there at least as IPX7 is the next level up.

        • teejaycard

          I agree with Minja that a color screen would be cool but I do believe it would sacrifice the battery life. The e-ink screen on the Pebble is what really gives it the wonderful battery life. If Sony can really get that watch to last 3-4 days with moderate use then that’s pretty impressive. But to answer your question if everything was equal then I guess I’d take a colored screen, as long as it is as easy to see in the daylight as the Pebble. Sony’s first smartwatch you couldn’t see anything at all, in any amount of outdoor light. I use tasker and augmented smartwatch pro with my Pebble and one thing I think that would make it work a lot better would be a touch screen so I’m excited to see how well that works.

    • Bionic

      exactly why i want a nexus watch from google

  • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ Stynkfysh

    But does it have a calculator? Nothing like a good calculator watch.

  • Bionic

    Coming soon from motorola. The “X watch” :)

  • shecalledmejay

    I love the idea of these watches, I’m just waiting for the right one at the right price. #nexus

    • Bionic

      i agree , i want a nexus watch from google

  • Bionic

    How long until we get a “nexus watch”?? cuz that is what I would want. It would also be cool if a smart watch had a microphone for voice to text. You could talk into your phone like knight rider. haha.

    Make this happen google

    • jh123416

      Any Moto X updates? :-)

      • Bionic

        I assume you mean the 5 inch hero device. No update on specs but October 16th is the new target release date. Mass production will begin in Texas in August. So 2 months of mass production to fill the warehouses makes sense.

        per sarge

        • jh123416

          Right, def meant the 5in hero. Any chance it packs S800 processor? I know that there’s that “Nova” device too in 2014

          • Bionic

            As much as I would love for that to happen, I doubt it, we’ll be lucky if we get the 600. Sarge said something about them trying to work the 600into it POSSIBLY, but not the 800.

            But maybe they will shock us. When I get a spec update ill let you guys know. But trust me the NOVA is the one to get if you can wait that long. Not that the 5 inch isnt gonna be a good phone, but the NOVA is gonna kill.

          • jh123416

            Right. I’ll definitely be waiting then haha. It’s either the GN3 or the “NOVA” at this point. But I’d prefer to go with on-screen buttons.

          • Bionic

            As far as i know motorola phones are all going to be on screen buttons, as far as I know.

          • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

            The Droid Razr HD lineup got on screen buttons so I don’t see why they would go back to hardware buttons!

          • JMonkeYJ

            heh, guess the “hero” device isn’t much of a hero device anymore, huh? ;-) whatever…i seem to be buying a new phone every 6 months these days anyway, so if moto can actually put out something i want there’s a decent chance i’d get it. there are so many good phones these days, moto has their work cut out.

          • Nex

            “NOVA”? This I haven’t heard about, whats that?

          • Brent Cooper

            NOVA? Any general details? :)

          • Bionic

            5.2 inch screen
            snapdragon 800
            3GB RAM
            removable large battery

            per sarge

    • valapsp

      then the keyros smartwatch is for you but it’s super ugly.

    • FAL_Fan

      That would be completely awesome! I would spend $200 for that feature, imagine how many technologically inefficient people you could fool into thinking you were a secret agent…I can see it now (dream sequence)

  • viewthis66

    i dig it. i would be interested in this.

  • Verizon CEO

    Available on Verizon in fall of 2014 for $199 with new two year contract.

  • Guest Comment

    It’s not waterproof but in the video, the screen shows droplets?

    • Ray Gray

      It says water resistant in the press release

      • Guest Comment

        Ok. Didn’t see that. Thanks.

  • Thomas

    I’d buy it just on looks alone. Very nice !!!

  • Bionic

    Does anyone know how much their first one cost?

    • Ray Gray

      Around $200 but this is the third one if I’m not mistaken

      • Bionic

        200 is very reasonable, color me interested. However I want one from google.

        • Ray Gray

          Yeah I guess the fall will be the season of smart watches!

  • Jared Denman

    Since this has NFC, will we see Google wallet on this? That would be amazing.

    • Bionic

      wouldnt that be awesome? Instead of taking your phone out of your pocket to wave it over the receiver, you simply wave your wrist over it.

      • gabravo2005

        “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for…..”

    • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

      It’s sad that a Sony smartwatch can get NFC before the iPhone! haha

  • jj69chev@gmail.com

    Looks nice I’d take one

    • Bionic

      I would as well. Its not ok for you to take your phone out of your pocket at my place of work, so having this is a way around that, LOL.

  • Bionic

    I just wonder if you can wear these at work without banging them up too much. How protected are they and all that? If they stand up well to the work environment, I MIGHT be interested.

    • Daniel Maginnis

      I was thinking the same thing but I have g shock watches and I work retail. So… Not much heavy lifting going on.

      • Bionic

        i work retail as well, so its not like a factory, but i still want protection.

        • tomn1ce

          get a case for it….lol

        • Blue Sun

          I imagine Skinomi will have a product for this. The Skinomi screen protector works quite well on my Motoactiv.