Sony today introduced the Android-based Smartwatch 2, which connects to smartphones via NFC connectivity and is also water resistant. Sony made the announcement at Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai.
This is the second Android-based wrist watch that Sony has released and brings with it additional functionality and a larger screen. Also, the first Sony watch was powered by bluetooth connectivity.
In a statement, the company says that apps are key to expanding the uses for the Smartwatch 2. Additionally, the Smartwatch 2 will allow users to take calls; snap photos remotely; run fitness apps; monitor messages and notifications; and read previously downloaded emails.
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 favorite 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.
Stefan Persson, head of companion products at Sony Mobile Communication, noted analyst forecast that predicts 41 million ‘smart’ watches will be sold by 2016.
“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,” Persson said, in a statement.
Sony is one of the first of the major OEMs to put out a watch that connects with smartphones. An supposed “iWatch” from Apple has been rumored for some time.
While speaking at a conference recently, Apple CEO Tim Cook said he didn’t think that wearables would have broad appeal, however he did call the space a “profoundly interesting” one.