When Android Wear launched back in March, the platform initially saw a number of OEMs – Asus, Samsung, HTC, LG and Motorola – announce they would be providing hardware for the platform. But not all Open Handset Alliance members jumped on boardm, Sony announced soon after that they would continue to concentrate on their own Smartwatch platform rather than going with Android Wear, but that is about to change with the Smartwatch 3 if rumours are to be believed.
The new Sony Smartwatch 3, which Sony teased last week, is expected to be launched this week at IFA with a rather big surprise – it’s rumoured to be running Android Wear. 9to5Google have advised that Sony will release the Android Wear watch, with a 1.68-inch 320×320 display, with an IP58 certification – meaning it’s the most waterproof Android Wear watch yet.
That’s about it for Android Wear from Sony, but there are rumours of an updated Smartband called the Smartband Talk, which will be an updated version of the SmartBand (SWR10) which Sony launched earlier this year. The Smartband Talk will again connect via Bluetooth, but will this time include a curved e-ink display – obviously Sony looking to preserve battery life, which was fairly good on the original Smartband.
There’s going to be a fair bit from Sony this week, with a complete line of Xperia Z3 products including the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact expected to be announced. We’ll let you know what happens at IFA, stay tuned.