Sony smartwatch acts as 2nd screen for phones

HANDY: Wearers can use the SmartWatch 2 to complete tasks when their smartphones are out of reach, said Sony.


    Jun 27, 2013

    Sony smartwatch acts as 2nd screen for phones

    SONY expanded its wearable-tech line-up on Tuesday, showing off its Android-compatible SmartWatch 2 at the Shanghai Media Expo.

    "Combining form and function in a sleek design, it serves as a multi-functional watch, notifier, Android app interface and phone remote control," it said, positioning the watch as a second screen for Android phones.

    It said that wearers can use the SmartWatch to complete tasks when their smartphones are out of reach.

    Answering calls with a touch to the watch, taking a photo remotely using the camera app, and adjusting the volume on the music player are all features, said PC Mag.

    The watch has near-field-communication capabilities and comes with a 1.6-inch, 220-by-176-pixel colour display that users can swipe through to read, it added.

    Mr Stefan Persson, head of companion products at Sony Mobile Communications, said in a press release: "Competitors are only now launching first-generation devices, while we are already launching a third-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 smartwatch experience.

    "We have over 200 unique apps dedicated to Sony SmartWatch, with over one million downloads to date, and we are continuing to work with our strong developer network to deliver more compelling smartwatch experiences."

    Sony also announced a waterproof Android smartphone with a 6.4-inch screen.

    The firm is pitching the Xperia Z Ultra as the slimmest large-screen handset on the market.