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Sony won't use Android Wear

Google is hoping that smartwatch makers will opt to use Android Wear, a special version of Android OS that is specifically geared towards use on wearable devices. While many hardware makers are jumping on the Android Wear wagon, Sony is currently saying no.

Sony has said that it plans to continue to use its own platform. Sony's Ravi Nookala said, "We've already invested time and resources on this platform, and we will continue in that direction."

Sony Smartwatch 2

Sony has had limited success with its smartwatch efforts so far, so it certainly has a big task ahead of it in the smartwatch future.

Sony competitor LG is expected to be the first company to offer a smartwatch running Android Wear. Motorola has also offered details on its Android Wear-packin’ Moto 360 smartwatch which will launch this Summer.

Motorola's Moto 360 uses Android Wear

Sony isn't alone in its choice to use its own OS either. Samsung uses Tizen in its Gear 2 smartwatch, but it has also signed on to use Android Wear in future devices.

Source: CNET

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Just a suggestion
By inperfectdarkness on 3/25/2014 12:11:18 PM , Rating: 2
Would it kill them to offer a black tungsten-carbide band? Why should I (or anyone) want to spend coin on a feature-rich watch that has a band like a $5 Casio?

RE: Just a suggestion
By quiksilvr on 3/25/2014 12:30:50 PM , Rating: 3
It's not proprietary so nothing is stopping you from simply buying a tungsten-carbide band and putting it on the watch.

RE: Just a suggestion
By Hakuryu on 3/25/2014 2:14:53 PM , Rating: 2
Are you sure about that?

Sony and proprietary go hand in hand; it's how they have always done business (Betamax, Blu Ray, etc).

I wouldn't be surprised if you can only get replacement bands from Sony exclusively, for a fat premium.

RE: Just a suggestion
By LRonaldHubbs on 3/25/2014 8:14:20 PM , Rating: 2
Betamax I can kind of see as an example, but only because they lost. If they had won out over VHS then you wouldn't be calling Betamax proprietary.

Blu-ray is not proprietary at all, and never has been. It was developed jointly with Hitachi, LG, Panasonic, Pioneer, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, and probably some others that I'm forgetting.

Some better examples of Sony's proprietary track record would be:
- Memory Stick
- MiniDisc
- camera and phone USB cables

Note that all of the examples in this list either failed at market or have been voluntarily abandoned. Sony appears to have learned from their mistakes on this subject.

RE: Just a suggestion
By LRonaldHubbs on 3/25/2014 8:18:26 PM , Rating: 2
Oops. Meant to say that Sony appeared to have learned their lesson on this subject. As in, it appeared that way prior to reading this article.

RE: Just a suggestion
By retrospooty on 3/25/2014 12:53:16 PM , Rating: 1
Doesn't sound like a bad idea, but I am guessing its hard enough as it is getting people to spend $ on any smartwatch, so adding cost isn't going to help.

RE: Just a suggestion
By inperfectdarkness on 3/26/2014 7:40:13 AM , Rating: 2
If Zenith has a market for selling watches, then there's certainly a market for smartwatches. Not the same market as the people buying $15 Timex's, but a market nonetheless.

RE: Just a suggestion
By LRonaldHubbs on 3/25/2014 7:58:43 PM , Rating: 2
While I agree tungsten carbide would look better than the present design, I hate metal watch bands because they rip my hair out. Would be nice if they offered more choices though.

RE: Just a suggestion
By FaaR on 3/25/2014 9:06:52 PM , Rating: 2
Technically, tungsten carbide is a ceramic, not metal. :) However, I hear what you say, and agree. Hairy wrists + linked armbands = yowch! (Though they often look real pretty, like that LG watch render...)

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