Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Sony SmartWatch 2 - another competitive SmartWatch for Galaxy Gear

Recently, there has been a competition of smart-watches in the market. While Apple lagged behind in the race as its much touted iWatch has yet to see the day light, Samsung and Sony have already made headlines by launching the Galaxy Gear and Sony SmartWatch2 much to the delight of those wanting to have a digital watch on their wrists which can do far more than an ordinary digital watch.

The touchscreen smartwatch from Sony is released with a smartphone app called SmartWatch 2 SW app that you can download from the Google Play Store for free. This app makes the wearable accessory to support any other Android phones through Bluetooth. This facility is not available with the Gear, which works with only Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 2014 as of now.

Sony smartwatch highlights a water resistant body and it packs NFC connectivity so that users can tether the gizmo with any NFC-enabled gadgets to share variety of content and data.

Some of the features are:
When a call, message or other notification comes in, your Sony SmartWatch acts as an Android remote and gently vibrates on your wrist to let you know.

Multi-level Touch:
SmartWatch has a three-level micro display. Move between levels using tap or swipe actions. A long press opens the options menu. Easy navigation.

Elegant wristwatch:
Choose between digital watch or analogue interface. Wrist straps are available in several colours  You can use any 20 mm wrist strap designed to be used with wristwatch. 

Galaxy Gear as yet another threat for the Sony smart watch. It has already started to hit the market along with the Note 3. In near future, it will be compatible with Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3 also. Yet another big rival to the SmartWatch 2 is Apple’s long-rumored Apple iWatch, which is supposedly for release early 2014.

Sony claims that Smartwatch2 will be way easier to set up than its predecessor since it has built-in near-field communication capability, which lets you pair with compatible handsets via Bluetooth simply by tapping them together.

Here it may be added that Sony has made the SmartWatch 2 compatible with apps from the first SmartWatch, so it can run apps such as Runtastic, Twitter, and Facebook. However, the watch doesn't use the latest Bluetooth iteration, version 4.0. Instead it runs on Bluetooth 3.0, which does not have the fancy Bluetooth low-energy protocol the 4.0 release offers.

References: Sony

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