Over the past 12 months, smartwatches have continued to hit the headlines, that’s despite there being question marks about how successful these types of devices will be.
Of course, there has been some notable additions to this segment of the watch/tech industry, take for example the Pebble watch which raised over 8 million dollars worth of funding via Kickstarter. Then there is the much anticipated launch of the so far mythical iWatch which is said to be the missing link between the iPhone and the other mostly uninspiring wearable tech devices.
However, looking to get ahead of Apple and the rest of the chasing pack, Sony last week launched the Smartwatch 2 at the Mobile Asia Expo event in Shanghai.
What happened to the Sony Smartwatch 1, I hear you ask? And it’s a good question, with Sony’s previous attempt at a Smartwatch falling into the uninspiring category of wearable tech and consequently passed most of us by following its launch last year.
Not perturbed, the Smartwatch 2 signifies that Sony is making another go at the smartwatch market. The latest version boasts a larger high resolution touch screen than its predecessor, measuring in at 1.6 inches compared to the 1.3 inch screen of the original.
The watch, which Sony has described as a “second screen for your Android phone” will mean that you’ll be able to control your phone from your wrist, as well as providing you with phone notifications and a user friendly app interface.
Wearers of the Sony Smartwatch 2 will be able to make and receive calls, read emails and messages, access Google maps and control music through the device.
Despite it being a Sony product, the Smartwatch 2 can also be connected to the majority of Android tablets, smartphones and other devices, as well as with Sony’s Experia collection.
There will also be a whole host of interchange wristbands for you to choose from and the Smartwatch 2 is even water and dust resistant.
Due for release in September 2013, there is still no official news on the price of the Sony Smartwatch 2.
Watch this space for further developments.