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Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:57

Sony backtracks on Android Wear

Written by Nick Farrell



We told you it would do this

Despite its protests that it was never going to let Android Wear onto any of its new gizmos, Sony has done what we said it would do, and backtracked.

Google just introduced Android Wear last week, which is a slightly tuned version of Android that's made specifically for wearable devices. The operating system pairs with existing Android devices and can send notifications to a smart watch, recognize voice questions, provides directions, and monitors health and fitness. Its purpose is to make it easier for original equipment manufacturers to enter the wearables market by providing them with an OS that's specifically created for their wearable devices.

At the time Sony Mobile's US head Ravi Nookala said that the company would continue down the direction of its own Android-based platform. Sony said it has invested a lot of time and money in adapting the Android OS for its own purposes, and that it wouldn't make sense to move away from it now.

Now a statement on Twitter suggests we could see Android Wear on a Sony watch yet. It read: "Lots of talk out there today. We're focused on SW2 & SmartBand right now, but door's def not closed to #AndroidWear - early days…"

While this is not a major shift it is just what we predicted would happen. Android Wear will help boost the adoption of smart watches and OEMs that jump on board right now will likely benefit. Sony has probably realised that it will lose out if it does not adopt the new tech.

 

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