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Sony releases SmartWatch 2

Companion device ups ante in wearable tech arena

Sony releases SmartWatch 2
The Sony SmartWatch 2 acts as a companion device for Android smartphones, mirroring a select number of features and carrying additional functionality of its own.
Sony releases SmartWatch 2
The wrist wear is designed to prevent users constantly reaching for their handset.
Sony releases SmartWatch 2
The device allows simple checking of the time, but also allows users to read messages, handle calls, access notifications and enhance camera functionality.

Sony has announced its SmartWatch 2 is now available in the Middle East market.

The SmartWatch 2 is said to be "the world's first Android-compatible SmartWatch with one-touch NFC", according to Sony. The wrist wear acts as a companion device for Android smartphones, mirroring a select number of features and carrying additional functionality of its own.

Like the Galaxy Gear, the Sony SmartWatch 2 is designed to prevent users constantly reaching for their handset. The wrist device allows simple checking of the time, but also allows users to read messages, handle calls, access notifications and enhance camera functionality. Sony said it is working with developers to produce a broader selection of apps for the SmartWatch.

SmartWatch 2 introduces some new features not available on its predecessor model, such as NFC connectivity for one-touch pairing, a fresh, premium design and an array of enhancements, including higher resolution for sharper viewing, better visibility in sunlight, longer battery life, standalone watch functionality and a range of pre-installed and recommended apps.

"Sony is the proud leader in the smartwatch market since introducing their first Bluetooth watch in 2007," the company said.

"While others are only now launching first-generation devices, Sony is 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 ever smartwatch experience."

The Sony SmartWatch 2 is available from regional retailers, priced at AED799.

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