Mar 25 AT 9:05 AM Alex Wagner 8 Comments

Sony to pass on Android Wear, will use own SmartWatch platform instead


LG and Motorola recently showed off their upcoming Android Wear devices, and Google has confirmed that companies like Asus, HTC and Samsung are also on board with its new wearable platform. Notice a major manufacturer missing from that group? Yeah, Sony.

Turns out that that’s not a mistake, as Sony has confirmed that it doesn’t plan on using Android Wear on its devices. Instead, the company will continue to utilize its own Android-based SmartWatch platform, which has powered both the original SmartWatch and SmartWatch 2. Sony Mobile Communications USA President Ravi Nookala explained that his company has already invested time and resources into building up its own platform, and so it would like to continue to use it.

It’s understandable that Sony doesn’t want to suddenly drop its SmartWatch platform after pouring efforts into building it up, but it also seems that shunning Android Wear may not be the most awesome idea that Sony has ever had. The fact that Android Wear is backed by Google and several major manufacturers means that it’s likely to get quite a bit of attention from consumers, and while Sony SmartWatches may continue to sell after Android Wear products hit the market, the number of Android Wear devices will likely be much greater than the number of SmartWatches. That’s not exactly good news for Sony and its potential SmartWatch adoption rate.

After touching a bit on wearables, Nookala talked about smartphones. The exec revealed that sales of the T-Mobile-exclusive Xperia Z1S are “20 percent to 25 percent” higher than the number of Xperia Z units that T-Mobile moved during the same timeframe. When asked if Sony had any plans to launch Xperia phones on U.S. carriers other than T-Mobile, Nookala would only tease that his firm is in talks with all of the major operators.

Source: CNET

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