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Sony SmartWatch features: Google Glasses rival?

smartwatch041212_optBY BOB HOLT

Sony SmartWatch can manage your phone calls and text messages and control the media player of your Android smartphone.

Sure, but can it tell the time?

Actually, yes. Last week, Google showed off its new glasses, and now another watch is up for sale. Today the Sony SmartWatch became available in the United States.

The Sony SmartWatch is an accessory to Android smartphones, and sends personal information to your wrist through vibrations and screen alerts. According to PR Newswire, the watch lets you read texts and emails and receive updates from Facebook and Twitter. Its battery life is said to be up to four days.

Android and Me reports that watch wearers can also manage their calls, and control music playback, and the smartphone’s camera. And it is dust and scratch-proof, and water resistant. The watch comes with a standard black wristband, but they are available in five additional colors for another $20.

Sony introduced a watch named LiveView that didn’t have much success in 2010, but the SmartWatch was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, according to TechCrunch. It first showed up in the United Kingdom, and can now be purchased here for $149.

According to AllThingsD, a number if competing smartwatches are already on the market, like the Motorola’s Motoactv, WIMM’s WIMM One, and something from Kickstarter. Microsoft and Fossil also have tried in the past, with limited results.

A Laptop review says the Sony watch has only a limited number of apps, is hard to read outside and only works with Androids. They would like to see it be more versatile.

The Sony SmartWatch is currently available online or at Sony stores.


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