Sony not working on Android Wear products

Sony sort of pre-empted the rush to wrist-based technology, updating its original offering to the SmartWatch 2 late last year, along with the introduction of the Sony Smartband at CES. But it is in no rush to sign up with Android Wear.

Speaking to CNET, Ravi Nookala, head of Sony Mobile's US business, stated that it plans to use its own technology for the foreseeable future: 'We've already invested time and resources on this platform, and we will continue in that direction.'

Sony wasn't on the original list of Android Wear partners and as such, the statement comes as no surprise. But it isn't quite the end of the road. Sony followed up the comments with a statement that keeps the door open just a little.

'We're excited about the potential of Android Wear to extend the mobile OS experience into wearable devices,' it said. 'While we are currently focused on our in-market wearable offering, including SmartWatch 2, we continue to work closely with Google as a key partner and continue to evaluate opportunities across a number of areas as we extend our SmartWear Experience.'

So perhaps it's a case of seeing where both SmartWatch goes and where Android Wear goes before making a final decision. Sony has its own platform, apps and customer base. It isn't going to give that up until someone demonstrates some big numbers on a rival platform.

Source: CNET

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