SmartWatch 3 sees Sony join team Android Wear

Sony has announced the third generation of its smartwatch, the imaginatively named SmartWatch 3, which is the first from the company to run Google’s Android Wear operating system.

Unveiled at the IFA technology trade show in Berlin, the SmartWatch 3 has a built in microphone so you can dictate Google searches to it, a pedometer to keep track of your exercise and daily walking, and GPS to make tracking your movement accurate.

The watch has a square 1.6-inch screen with a resolution of 320 x 320 and which Sony claims is visible even in bright sunlight - an area in which other smartwatches have struggled - and there’s an ambient light sensor to automatically adjust brightness.

An IP68 rating means the SmartWatch 3 is waterproof to a depth of 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes.

There’s 4GB of internal storage to hold your music playlists, which can be played to wireless headphones over a Bluetooth connection - this means you can take the SmartWatch 3 on a run, listen to music and have it record your distance while leaving your phone at home.

Colour options include black and lime, and Sony will be offering extra colour straps in pink and white after the launch. Straps can be easily changed by pulling the watch itself (known as the core) out of the strap. However, this means regular watch straps cannot be used with the SmartWatch 3, as they can with the LG G Watch.

The watch's 420mAh battery can be charged in under an hour and is claimed to last for two days of “typical use” or four days of standby time.

The SmartWatch 3 will cost €229.99 (£180) when it goes on sae in the autumn, and extra straps will cost €24.99 each.

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