Sony Has No Plans To Bring Android Wear To Its SmartWatch
Android Wear is undeniably better looking and more exciting than any other smartwatch platform that’s available today, but if you’re hoping existing smartwatch makers are going to abandon what they’ve already created to adopt it, you’re going to be disappointed.
Sony has confirmed that it currently has no plans to bring Android Wear to its SmartWatch wearables, and that it will stick to its own Android-based platform instead.
“We’ve already invested time and resources on this platform, and we will continue in that direction,” said Ravi Nookala, head of Sony Mobile’s U.S. arm, during an interview with CNET.
The Japanese company later followed up with an email that somewhat backtracked on that statement, and vowed to continue working closely with Google as a key partner. It read:
“We’re excited about the potential of Android Wear to extend the mobile OS experience into wearable devices. 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.”
Despite its clarification, it’s clear Sony has no concrete plans at this time to adopt Android Wear and replace its existing SmartWatch operating system. In some ways, that’s understandable; the company has spent time and money developing its platform and a bunch of custom apps to go with it.
But given that Android Wear looks like it’s going to be so much better — and almost certainly better supported by third-party developers — this is still going to be disappointing news to SmartWatch fans.
Maybe Sony will chance its stance later on. If the SmartWatch continues to be a niche product with no real mass market appeal, then that could well be the case. But for now, it’s probably best to hold out for the Moto 360 or the LG G Watch if you want Android Wear.