The Sony Smartwatch was one of my favorite sites at CES 2012. Using Bluetooth connectivity, the watch links with an Android phone and enables both special features within the watch and some controls of the connected device. The SmartWatch is a big step-up from the Sony Ericsson Live View that debuted last year, and it’s available now in the United States.
Sony announced today that the SmartWatch is on sale in the U.S. for $149. That Benji’ and a half will earn buyers a dust and splash proof watch capable of doing more than your average clock. The SmartWatch does what one would expect from this category:
That’s just the basics, though; Sony cooked up a couple of other nice features. For one, the watch can remotely trigger the phone camera to take a picture (as long as you are in range of Bluetooth). The odds that you’ll ever need or care to use such a feature seems incredibly low, but it’s there. And of course, apps are the real draw here, and Sony has built a few extras for buyers to discover in Google Play.
The SmartWatch features interchangeable and multi-colored bands that are sold separately. It is on sale now in Sony Stores and at Sony.com. View our previous eyes-on from the CES unveiling of the watch and check out the specs below for more info.
SwiftKey, the software keyboard that can read minds, has been updated to version 1.0.8 in the Android Market. Not a big change log, but what is there is nice to see. Makes us all feel like we aren’t being forgotten after we’ve spent our money. The two big changes, at least in my opinion, are the new languages supported for dictation (English, Spanish, French, German and Italian) and contractions now include apostrophes in the auto correct area. Now I can’t blame my typos on the keyboard any longer! The short version of the change log:
The Market entry has also been adjusted so the price is in U.S. dollars instead of British Sterling, as some banks have issue accepting charges in foreign currency through Google Checkout. One last thing to mention — the sale price of 99 cents goes away on Sept. 30, and the price goes up to $3.99, so don’t say we didn’t warn you. Now go update, and put it through the paces. If you haven’t tried SwiftKey yet, download links are after the break. [SwiftKey]
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Posted originally at Android Central
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