Sony SmartWatch gets new firmware update, brings new watch faces and notifications previews

March 19, 2013
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Samsung and Apple might be preparing to revolutionize the smartwatch world, but in the meantime there are several decent options already out there, including Sony’s SmartWatch. Sony’s watch likely doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that Samsung or Apple will bring to the table, but it is still a solid choice at just $130. Now it is getting even better thanks to a new firmware update.

The update is available through Google Play and brings with it several new features, including six new watch faces. Each of these watch faces has their own style as you can see in the image directly below.

new-sony-watch-face

Outside of the new faces, Sony is also bringing notification previews to its SmartWatch. This change makes it possible to see snippets from incoming tweets, texts, Facebook posts and more. Unfortunately, the device doesn’t really provide a way to respond to these messages, but at least it helps you keep aware of what is going on, for those times when you can instantly pull out your smartphone.

Sony also has improved its searching system, so it makes it easier to find the right apps for you out of the 200+ SmartWatch apps that are available for the watch. Last but not least, Sony promises the update will be able to more accurately gauge battery life.

Have you downloaded the update yet? If so, what do you think of the new features?

Comments

  • martin clinton

    A welcome update, except when not connected via bluetooth to a phone (i.e. ‘just a watch’) it seems the battery indicator is no longer there!