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Sony releases SmartBand 2 companion app to the Play Store ahead of official unveiling

Upon releasing the companion app to the Google Play Store, Sony basically confirmed the existence of its next generation SmartBand 2, along with a few notable details about the new wearable.
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June 4, 2015
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Sony’s first generation SmartBand activity tracker was pretty popular amongst the fitness-minded community, so it only makes sense that the company would make a second generation device. Although the new device hasn’t been officially announced, it seems as though we’re getting an early look at the company’s SmartBand 2, thanks to the official companion app launching in the Play Store earlier today.

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The Play Store listing has since been taken down, but luckily the folks over at Xperia Blog grabbed a few screenshots while the page was still live. According to the images from the Play Store, the SmartBand 2 SWR12 will come with a heart rate monitor on the underside of the wearable, a feature that was notably missing from the first generation band. One of the screenshots even reads “The SmartBand measures your pulse at an even rate throughout the day”, which further confirms the existence of a heart rate sensor. There’s also a Smart Wake Up mode that will help to wake you up smoothly, rather than jolting you awake like with an alarm clock.

The application also tells us that the SmartBand 2 is optimized for Xperia devices, and that “functionality may not be optimal when using SmartBand 2 with other smartphones”. We still have yet to hear anything official from Sony, but we can’t imagine that the launch is too far off. We’ll keep you posted if we hear anything else regarding the new SmartBand 2.