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First Look: Sony SmartWatch 3 Android Wear watch has swappable straps (hands-on)

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First Look: Sony SmartWatch 3 Android Wear watch has swappable straps (hands-on)

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Sony's new smartwatch improves on its predecessor with its waterproofing and customisable straps. CNET's Andrew Hoyle goes hands-on.

[MUSIC] I'm Andrew Hoyle for C|NET. And I'm here taking a look at the Sony SmartWatch 3. Now this is the third generation of Sony Smartwatch, but this one has a big difference. It runs on Androidware. That's Google's operating system for watches and wearable devices rather than Sony's own take on Android. Now we're seeing Android Wear on other devices, like the LG G watches. It's also on the Samsung Live watch, and it will be on the Motorola Moto 360. The fact that it uses the same operating system as these other devices means that it will be able to use the same apps that are developed for those watches. Has a 1.6 inch screen with a 320 by 320 pixel resolution which would be more than enough to make sense of everything that's going on. it's also completely waterproof, meaning you don't have to take it off when you're going into the shower. Unlike the other Android smart watches we've seen, the Sony watch can actually remove the watch part from the strap, meaning you can simply swap the colors. The Sony has popped on its own Android wear software on board as well including a Walkman app and a camera app that lets you use it as a remote [UNKNOWN] for your phone or even some, of Sony's wi-fi enabled cameras. Sony also reckons you'll be able to get about two days of battery life from it which is a step up from the, the one day that you'll get from the LG G Watch although I have to see how that actually stacks up in our own testing. These go on sale toward the end of the year and Sony reckons it will be about 229 Euros although that will of course depend on where abouts you live. I'm Andrew [UNKNOWN] of CNET and this is the Sony Smartwatch 3. [MUSIC]

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