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The SmartWatch 3 is Sony’s first entry into the Android Wear device space, following many years of releasing various smartwatches—many under the same SmartWatch moniker—that never saw much mainstream success. The device is in the middle range of the spectrum price wise, and its looks and capabilities arguably are in line with its cost.

Many months after the initial SmartWatch 3 introduction, Sony announced a steel variant at CES 2015 to little fanfare. Both devices are identical internally, featuring an ARM A7 CPU, 512 MB of RAM, NFC, Bluetooth, and GPS. We got hands-on footage of both variants of the device when they were launched, and we were impressed with both. If the device fits your style, it’s a solid choice.

Sony SmartWatch 3 Stories February 15, 2017

PSA: Sony says the SmartWatch 3 isn’t getting Android Wear 2.0

Along with Android Wear 2.0, Google announced the tentative list of Android Wear smartwatches that would be receiving the update. Many were left curious about the Sony SmartWatch 3, since it was Sony’s one and only Android Wear device and was — unfortunately — left off the list.

Sony SmartWatch 3 Stories April 5, 2016

Huawei Watch for Women gets Google Store listing, Marshmallow OTA for Sony SmartWatch 3 begins today

Announced at CES and spotted last week, the Huawei Watch for Women now has a Google Store listing. While not yet available for purchase, it confirms that the watch will be available to purchase in the US sooner rather than later. Additionally, the Marshmallow Android Wear update for the Sony SmartWatch 3 is finally rolling out today.

Sony SmartWatch 3 Stories October 2, 2015

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With so many companies having recently announced their new generations of Android Wear watches, there’s never been a better (or cheaper) time to try out the platform. There were many risks with trying it out before. First off, Android Wear watches weren’t that cheap. For a sibling platform with limited performance, it was a lot of money to gamble on a wrist gadget you might hate. Those same watches are now last generation, and with that, they’re much cheaper and give you an easier access point to Android Wear. Perhaps more importantly, the OS itself has come on leaps and bounds since its introduction. Now you can get a great Android Wear experience without having to fork out a ton of cash…

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Sony SmartWatch 3 Stories August 25, 2015

SmartWatch 3 watch face app from Sony now on the Play Store

The SmartWatch 3 is one of a few first-gen Android Wear devices that’s still sold on the Google Store, and now Sony has published an app on the Play Store that lets you customize all of your device’s default watch faces (via Android Police).

With the app, you can customize watch face backgrounds, hands, time markers, accent colors, and more features. Additionally, you can choose “from a range of widgets” that bring information like the current date and your step count to the front of your device.

There are three basic watch faces that are new thanks to the app: Classic, Watercolor, and Sony. The first is a traditional analog face, the second sports — as you might have guessed — some colorful designs, and Sony is a very basic digital face.

To use this app, Sony says that you have to have the Android Wear companion app installed on your device, and it’s probably a good idea to make sure that you have the latest version of Android Wear installed on your device as well.

You can grab the Sony SmartWatch 3 accessory app on the Play Store for free. If you’re like me, you probably think this means a bunch of awesome new watch faces to try on other Android Wear devices. I’ll save you the time in trying; this is for the SmartWatch 3 only.

Sony SmartWatch 3 Stories August 4, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Galaxy S6 (unlocked) $480, Aukey 12000mAh power bank $10, ASUS ZenWatch $130, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone 32GB (unlocked): $480 shipped (Reg. $800) | eBay

Power banks w/ Prime shipping: KMASHI 15000mAh Dual USB $14 (Orig. $20)Aukey 12000mAh $10 (Orig. $22)more

ASUS ZenWatch now just $130 shipped from Best Buy (Reg. $200) | eBay

 

Headphones: SoundPEATS Bluetooth 4.1 in-ears $20 (Reg. $26), Sennheiser HD280 + HD439 $100 (~$200 value), more

More new gear from today:

Two Philips Hue connected light bulbs (multiple styles) for $100 shipped (~$120 value)

More deals still alive:

Pre-pay for 3 months of Sling TV and receive a $50 Best Buy credit towards the purchase of eligible streaming devices

New products & more:

The new off-road nipi cooler uses renewable power to keep your devices charged and your beer cold

ECOXGEAR’s new rugged Bluetooth speakers and power banks are waterproof and solar powered

Sony SmartWatch 3 Stories August 3, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: SanDisk 128GB Ultra Fit Flash Drive $30, ASUS ZenWatch $130, Fire TV Stick $25, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Amazon Gold Box – up to 60% off SSDs, USB Flash Drives, Portable Storage and much more:

ASUS ZenWatch now just $130 shipped from Best Buy (Reg. $200) | eBay

Amazon Fire TV Stick media streamer w/ voice search for $25 (Reg. $39)

Pre-pay for 3 months of Sling TV and receive a $50 Best Buy credit towards the purchase of eligible streaming devices

Team 17 announces a pair of new Worms games coming to iOS, Xbox One and PC

Logitech $20 off $49: MX Master Wireless Mouse $80 shipped (Reg. $100), gaming accessoriesmore

More new gear from today:

Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive: $150 shipped (Reg. $180+)

More deals still alive:

Free PS Plus Games for August: Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Limbo, more

Free Xbox Live Gold Games for August: Metal Gear Solid V Ground Zeroes, more

New products & more:

Amazon’s Dash Replenishment Service is here and Prime members can order today

Olio announces new Gold and Rose Gold options for its luxury smartwatch

Sony SmartWatch 3 Stories July 31, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Anker 16000mAh Power Bank $29, Sony SmartWatch 3 $147, Galaxy Tab 4 $170, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Anker Astro E5 16000mAh PowerBank w/ LED Flashlight: $29 Prime Shipped (Reg. $37)

Sony Mobile Sony SmartWatch 3 SWR50: $147 shipped (Reg. $160+) | Amazon

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 16GB Wi-Fi Tablet in White (open box): $170 shipped (Orig. $330)

 

HTC One (M8) w/ 32 GB flash storage, 4G LTE, GSM (unlocked): $210 shipped (Reg. $499) | eBay

LG G Flex 2 silver (unlocked) 4G LTE w/ curved OLED: $300 shipped (Reg. $330) | eBay

Logitech $20 off $49: MX Master Wireless Mouse $80 shipped (Reg. $100), gaming accessoriesmore

Take a peek at Nerf’s upcoming high octane blaster that shoots foam balls up to 70 mph

LEGO iOS sale: Movie Video Game hits lowest price ever, Lord of the Rings & Harry Potter $1 ea. (Reg. $5), more

Amazon’s Dash Replenishment Service is here and Prime members can order today

Amazon’s new Launchpad store offers the latest gadgets from crowdfunding campaigns and startups

More new gear from today:

Games/Apps: Zelda Wind Waker HD $38, BOGO 50% off 3DS titles, MGS V Phantom Pain game guide $25, freebies, more

More deals still alive:

Stream Pixar’s animated short Lava in its entirety for free

Free PS Plus Games for August: Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Limbo, more

Free Xbox Live Gold Games for August: Metal Gear Solid V Ground Zeroes, more

New products & more:

Olio announces new Gold and Rose Gold options for its luxury smartwatch

LEGO and Star Wars come together once again in this gorgeous new photography book

Sony SmartWatch 3 Stories May 6, 2015

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Consumer Reports ranked the Sony Smartwatch 3 bottom out of 11 smartwatches after it twice failed tests of its waterproofing claims. The well-respected non-profit carried out a rigorous set of lab tests on 11 competing watches, including the Apple Watch, Asus Zen, the LG G Watch R, Martian Notifier, Moto 360, Pebble Steel, Samsung Gear S and Sony Smartwatch 3.

The organization tested the watches for durability, water-resistance, health functionality, readability in bright and low light, ease of use, and ease of interaction …

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Sony SmartWatch 3 Stories March 26, 2015

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Amazon accidentally revealed earlier this week that this would be happening today, but we now have proof that the slip was legit: the Nexus Player has now launched on the Google Store in the UK for £79. A couple of new Android Wear accessories have also landed in the store today though, including a Sony SmartWatch 3 watch band and a standalone charger for the Asus ZenWatch.

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Sony SmartWatch 3 Stories March 12, 2015

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The Apple Watch was once again shown off at Apple’s “Spring Forward” event on Monday, and many have been left wondering how the device compares to the Android Wear devices currently on the market. Technology has surely evolved a bit since the G Watch was announced, but how much have things changed?

There are several differences between the two platforms, but one that has now been brought to light is the device’s physical dimensions. Looking at Apple’s renders and images makes the device look big, but comparing its actual dimensions to Android Wear devices does the opposite. It’s tiny compared to most of what’s available today.

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Sony SmartWatch 3 Stories February 12, 2015

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The stainless steel version of Sony’s SmartWatch 3 will go on sale around the world “from this week,”says Sony in a blog post.

The new model has the same innards as the original silicon-cased version launched last September, with the same 1.6-inch 320×320 display, 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor and 512MB of RAM. The steel model will also retain the same IP68-standard waterproofing, making it safe even against complete immersion in water for up to 30 minutes …  expand full story

Sony SmartWatch 3 Stories January 10, 2015

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CES 2015 was filled with a handful of surprises in the tech world. Sony took to the stage at its keynote on press day during the conference and announced a couple of additions to its tech lineup for 2015. The Smartwatch 3 Steel was unveiled along with a brand new Action Cam that shoots 4K video…

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Sony SmartWatch 3 Stories January 5, 2015

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Sony just kicked off its press conference at CES 2015, and one thing for the company will be showing off during the event is a new stainless steel designed SmartWatch 3. The SmartWatch 3 was originally released in October of 2014, but Sony has taken the opportunity at CES to give it an updated, more high-end design.

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Sony SmartWatch 3 Stories November 10, 2014

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Sony’s SmartWatch 3 popped up on Google Play a few weeks back, but it was only listed a coming soon. Today, however, the Android Wear-powered timepiece is now officially on sale from Mountain View’s online product outlet, with an estimated warehouse departure time of one to two business days.

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Sony SmartWatch 3 Stories October 29, 2014

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The SmartBand Talk—which we leaked and was announced alongside the SmartWatch 3 earlier this year—is about to launch worldwide in the coming weeks, but today, its app has officially launched on the Play Store. Alongside the launch of this main companion app, the company has also launched four extension apps, which bring even more features to the SmartBand Talk.

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Sony SmartWatch 3 Stories October 23, 2014

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Last month, Google announced its future plans for Android Wear, including an update with offline music support and GPS functionality. Earlier this week, an update started rolling out to select Android Wear devices, bringing the beginnings of those features, but now Google has officially announced the update in a post on the official Android blog.

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Sony SmartWatch 3 Stories October 9, 2014

Verizon and Sony announced today that it will soon begin offering the Sony Xperia Z3v smartphone on its network, as well as the Sony SmartWatch 3. The Xperia Z3v, which is the U.S. version of the Xperia Z3, features all of the specs you would expect a 2014 flagship device to have and will be available on October 23rd for $199.99.

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Sony SmartWatch 3 Stories September 6, 2014

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It looks like Sony has given up on its old smartwatch ways. As we confirmed days before its announcement, the Sony SmartWatch 3 is running Android Wear and has been given a slightly different (and simple) design when compared to its predecessors. While Android Wear is a solid wearable platform, for Sony fans the SmartWatch 3 may be a step backwards…

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Sony SmartWatch 3 Stories September 3, 2014

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Following Samsung’s event earlier today, it’s now Sony’s turn to take the stage at IFA in Berlin and to kick things off the company just announced its brand new Android Wear-powered SmartWatch 3 and a new “SmartBand Talk” with a “curved, always-on- e paper display”:

With GPS and 4GB storage memory built in, SmartWatch 3 supports Android Wear by Google to not only deliver useful information and services based on the user’s latest activities, but also enable communication and entertainment including music to be enjoyed remotely, even when the user is away from their smartphone. Meanwhile, SmartBand Talk is equipped with a curved, always-on e-paper display, to enable hands free calls and voice commands. Its intuitive voice controls enable users to instantly check their Lifelog status with just a glance of their wrist. 

This will be Sony’s first Android Wear device following Google’s introduction of the platform earlier this year, and the hardware also gets a bit of an upgrade with a new 1.6-inch 320×320 transflective display. The SmartBand Talk, on the other hand, is more of a life/fitness tracker than a full-fledged smart watch, but also includes a mic and speaker for voice commands and calling. The new wearables will also work with a new Lifelog app: expand full story

Sony SmartWatch 3 Stories August 30, 2014

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Renderings of Sony’s new SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk

IFA 2014 is right around the corner and we’re expecting to see quite a bit of tech launched during the show. Sony is in attendance this year and their official press event is scheduled to happen on on Sept. 4th, 2014. Sources familiar with Sony’s plans have informed us that we can expect two new wearables to launch next week at IFA 2014…

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