We’re already expecting Sony to unveil at least a few new products next month at IFA including the Xperia Z3 smartphone, but now we can add another device to the list. A new leak posted to the Digi-Wo forums claims Sony’s Smartwatch 3 will also make its debut at the Berlin tech show, though it won’t be running Google’s new Android Wear operating system.
Instead, Sony reportedly plans to iterate on its own Android-based smartwatch software, though it’s unclear exactly how the company plans to improve its OS. The device may also offer wireless charging, a water-resistant design, a sharper display and built-in Wi-Fi so it can access the Internet without support from a nearby smartphone. The design should be similar to last year’s square-shaped Sony Smartwatch 2.
Sony’s alleged decision to stick with its own custom software over Android Wear isn’t much of a surprise. The company said the same thing earlier this summer, though it’s not ruling out Google’s OS for future devices. In fact, it may actually be a smart move considering how limited the first few Android Wear devices have been.
We’ll be covering IFA live from Berlin so make sure to check back early next month for all the news from Sony and everything else to come out of the trade show.