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Sony, Samsung won’t use Android Wear in their watches

Every mobile company is desperate to bring a ‘usable’ smartwatch to the market. While companies like Samsung did bring their smartwatches to the market, these devices are still half-baked products which ‘try’ to do a few things. These are no where close to the way smartphones have become a viable alternatives of PCs. These watches are nothing more than a side-kick or assistant to your smartphones. Then came Google, doing what it did with Honeycomb to address the immediate need of a tablet OS. Google announced Android Wear, an OS optimized for smart watches. One would expect that entire industry will embrace it, but that’s not what seem to be happening.

While Samsung has already distanced itself from Android when it comes to smartwatches and will be using their own OS – I really don’t know why instead of banking on the huge ecosystem Android already has – now Sony is also not much interested in Android Wear.

According to reports, Sony will use its own Android-based OS for smartwatches instead of adopting Android Wear. The company told CNET, “We’ve already invested time and resources on this platform, and we will continue in that direction.”

That doesn’t mean Sony is distancing itself from Google. The company clarified in a separate statement to the same publication, “We’re excited about the potential of Android Wear to extend the mobile OS experience into wearable devices. While we are currently focused on our in-market wearable offering, including SmartWatch 2, we continue to work closely with Google as a key partner and continue to evaluate opportunities across a number of areas as we extend our SmartWear Experience.”

These two Asian giants supposedly want to have more control on their own wearable computing instead of letting Google dictate the terms.

However, companies like LG and Motorola are betting big on Android Wear and have already announced their devices running Android Wear. Motorola’s watch has already gained praise from potential buyers. It will be interesting to see how much traction Android Wear gets in the smartwatch market.

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What do you think, should companies adopt Android Wear instead of creating their own OS which will more or less create vendor-lock?

Swapnil Bhartiya

A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005.