When Google announced the release of Android Wear 2.0, there were a bunch of smartwatches confirmed by Google that would be getting the update. Missing from the list was Sony’s SmartWatch 3, but given that the watch was launched in 2014, we guess Sony might have felt it might not have been up to scratch to receive the update.
Unsurprisingly owners of the device aren’t too thrilled about it and have since launched a petition in which they are asking Sony to bring the update to the smartwatch. The petition reads, “Despite its release date of October 2014, the devices specifications are up to par with today’s Smartwatch standards. It has a Snapdragon 400 equivalent processor, 512 Mb of RAM, and it has NFC capabilities, which can be used with one of Android Wear’s newest capabilities: Android Pay.”
The petition also points out other devices that have similar specs but yet are eligible for the update. “Devices such as the Asus Zenwatch 2 and the Moto 360 2nd Generation have identical specifications; yet, the Sony Smartwatch 3 seems to be the one left out of the game. In some cases, the SW3 outshines the others with its GPS, WiFi, NFC, and IP68 capabilities.”
It is unclear as to why Sony is not choosing to update the smartwatch. It is possible that because it is so old that Sony doesn’t think that investing in resources for the update is worth it, but either way if you want to sign the petition and hopefully get Sony to reconsider, head on over to Change.org for the details.