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Sony's $200 smartwatch works with Android phones

Published: Sunday, Aug. 30 2015 8:25 a.m. MDT

New Samsung Galaxy Gear in different colors are on display after the presentation in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013.  (Gero Breloer, Associated Press) New Samsung Galaxy Gear in different colors are on display after the presentation in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. (Gero Breloer, Associated Press)

NEW YORK — Sony says its new computerized wristwatch will sell for $200 in the U.S. and will work with a variety of Android phones.

Sony's SmartWatch 2 hasn't gotten as much attention as Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy Gear, but it's cheaper and compatible with a broader range of phones. The Gear costs $300 and currently works only with the company's Galaxy Note 3 phone.

Unlike the Gear, however, Sony's watch doesn't let you make phone calls directly through the wristwatch. You can answer calls using the watch, but you need a Bluetooth wireless headset linked to the phone if you don't want to hold it to your ear.

Sony Corp. said Tuesday that the watch is available immediately.

Separately, Sony announced the U.S. availability of two new phones.

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