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Sony turns down Android Wear in favor of its own smartwatch tech (update: for now)

When Google unveiled Android Wear, many eyes turned to Sony -- would it ditch proprietary wearables like the SmartWatch 2 in favor of more standardized fare? Unfortunately not. Sony tells CNET that it plans to keep using its custom technology for the foreseeable future. The company says it has already put a lot of "time and resources" into the SmartWatch platform and doesn't want to switch directions. The decision isn't surprising when Sony isn't listed as one of Android Wear's early launch partners, but it may disappoint those who wanted to see the firm's sense of style combined with Google's reference platform.

Update: Sony has followed up and says that the original quotes didn't quite tell the full story. While it is putting its attention toward what it has on sale right now, it's still working with Google and continues to "evaluate opportunities" in wearables. That doesn't guarantee Android Wear support, but it leaves some wiggle room.