JAPANESE HARDWARE MAKER Sony has hinted that it will announce a Smartwatch next week, as it looks to beat Apple and Samsung to it.
Sony's Xperia Twitter account has tweeted some cryptic tweets over the past few days, all of them pointing towards a Smartwatch launch at next week's Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai.
We might catch a glimpse of the device here in the UK too, with Sony tipped to make an announcement on 25 June. While all signs have so far pointed towards a phablet device, it looks like we might also be seeing a Smartwatch to accompany it.
While next week's revelation won't be Sony's debut Smartwatch device, it's likely to boast more advanced functionality, given that other companies, including Apple and Samsung, have revealed that they are also looking to enter the wearable technology market.
While it's still unclear what we can expect from Sony's upcoming Smartwatch, the rumour mill has been quick to generate speculation regarding Apple's and Samsung's devices.
Apple's rumoured iWatch apparently will act as an extension of the iPhone and iPad, featuring apps such as Messages and Music. Samsung's device, which we assume will have the word 'Galaxy' in its name somewhere, will be much the same, offering Android smartphone users a wearable extension of their handsets.
There's also talk that Microsoft is working on a watch as a companion to both Windows 8 and Windows Phone devices. µ