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Sony Smartband gets an April UK release date

Firm's fitness tracker is coming to Blighty
Tue Jan 14 2014, 12:11
Sony Smartband fitness tracker

JAPANESE GADGET MAKER Sony's debut fitness tracking device, the Sony Smartband, will see a release in the UK in April.

That's according to Carphone Warehouse, and while Sony has yet to announce availability details, the retailer has revealed that the Smartband will be released in April. There's no word on its pricing yet.

Unveiled at CES in Las Vegas last week, the Sony Smartband sees the company looking to challenge the Nike Fuelband. The device is compatible with both iOS and Android, and its primary focus, much like the Fuelband, is to track its user's fitness, which it does by pairing with Sony's Lifelog application.

As well as keeping track of how far you've walked or run, the Sony Smartband will record just about everything you do every day, from which song you played at what time to whom you texted. By doing this, Sony claims it can help Smartband users improve their fitness routines, by creating a playlist of your most motivating running songs, for example.

Much like Sony's Smartwatch device, the Smartband can also act as a makeshift remote for your smartphone, and it doesn't have to be a Sony device.

"You can control music and movies and receive notifications without having to take your phone out of your pocket," Sony explained.

When released, the Sony Smartband, which is crafted from silicon rubber, will be available in a number of different colours, although it's unclear which versions Carphone Warehouse will offer at launch.

Carphone Warehouse's Coming Soon webpage has also revealed that Samsung will release its Galaxy Tab Pro lineup of 8.4in, 10.1in and 12.2in tablets in the UK next month. µ

 

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