Busy with bitching and moaning about the sluggish pace at which even 2015 flagship Android phones were upgraded to version 6.0, we all missed the brilliant but silent software support work performed by Google and its device-manufacturing partners as far as smartwatches are concerned.

Granted, there were way fewer of those to bring up to date, with a lot less hardware differences between them, but it’s still extremely nice to see the entire Android Wear family already bumped up to Marshmallow.

At least what we like to call Marshmallow, as Google generally tags the latest OS iteration simply as version 1.4. Oddly enough, old, unpopular timepieces including the original LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live got the UI tweaks OTA a while back, and the slightly newer, cooler Sony SmartWatch 3 was left waiting until yesterday.

Now we’ve come full circle though, even if this particular gadget is actually rectangular, and in addition to built-in GPS support, lengthy battery life, a transflective 1.6-inch display and water protection, the Sony SmartWatch 3 has the most advanced software possible going for it as well.

That includes a bunch of new gestures for smoother, more intuitive navigation, voice-commanded text messages, but unfortunately none of the audio goodies activated by a speaker. The SmartWatch 3 lacks the component, so it’s probably wise to expect Amazon to trim the $150 price further if you’re thinking of buying one. The Google Store is no longer an option, and third-party retailers could themselves run out of inventory soon, but we believe that’s a risk worth taking.

Source: Google Plus

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