Sony's SmartWatch cheaper, more compatible with a broader range of phones than Samsung's version

Calls cannot be made directly through wristwatch

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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