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With growth slowing in the $358 billion handset market, Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. are developing digital watches that allow people to make calls, check map coordinates or monitor their physical activity.

They might want to talk to Sony Corp., whose feature-laden SmartWatch, on sale for more than a year, isn’t mesmerizing the masses. Priced at ¥10,000 to ¥13,000, Sony’s 1.3-inch touchscreen watch wirelessly connects to Android smartphones using Bluetooth technology. The gadget alerts users to calls and allows them to reply to email messages or texts with an array of prewritten responses.

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