I published an update of the Fuzzy Watchfaces app for Sony SmartWatch2, which features a typo in the German Watchface, and adds a new language – Macedonian. These Watchfaces are my favourite, and the ones I most often use on my watch.
I was unpleasantly surprised to see the Sony SmartWatch2 app missing from Google’s Play Store (if you need it, you can download it from Sony’s site)… That just speaks of the abandonment of this platform by Sony itself.
SmartWatch2 is the best smart watch I’ve used, and also the best smart watch platform, in my opinion.
Thus, this is a sad development of events. I assume the reason are the new policies enforced by Google:
The Play Store requires all new updates to target at least Android 8.0, while
Android 8.0 is more restrictive towards background processes, and hinders the SmartWatch apps from functioning properly.
Therefore, there will be no updates to the SmartWatch apps, as I won’t be able to publish a functional version on the Play Store.
That said, if you happen to be a user of the Fuzzy Watchfaces app, and face any issues with the latest update, write me an email and I will provide you with an APK, which is unacceptable on the Play Store, but it’s perfectly functional on all Android devices.
Since there was a change in Google’s system of authentication, if your Email Writer for Sony SmartWatch app starts malfunctioning, just reinstall it, and make sure to allow the permissions, as shown on this screen.
Presenting to you the coolest, yet, app for Sony’s SmartWatch devices (1 and 2, SmartWatch 3 is running Android Wear, thus it is not supported). Installing the Android Wear app, however, might improve this app’s functionality.
The app enables you to reply to messages from many different sources
Text messages (SMS)
You can reply by either selecting from a set of predefined messages, or type the message on your watch, using the advanced T9 keyboard with spelling suggestions, available for a number of languages:
The classic app that enables quick dialing of predefined 9 contacts is now available for the Sony SmartBand Talk SWR30. The contacts are selected in the app preferences on the phone, and on the band itself UP and DOWN buttons are used for scrolling through the list and the call is made by a TAP on the screen.
Using the call log as an address book? Me too. That’s why I find this app to be a must for every Sony SmartBand Talk SWR30 owner. You can scroll through the list of recent calls by using the UP and DOWN buttons, and once you select who you want to call, you tap on the screen to make the call.
Optionally, the text messages (SMS) can be displayed in the same list.
First for the Sony SmartWatch 2: fuzzy clock (fuzzy as in fuzzy logic)! The difference between a fuzzy clock and a textual clock is that while the textual clock just translates the hours and the minutes to text, the fuzzy clock translates time into a more colloquial form. For example, a textual clock would read 15:47 as “Fifteen forty-seven”, while a fuzzy clock for the same time would say: “Quarter to four”.
These watch-faces don’t occupy the full screen of your SmartWatch, giving you the space to place other widgets and clocks on the screen.
Here are the five fuzzy clock watch faces available in the app, and the link to the app itself is at the very bottom.
The Sony SmartWatch 2 has the really cool feature of watchface widgets – meaning you can place any information on the screen, which is visible all the time, and since the screen is not illuminated most of the time, the battery life is preserved quite a bit.
The Speedometer app takes advantage of this SmartWatch 2 novelty and now displays the data in two kind of widgets: 1) The full speedometer widget – which displays the same data as the app itself, and is therefore taking all the space of the screen.
2) The speed widget – which displays only the current speed data, and therefore takes only a tiny portion of the screen, leaving it up to you to decide how to fill the rest of the screen area.