It’s not enough to have just a smartphone or just a tablet anymore. You want to have a smart wearable to go along with your mobile device and that’s why smartwatches are slowly, but surely starting to take off. We already wrote before about the Samsung Galaxy Gear and some of the other smartwatch offerings on the market, but today’s post will focus on the mid-ranged device from Sony. Just like the Pebble, you can add all sorts of smart extension apps for the Sony SmartWatch 2, allowing you to add on all sorts of features and functions beyond being a simple timepiece.
After all, isn’t the whole point of having a smartwatch for it to act as a smartwatch? All of the smart extensions for the SW2 can be found through the Google Play Store. The selection isn’t quite where it needs to be just yet, but some of the basic notifications and features you need are available and they continue to evolve for the better.
Yes, there are already some watch faces on the Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 that display both the date and the time, but you may not like some of those designs or you may need to look forward a few days, weeks, or months into the future to determine a particular date or day of the week. For that, there’s this simple calendar extension that will show you a monthly view, including automatic support of holidays. For a small premium, you can upgrade to see daily and detail view of your personal calendar.
This is one of those smart extension apps that really should have been pre-installed right out of the box. As you can probably figure out, the Gmail extension will push your Gmail inbox to your wrist. It blends together the three inboxes — Primary, Social, and Promotions — that you may have in your Gmail account into one big inbox. You can view the sender and subject information of three messages at a time, as well as a reasonably large and scrollable excerpt of the message itself.
If the lack of pre-installed Gmail support was a surprise, then missing out on the messaging smart extension app is even more surprising. It won’t work with the Internet-based messengers that you may already use, like the Facebook Messenger, GTalk, or WhatsApp; however, it does work with good old SMS text messages. You get notifications when a new message pops in and, while you can’t type out a custom reply, you can pre-populated ten different canned responses that can then be sent as replies right from your Sony SmartWatch 2.
If you want to keep up with the tweets of your friends and your favorite celebrities, this is a handy smart extension for your SW2. By default, it will push every tweet that you would normally see in your timeline, sending them out to your watch at the pre-defined interview. This can be both overwhelming and a potentially massive mobile data hog. I suggest going into the settings and only selecting the accounts where you really want to get the notifications. I personally use it as a news and sports ticker mostly, as well as a way to keep track of mentions and direct messages.
Is it cold outside? Should I be grabbing my sunglasses or my umbrella? Yes, you might already have a weather app or widget on your smartphone, but wouldn’t it be easier to get the weather forecast on that Sony SmartWatch 2 you just got? This straightforward smart extension shows the current conditions for you city of choice, as a well as a short forecast for the next couple of days. It’s simple, elegant, and effective.