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Apr
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Smartwatches get all the credit, but they're largely nothing without the companion app calling all the shots from a nearby smartphone. So when said companion receives a pretty substantial update, it breathes new life into the accessory it's paired with. Today Sony has rolled out such an upgrade for its Smartwatch 2 companion app, introducing a brand new watch face editor.

SW1

From this interface, wearers can choose which watch face and widgets (weather, calendar, etc.) that they want on their watch. The update also throws in a new calculator and six wallpapers for the Smartwatch 2.

What's new:

  • Watchface Editor – Customize your watchface with clock styles and widgets
  • Widgets available for some native apps by Sony
  • Support for widgets and clocks from Sony and 3rd party developers
  • Support for Active Low Power Mode – app specific
  • Customized offline watchfaces and clock functionality
  • Calculator – Built-in
  • Low light – In watch mode, double tap for 30% light increase
  • Settings – Manage SmartWatch apps in SW2
  • Wallpapers – Pick one to suit your style

Other changes include notification drawer tweaks (the ability to scroll through calendar events and mark them as read), improved Facebook and Gmail apps, and the option to turn off vibrations when a Bluetooth connection disconnects and reconnects.

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Source: Sony

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Mike

    The real daddy of smartwatches, the most mature API, the biggest selection of apps and the most mature hardware.

    Whilst everyone might be talking about Samsung and LG, and the hipster loving the ugly ducking Pebble, this is where it's actually happening.

    • mobilemann

      i agree. can't beat it at it's price point either. (for what it does)

  • IcerC

    After getting this for $150 on sale recently I disagree completely. The overall design just doesn't feel very well thought out on this. From software to hardware there are little nagging points all around.

    • Mike

      As with all Smartwatches....

      Wearables is quite a new thing, and there are issues with all of them. The Sony is by far the best, getting over it's hurdles in Gen1 and Gen2 and now on G3.

      • Aooga

        There's a sw3 now?

        • Mike

          The first one wasn't called Smartwatch (LiveView)..

    • uhhhuhhhh

      Wait, whaaaaaat? You mean it's not perfect yet? It should do EVERYTHING before they release it! I'm going to wait until the SW5 comes out, but if it's not perfect then I won't buy it then and will perpetually wait. And I'm just going to constantly complain about everything. I should be on the design team and programmers will make what I want in minutes. Just for you idiots out there that think I am being serious, I'm not. Smartwatch2 is bad a$$. I don't care if it's a work in progress. Far improvement over my SW1. Glad to see the update.

  • https://plus.google.com/+SeanMcGee/ Sean McGeezer

    I love my SmartWatch 2 but I wasn't expecting this to get many updates at this point. Pleasantly surprised by everything they've added. Looking forward to third party widgets and clocks.

  • Lisandro O Oocks

    either way. seems best to wait for when they got ir blaster, and integrated real gps, and flash.

  • Mario

    They need to take that big ass SONY branding off the face of the watch!

  • http://arildkrovoll.net/ DryasAnne

    On my first attempt upgrading my SW 2, it never regained consciousness ;) My SW2 is loading the update forever, being doing that now for five hours....
    Just turned it off, will try again tonight. Any other had such experience of never ending loop?

    • UweMD

      My Smartwatch is also in an loading loop. Any solutions

      • UweMD

        Solution:
        uninstall installed apps, connect the clock to your phone and reinstall the apps. In my case the app "Clocki" leads to an endless reboot

        • Lee

          Thanks for the info. Same app was causing problems with my sw2 also.

          • http://arildkrovoll.net/ DryasAnne

            Fixed. Uninstaled aps then upgrade. Perfect!

  • Ambroos

    There's an easter egg too. Enter 1035= on the calculator (after the 10:35 Sony uses as a default time) and you unlock something that's quite a lot of fun!

    • Alex M

      Haha, that's awesome!

  • Lee

    After the update my sw2 keeps rebooting. I've tried reseting the watch, but nothing works. Samsung gs4.

    • jdjoynes

      Same problem with mine! Sony techn support wasn't much help on this, either. Have you gotten a resolution, yet?

  • metronome

    Ha look finally a proper smartwatch even with 4G

    Octa-Core
    XS-3 IP67 waterproof with nanocoating (ie hydrophobic)
    800mah battery
    Solar Charging
    4G
    AMOLED
    Android 4.4

    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/xs-4-smartwatch-android-4-4-solar-charge-4g-ip67-waterproof-amoled/x/4042531

  • metronome

    Hey instead check out the "Exetech XS-4", they really nailed the smartwatch idea,

    Does loads more than just popping Android Wear notifications on your wrist!

    They actually included loads of useful tech needed to make a viable smartwatch,

    Two words, battery length and waterproofing! Grab one from the link below....

    Features

    4G

    Octa-Core (think future proofing)

    Solar self charging Photovoltaic layer (Haven't seen this on anything else!)

    Waterproof IP 67 (Yup you'll be swim and listen to music in the shower with that)

    Hydrophobic water repellent nano coating (water literally slides off)

    AMOLED, nice powersaving :)

    Huge 800 mah battery, double what other smartwatches have.

    Standalone device, doesn't need to be stuck to your phone to work

    2nd generation device from an already established manufacturer...

    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/xs-4-smartwatch-android-4-4-solar-charge-4g-ip67-waterproof-amoled/x/4042531

  • ๖ۣۜNanashi

    I'm still using the original Smartwatch- happy with it! I won't buy Smartwatch 2. Why? No real changes, graphic quality's the same- LOW. I'll get a new one when they offer me an up-to-date HIGH TECH DEVICE, because that's what I expect my smartwatch to be! For now, I'm gonna stick to my smartwatch one. ^_^