Smart Watch Companion is the Swiss Army Knife of Pebble Apps

By Alicia Erlich on 24 Mar 2014 04:57 pm EDT
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When it comes to using your Pebble on BlackBerry, users are presented with only a couple of native options to choose from. One of these applications is Talk2Watch, a full-featured application that brings notifications and scripts right to your wrist. As you already know, the developer released the API to allow other talented coders to create their own Pebble companion apps. The result is Smart Watch Companion, a native BlackBerry 10 app packed with features and goodies for Pebble owners.

If there is one thing we can agree on, being able to increase the functionality of the Pebble on the BlackBerry platform is a good thing. These eclectic array of features will ensure BlackBerry owners get the most out of their Pebble experience.

First and foremost, you will need the current version of Talk2Watch Pro or Talk2Watch in order for the notifications to push to your wearable. While it can run as a stand-alone application, you will have to refer to your device instead of receiving the data on your smartwatch if Talk2Watch is not active or installed.

Upon launching for the first time the application will scan to see if Talk2Watch is installed. If it is, it will ask to install the necessary scripts which Talk2Watch Pro employs. These scripts allow you to access many of these capabilities directly on your wrist with a press of a button.

All that you must do is access the music function on your Pebble and rapidly tap three times the top right button to activate and navigate to the SWC menu. From there you may browse through the options and select which script you want. The notification and data is pushed directly without having to set a specific button combination.

As referenced earlier this application allows users access to a variety of functions for the Pebble such as pushing financial quotes for Bitcoin/Litecoin, accessing the local weather, viewing the latest quotes for your favorite stocks, or even following the latest RSS feeds for CrackBerry, the Register, or BBC News. In regards to the last one you can either have the articles pushed one-by-one, as multiple items, or view the posts directly from within the application. Also included is the ability to see your current location and share your GPS coordinates or address with your contacts. This information can also be displayed on your Pebble as well.

For those who constantly wear their smartwatch there is an Alarm section. Using this tab you can set three independent alarms. Each one will play an audible alert, enable vibration, and send notifications to your Pebble every ten seconds until stopped. You can set each alarm using the on/off toggle switch, select the time using the dropdown, and choose the day using the check boxes below. Users may also control these alarms using scriptmode on the Pebble.

One feature that I happen to like is the Social tab. From here you can view all of your BBM contacts who have SWC installed, view their status and which version they are running, and even initiate a BBM chat with all of your contacts. However, this is dependent on your contacts connecting SWC to BBM.

Finally, there is a built-in authenticator function for those who have 2-step verification set for LastPass or Google. If you go into settings and enter in your private key information (for Google this is not the App-specific password but the secret key), you can generate your own verification codes and have them sent to your Pebble. This is probably one of my most used functions as it is easier than having them sent by texts. For those who are worried, the code is set to expire in a set amount of time and your Pebble will notify you when it has done so.

I can honestly say this is quite a useful application for BlackBerry owners with a Pebble. It combines several features into one and all of them are conveniently accessible on both your device and smartwatch. Smartwatch Companion supports BlackBerry 10 running OS 10.2.1 and is $2.99 to buy in BlackBerry World. For those wishing to use the scriptmode and have Talk2Watch Pro, you will need at least Pebble 2.0 beta 4 firmware installed.

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Smart Watch Companion is the Swiss Army Knife of Pebble Apps

22 Comments

Hear, hear, some are loading 10.3 just now....

Sorry, I understand you have valid reasons for wanting an official OTA update. Not meaning to be mean. Still, two US carriers haven't released yet...

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

I'm hung up on having to rely on a smaller screen with less information vs just looking at the phone itself. Can't get into the smart watch trend.

For me, it's part convenience and part I'm a tech junkie. I like being able to see my messages hands free then decide when I need to pull out the phone. Especially when washing dishes at work, and driving. Not to mention controlling audio from my wrist over my bluetooth ear bud. I listen to podcasts all day at work and having volume, play/pause, and track skipping all at my wrist is sweet!

Posted with my CB-Q10 using the power of " Q "

Dammit!!! Why is the matte black one still not available? I'm really starting to change my mind about these smart watch items.

Posted via CB10 on my sexy white Z30 rocking 10.2.1.2141

Haven't quite warmed up to that trend yet. So glad I could get rid if that watch years ago, and check the time on my phone.

Wristband causes ugly rashes here in the hot and steamy tropics, and it sticks and rubs. Sweaty, even underneath the watch. Pass for now...

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

The tech surely has its use cases for some, but it won't be a mass market phenomenon for a while, I suppose. Unless Apple...

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

Guys...don't wait for the OTA update. The US doesn't care about blackberry. Just download it from crackberry forums. I did it 2 weeks ago and so glad that I did. I didn't lose any contacts or inboxes of any kind but back up your phone just in case. I'm on sorry ass AT&T.

Posted via CB10

I really love this. I was opposed to it before, because we already have so many gadgets with which to communicate, but I work at a job that I can not have my phone out at the hotel front desk. So I think that this is a good idea.

Posted via CB10

I like it. I don't wear a watch often but I'd rather look at my a watch then have my phone out constantly checking if the message I just received is worth answering right away. Like at a restaurant, the theater, in the car, on the train, in a meeting, etc....