Finally true “real-time & at a glance” notifications on my Sony Smart Watch

August 4th Update: Note Tasker has been updated and in their new version “Action Intent” is now called “Send Intent”. Also there is a new app in the market which is much more advanced than what is described in this post. I have a later post with details here.


Inspired by the NotifySmartWatch app that seems to have solved the problem I have been try to solve and this post on Stack Overflow from Sony I was able to finally have a “Control” app take over the Sony display even when it is asleep. My prior solution  was not really workable.

Update June 15: Functionality of the new app updated as follows for the “at a glance” info:

There are now two screens for each notification:

  • The first screen is shown for 3 seconds (with an initial vibration to alert user to “glance” at their watch)
  • The second screen is also shown for 3 seconds after the first screen
  • After the second screen is shown then the watch display will be turned off. 
  • Touching the screen within these 6 seconds will disable the automatic display turning of. Swiping up or the normal two finger tap will exit the app.


First Screen has the following information

  • Three lines showing the real time notification information and an associated icon
  • Battery remaining indicator (of the Android phone connected to the Sony SmartWatch) and a battery remaining visual icon (left side)
  • Signal Strength visual indicator (right side)
  • Two lines from the weather notification (if using MyWeather it will show temperature, location and conditions)
  • Weather Icon image on lower right side based on current conditions
  • One Line showing the time of the next upcoming meeting plus the meeting title (or No More Meetings if none scheduled)

Second Screen has the following information

  • Three lines showing the real time notification information (note the third line will show more of the subject if it could not fit into the first screen)
  • Last reading received from the Withings scale associated with the Libra app
  • Battery remaining visual icon (left side)
  • Signal Strength visual indicator (right side)
  • Two lines from the weather notification (if using MyWeather it will show temperature, location and conditions
  • Weather Icon image on lower right side based on current conditions
  • One Line showing the time of the next upcoming meeting plus the location of the meeting (or No More Meetings if none scheduled)
  • If a GVS user, then the dynamic routing number is indicated via an ICON, otherwise the icon assicated with the real-time notification is shown
There is also a widget which would show the last notification received (effectively the first screen as described above).

Updated June 10: I have combined the two apps into one – new app here:

Note the intent is changed in this new app to com.alk.notify.action.add – all other parameters are the same. Example for SMS shown below:

This will be the version I update moving forward


Prior versions used the following two apps:

  • My Notify app – This is the notification app that is triggered by an Intent (typically used by Tasker)
  • My GenesysAlert app – This is the control app which will automatically be invoked by my notify app (when a real time notification appears)
When a real-time notification appears the watch will vibrate and the notification will appear on the watch for a few seconds, before automatically turning the watch display back off. This works when using any other app on the watch also (so the previous constraints are no longer present, moreover the prior battery life concerns are gone since there is no more polling).

The Intent is

  • com.sonyericsson.extras.liveware.extension.notificationsample.action.add
  • It requires two parameters:
    • sender: one can optionally append #%CELLSIG# (at the end) to enable the displaying of the current cell signal on the subsequent notifications (note one needs to reboot their phone for this to work properly – a Tasker limitation)
    • subject:
  • So in tasker it would look like:
  • Sender has special reserved parameters which would trigger special images (the default is for email):
    • flighttrack – (for the android app flighttrack Pro)

    • googlevoice – for Google Voice Notifications
    • The latest version of Augmented Traffic Views directly integrates with my app for red light camera alerts
    • sms  - for incoming text messages (put sms+number) – the “sms” at the start will be stripped out before being displayed
    • livenotifier – to be used with Genesys GVS for auto turn-on when an incoming call is received
    • music – to automatically turn on the music player on the watch (useful if you have it integrated with a car-dock to bring up the music player)
    • weather – to automatically show the weather app (perhaps have this triggered via tasker every hour)
    • update weather – meant to be triggered by Tasker periodically to get location based weather
    • weight – meant to be used with the Libra app that integrates with the Withing Wifi Scale (Your last recorded weight from Withings can now be automatically displayed on the watch when a notification is shown)
  • Note the battery status on the phone connected to the Sony SmartWatch is also shown with notifications (this is to help me migrate away entirely from my MetaWatch)

BTW here is the key piece code to trigger a control app (hopefully it will help someone else also):

Intent i = new Intent(Control.Intents.CONTROL_START_REQUEST_INTENT

i.putExtra(Control.Intents.EXTRA_AEA_PACKAGE_NAME,”com.alk.whateveritneedstobe”);

i.setPackage(“com.sonyericsson.extras.smartwatch”);

sendBroadcast(i, Registration.HOSTAPP_PERMISSION);

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2 thoughts on “Finally true “real-time & at a glance” notifications on my Sony Smart Watch

  1. I realy like this app but there is one thing i hate!
    Why do i get audio feedback when i switch on services augumented smart watch pro

    Can somebody explain why?

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