Huge SmartWatch 2 update lands; brings custom watch faces and double-tap to wake

by XB on 22nd April 2014

in Accessories, Featured Content, Firmware

SmartWatch 2 Editor_10The big SmartWatch 2 update that we have long been waiting for has finally arrived. The new firmware updates the build number from 1.0.B.3.46/1.0.A.3.8 to 1.0.B.4.152/1.0.A.4.11. New changes include the ability to customise your own watch face with the addition of widget support, six new wallpapers, double-tap to wake screen (turns on the backlight), a built-in calculator app and the ability to manage apps directly from your SmartWatch 2.

A number of SmartWatch 2 related apps have also been updated to take advantage of this new firmware. For example, updating Weather smart extension provides the widget needed to display the weather on your watch face. Other changes include tweaks to the notification drawer and Gmail and Facebook apps as well as the ability to turn vibration off for Bluetooth connections. Click through for some screens of the latest update.

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SmartWatch 2 Watchface Editor

The SmartWatch 2 Watchface Editor allows you to customise your watch face both with different clock styles (digital and analogue) and add widgets too (weather, notifications, battery, Bluetooth etc). All of the editing is done via your phone rather than the SW2 itself.

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Once you click “Edit watch faces”, you can choose from a selection of watch faces or click the + button to create your own.

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This gives a blank canvas from which to create your own watch face. There are two main options to choose from: Clocks and Widgets.

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Clicking on clocks gives you a selection of clock types to choose from. This can be dragged to wherever you want on the grid, with each clock type taking a predefined number of squares on the grid (similar to widgets on your phone). We didn’t find a way to resize each clock type.

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Once you’ve chosen your time, you can choose which widgets to add. There are selection of date types…

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… and notifications including Battery, Bluetooth, New events and Alarm.

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Your creation can be renamed or if you’re not happy you can start again.

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Any clock or widget can be deleted by dragging it to the bottom.

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A reasonable amount of information can be packed onto the screen.

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Via Sony Mobile Blog.

Thanks Todimu and everyone else that sent this in!

  • xPnoyStar

    Awesome! Gonna try it :D

  • Alessandro Romano

    Is still there the problem about Wifi?

  • Dakota

    So SmartWatch gets double-tap to wake, but the Z1 is left out? Does this make sense to anyone?

  • MasterYoda

    Yes it does, first they need to sell the Z2 with this exclusive feature and later one we will get it on the Z1,

  • Definitely the biggest update since I bought the watch in December!

  • xperiaDROID

    Yes. Imagine wearing the SmartWatch on your wrist and you need to find the power button on the SmartWatch every time, adding the double-tap to wake makes it more convenient.

    Z1 is a phone, we hold it, not wear it. So, the finger of your hand holding the phone will easily reach to the power button.

  • This was specific to the Z series firmware and not the watch itself. The problem had arisen (watch disconnect) if your phone was connected to a 2.4GHz network vs. 5GHz. That was resolved on the most recent JB 4.3 firmware on my ZL.

  • Dakota

    Well I mean it would still add a whole lot of convience. The Z2 has it, so apparently someone else thought it was a good idea for phones to have it. Lets say you’re just add home or at work and you have your phone resting on the table beside you. It’d be easier to just reach over & poke it twice to turn the screen on, instead of picking it up or reaching over the screen to hit the power button. It’s an added convience that would definitely be a nice feature in future mobile phone updates.

  • Dakota

    Ah, yes. Agreed, but I’ll rephrase. Does this seem fair to anyone?

  • Damon

    “double-tap to wake screen (turns on the backlight)”

  • Hamed Azizi

    NOW is the time to buy it. I have been waiting for such a customizable watch face.

  • lovebmw

    No gps…. No love

  • Micro

    I just found out something – this intrigued me on Sony’s site:
    Oh, and maybe key in a certain number and see what happens? Let us know if you know…
    I figured it out! if you type in the calculator a number: 1035 (the sony’s time on all watches :D) and the “=” sign, you unlock the hidden game “WatchWorm” haha!!! It’s snake game we all know :D and once you type it, the game appears next to the other apps..

    OK Sony, now you got me :D

  • Mirrorpurple

    My Smartwatch 2 died… So lazy to go Sony Centre

  • bimmersonygasm

    That’s so cool if it’s true. Hidden gems like that gives the elite Sony fans an extra bonus.

  • Badr A Bo

    After the new update has become a stop contact and Crash

  • Micro

    it is ;] check it out :D

  • theskig

    Incredible, it works!!

    Now the game appear in the app list! :)

  • turboguy

    that feature brings much more fidelity to the sw2 rather than z1,later on they could give it to the z1

  • theskig

    It uses the phone’s one.

  • Nabeel Raza

    Wow, that’s indeed true :o

  • XperiaBlog

    Great find! :)

  • Micro

    thanks ;)
    I remember that some time ago when the SW2 appeared on Xperia Blog, you guys was wondering – why it’s always 10:35 on all devices, I guess the mystery is solved ;) (at least a little bit of it :))

  • Ado Kanashii

    Please help, i cant add the weather widget on my edit screen because there is no option can someone help me please?

  • Nabeel Raza

    I don’t understand why the hell would sony hide it from the app drawer in the first place. :|

  • Micro

    because finding such things, hidden goodies, simply taste a way better

  • the_black_dragon

    you must install the weather applet from google play first. its under recommendet apps in SW app

  • bimmersonygasm

    OK really want the SW2 now after this update but not sure when SW3 is coming…

  • Ado Kanashii

    thanks man i did it! problem solved!!

  • the_black_dragon

    Yepp… i bought a device in September 2013 and i paid that price to get what it had that day… everything is just a bonus from sony and i’d never say “i must have this now!!!” ;)

  • lovebmw

    i am trying to find a use for this flop… at least i could have used it running, but it’s useless to me, as i have to carry my phone anyway! why get the watch?

  • javaforlife

    Anyone noticed the new recommended apps in the smartwatch 2 setting screen? Anyone see that Instagram app??? I clicked on it and it says app doesn’t exist on Google play.

  • Rene Pedroso

    How do we update? Its been so long I forgot, lol

  • Micro

    via google play ;]

  • Rene Pedroso

    Got it, thanks bud, which calculator do you download. There are so many

  • Micro

    use the built in one ;]

  • Rene Pedroso

    I found it, thanks

  • Mercast

    What the f*ck Sony?! Where’s KitKat update for Xperia SP?? LOL JK. :P

  • Ado Kanashii


  • Ahmed Noori

    wow nice i wlii buy it

  • Keon Fraites

    Tap to wake isn’t working on smartwatch 2 :( how is it supposed to work!?

  • WhyWai

    wow! this is cool.make am even slimmer, cheaper SW lite. i’ll buy it.

  • guest

    I max out the sensitivity and it works. The wake is just turning on the backlight(kinda dim but could be the brightness setting) and not unlocking the watch itself.

  • Meor Naim Mkz

    still facing terrible connect and disconnect on my z1 after the update. Can someone help me out with the issue, it is annoying that it is consuming tons of my SW2 battery.

  • Forever Wait

    Nope, now ain’t the time to buy it. The SW2 has been out for like almost a year? You’re better off waiting 1/2 a year more or so for the SW3 and you’ll likely get a slimmer, slicker version of it with better battery efficiency and likely new innovative features.

  • Hamed Azizi

    But I’m going to buy it online in minutes. I just logged in the market.


  • Alessandro Romano

    Thank you for the explanation! :)

  • WiZe

    Ahahahah, I defenetively recognize myself in your behavior… Who cares if in 6 months there will be a SW3; we will sell this one on ebay and buy the new one, isn’t it?

  • Hamed Azizi

    Exactly. Who cares. I change my phone every 6 month. But with this Z ultra, I really used to 6.44, so I’m waiting for Z2 Ultra. There is always someone to sell the old one.

  • Sasori Itachi

    I love this sw2

  • I’m waiting for the new SM2XZGen2323 … well … for the new one xD

  • Xajel

    I just hoped Sony will launch this watch with BT LE, but Sony didn’t have any BT LE device by that time ( there was few devices by that time from other manufacturers )… I hope Sony will soon have SW3 with BT LE and ANT+ ( sender and receiver ) also with all fitness sensors inside… it should have wireless charging and/or magnetic pogo pins like current Sony phones…

    Sync. should be with both BT and WiFi, the remote camera control is great but the slow speed of BT makes the remote camera very slow… WiFi will not work all the time, instead it will work only in data sensitive scenarios like remote camera, data sync… so no worry about battery usage…

  • If only they (or, just someone) made 2048 for the smartwatch ^_^
    *googles in the meantime* wait, it’s there already?!

    I think I’ve lived under a rock or something last week.
    My Smartwatch is getting better and better every single day! I’m glad I haven’t been able to sell it yet last week :)

  • kballard9

    I just got the update, and my SW2 went from being a great bit of kit (working 100%), to being just a watch. The bluetooth hardly ever stays connected, and when it connects, it lasts around 5 seconds before dropping. Give me back the previous version, my watch was fantastic until it upgraded. :(

  • aliasjim2000

    very nice update indeed !!!

  • Marvin

    ohhhh finally i can see the battery percentage level of my watch! I have been charging without knowing whether it has been fully charged or not..

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