Smartwatches are only as good as the apps or utilities that are available, much like their smartphone counterparts. It’s what makes the Pebble so appealing, and while the Sony Smartwatch 2 doesn’t have the same range of apps – and a fairly embarrassing range of watchfaces – as the Pebble, there are some real gems out there. Sony’s latest smartwatch is something of an unsung hero of the smartwatch world, it’s certainly not perfect but it hits most notifications brilliantly and with a few choice apps from the Play Store you can create a pretty great experience. Add that to the fact that, unlike Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, it works with pretty much any recent Android phone. Remote Widget is one of those apps and frankly, it’s made my smartwatch experience much better. In a nutshell, this app allows you to select widgets that you have installed on your device and have them display on your smartwatch. Any widget you have on your phone should work and you can even adjust how they look through the app.
You can assign whichever widget you choose but, your experience will vary depending on the size of the widget. I find that 3×3 or 4×2 widgets, like the BBC Weather widget pictured above works quite nicely. It’s a nifty little trick that can bring a number of cool new things to your watch. For instance, the Play Music widget has its uses here, as I can control music but simply hit the album art image to be sent straight to the app to choose something else.
The really great thing about this little app is that it brings the widgets you’re used to using on your phone to your watch, making the overall experience that little bit more personal. It’s not perfect though, as this sort of thing will have more of an impact on both your watch’s battery and your phone’s but, in the last few days of testing I’ve not noticed anything all that noticeable. Remote Widget isn’t a free app but, it’s a small price to pay to get access to all of your favorite widgets right where they make sense – on your wrist. If you’re interested in getting the Smartwatch 2 you can do so from Amazon and if you already have one, shout in the comments!