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OpenWatch v1.5.1 (2011-08-02) Android (SE BT Watch MBW-100/150/200, LM958, Prada)

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OpenWatch is an application for Android that uses connected Bluetooth watches for notifications and many more. Full featured version is currently available for Windows Mobile (smartWatchM) and BlackBerry).

See OpenWatch !

- Device running Android 2.0 or newer
- Sony Ericsson MBW-100/150/200 (recommended - no issues)
- or LM Technologies (LM957/LM958)
- or Prada Link (limited support - currently missing message list and some notifications)
- or Allerta inPulse (only some Android devices are supported)

Tested Devices (or reported)
- Motorola Droid
- Motorola Milestone
- Nexus One
- HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1)
- HTC Hero
- HTC Desire
- HTC Legend
- Samsung Galaxy S
- HTC Tattoo
- Acer Liquid
- Motorola Milestone XT701
- HTC Desire Z (T-Mobile G2)
- Dell Streak
- Huawei S7
- Samsung Galaxy Tab
- HTC Desire HD

Current features
- Start on boot
- Call notification (name or number)
- Silent/reject incoming call
- SMS notification (name or number and text preview)
- MMS notification
- Media player control (play/pause, next/previous track, volume up/down)
- Music info (track and artist)
- Gmail notification (sender and subject)
- K-9 mail notification (sender and subject)
- Calendar notification (time and event name)
- Alarm notification
- IM notification (Mundu IM - sender and text preview, Hi AIM/MSN/Yahoo)
- Display number of unread SMS+MMS, Gmail, missed calls, battery
- Ability to Silence ringer on incoming call
- English, Russian, Greek, German, Swedish, Norwegian, French, Czech fonts
- Slovak, Polish accents stripping
- Any language support for mail/sms/music/appointment (Chinese, Japanese, Korean...)
- English, German and Czech localization (contact me if you want to translate the text or improve it)
- Notification bar icon
- API for developers (receive button events and display text/envelope on watch, make it vibrate)
- Graphical logos (96x16 BMP)
- Customizable screen
- Launch remotely an app

3rd party applications using OpenWatch API
- TransiCast (Joa) - transit service browser (shots)
- BusWatch (Wabi Labs) - real-time public transit vehicle arrivals
- ( Ltd.) - personal radio
- 3CXPhone (3CX) - VoIP Softphone
- Agenda to OpenWatch (Kamosan Software)
- Locale OpenWatch MSG plug-in (handydroid)
- Meridian Player

Installation (SE MBW)
1. Turn BT on
2. Pair the watch in the BT manager

Installation (LM Technologies)
1. Lanch OpenWatch, go to Settings, open Device and select "LM Technologies" and return
2. Enable BT on the watch and start pairing mode (2nd icon)
3. Click Discover in OpenWatch Settings
4. If the watch was found, the MAC address should be filled automatically - if not, you have to enter it manually
5. Hit Start
6. Confirm the Pairing request and enter pin if needed (check notification area)
7. IMPORTANT! Go to system Settings -> Wireless & networks -> Bluetooth settings -> Bluetooth Devices, hold finger on Watch, select Options... and uncheck all options

OpenWatch is closed source application but it's free. Decide yourself if it's worth supporting the developer with a small donation. PayPal link is on this page.

v1.5.1 (20110902)
added workaround for gmail notifications with gmail v2.3.5 or newer
added hardware acceleration support (Android 3.x)
fixed notification text color (Android 3.x)

v1.5.0 (20110305)
added new watch supprt - Allerta inPulse (fw 3.8.5)
added French translation by Zepiii
added all system notifications (using accessibility service)
added option to exclude apps from system notifications
added vibrate toggle for system notifications

v1.3.0 (20110110)
added music control - headset simulation (works with PowerAMP/Music Player Pro - enable headset buttons and scrobbling)
added option to select controlled players in classic mode
added option to answer call (instead of end call)
added option to display single messaging line using system font
added option to clear/don't use event queue
added German translation by Marc Hillesheim
added <UnreadNewsRob/> (requires ADWNotifier)
changed better BT state handling - OpenWatch service starts and stops when BT goes on/off
fixed <UnreadK9/>

v1.2.0 (20101117)
added event queue
added sending events after returning to range
added full text messages (1 line/2 lines)
added option to clear queue
added changelog embedded
added specification of required features for Android Market
fixed sms receiver priority

v1.1.2 (20101028)
added media controls/track info for Sony Ericsson X10
added media controls/track info for Winamp
improved calendar reminder on Android 2.2
removed Twitter support (access blocked by Twitter app)

v1.1.1 (20100914)
added alarm alert for HTC devices and Nexus One
added tag <UnreadK9/> (requires K-9 mail 3.102 or newer)

v1.1.0 (20100731)
added media controls/track info for Samsung Galaxy S default player
added media controls/track info for TuneWiki (requires FlyScreen installed)
added media controls/track info for bTunes
added media controls/track info for MixZing
added track info for Meridian
added swap messaging info and play/pause button toggle
added disable military time toggle
fixed fake MBW-150 (unconfirmed, not tested)

v1.0.1 (20100627)
fixed HTC Legend connection
removed internet permission (not used, just a test)

v1.0.0.1 (20100623)
fixed Private number text with phone numbers not in phone book

v1.0.0 (20100622)
added support for LM Technologies watches (LM958/fake MBW-150 and others)
added call rejection (code from Tedd's Droid Tools)
added private number (hidden cid) text
fixed multiple instances of partial wakelock
fixed displaying text instead of name in Gtalk notifications (system font only)
fixed rare NullPointerException on incoming call
fixed default messaging line values
changed proper silence ringer

v0.6.1 (20100604)
added Twitter notifications (tweet, mention, direct)
added Twidroid notifications (tweet, mention)
added tag <UnreadTwitterTweetMention/>
added Gtalk notifications

v0.6.0 (20100530)
added option to launch any predefined app from watch (music app) - link
fixed Gmail on Android 2.2 (not tested)
fixed Gmail notifications (last E-mail)
changed service priority (no disconnections)
removed notification bar option (required because of service priority)

v0.5.1.1 (20100523)
fixed rare exception on Droid

v0.5.1 (20100515)
fixed music track notifications
changed default counter GmailUnreadInbox

v0.5.0 (20100128)
added hires notification icons
added keep awake when disconnected option (power management)
improved watch response time (power management)
improved faster watch messaging info display

v0.4.3 (20100124)
added <SignalPercentage/> tag (GSM, Android 2.1 or later)
added Unicode support for MBW-100
added graphics display (API)

v0.4.2 (20100123)
fixed compatibility with latest Mundu IM (download from

v0.4.1 (20100117)
added batter about screen with changelog and links
fixed compatibility with latest K-9 mail

v0.4.0 (20091230)
added graphic caller id (96x16, BMP)
added customizable messaging info screen
added 2 line caller id
added firmware check
added limited Prada Link support (call history, notifications - CID, SMS, MMS, Gmail, calendar, alarm)
added Prada specific setting screen
changed android 2.0 preference icon
changed deprecated name lookup
fixed Stop and Exit
removed unused permissions

v0.3.3 (20091213)
added support for small resolutions (QVGA)
fixed API (vibrate intent with text)
fixed MBW-200 connection

v0.3.2 (20091205)
fixed intents (api)

v0.3.1 (20091128)
added Mundu IM notifications
added Hi AIM/MSN/Yahoo notifications
changed bold text in notification bar

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1st September 2009, 04:09 AM |#2  
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How much for the watch?
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brilliant idea, is the app open source? can we help or provide code to enable other custom notifications?

Maybe we can even make apps on the market "openwatch" friendly...

Also, I know its not possible because there's no API available for it..but GMAIL notifications would be great too.

Looking forward for it
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Originally Posted by crackertc

brilliant idea, is the app open source? can we help or provide code to enable other custom notifications?

Maybe we can even make apps on the market "openwatch" friendly...

The good thing about Android is that exactly this will be way easier than on other mobile platforms. Twitter updates or whatever you can imagine.
3rd September 2009, 12:53 AM |#6  
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Definitely ordering one of these watches, this is sick.
3rd September 2009, 01:38 AM |#7  
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It's nice alright, but I don't like the watch

I did a quick search, so I see music controls are possible.
But I tell you what the watch needs, a microphone (yeah and a speaker I guess). It would be sweet to use it in conjunction with bluetooth headphones, so you can be listening to music, answer and talk to the watch with your phone wherever.

But mix that with voice control and you've really got something cool. (Just don't say "Disable Bluetooth" )
3rd September 2009, 05:00 AM |#8  
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perhaps something could be done to support this one? The vibration function, fact that it is 25 bucks, and the look of the device itself would make me jump right on it...
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Originally Posted by Robot Teapot

perhaps something could be done to support this one? The vibration function, fact that it is 25 bucks, and the look of the device itself would make me jump right on it...

Amen. I actually have already purchased this myself for this very purpose. However, many websites are already up for hacking it and 0 progress has been made so I doubt it would be possible.
3rd September 2009, 10:44 PM |#10  
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I love the idea of this we just need more choices on the watches and what not. I guess that will come in time.

I really like the idea of being able to look at my watch and see who is calling instead of fumbling around with my phone in my pocket during a meeting.

A mic would be cool i guess but i don't think i would use it much. I would rather the device be able to show me missed calls, the entire txt message and mms messages (possible pic), calendar appointments and so forth. Great idea.

The Sony Erricson one looks pretty cool but it looks a bit spendy. Just need some companies to pump some more watches out.
5th September 2009, 06:43 PM |#11  
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When do you think the rest of us will be able to use OpenWatch?
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