CoWatch Software Release – November 10, 2016
Software release 1.1.3 for the CoWatch (powered by Cronologics) includes bug fixes, a redesigned Bluetooth tethering flow, and UI improvements. An update to the CoWatch Companion application on iOS and Android are also available. Please update your Companion apps in the App Store and Google Play Store as there are important crashes that are fixed in the newer versions . A summary of the changes are below.
Your continued feedback allows us to provide the most important features and bug fixes in earlier releases so please let us know what is working and what can be improved at email@example.com.
CoWatch 1.1.3 Release Notes (Build 720.signed):
- New watchface – “Waiting!”
- Refreshed Quick Settings drawer:
- Swipe up from the bottom of the watch face, and you will see fresh icons in your Quick Settings drawer
- Quick settings has been reordered to put the most important shortcuts front and center
- Airplane mode is now available in the full settings and display brightness is available in Quick Settings
- Improved Bluetooth Tethering setup and Internet Connection management:
- Improved the on watch experience of Alexa, Houndify, and System update not having a connection to the internet. The applications recognize a lack of internet faster and there is prompt to establish an internet connection.
- Bluetooth tethering is now more reliable and is faster to setup when there is no internet connection
- In the internet connection quick setting, you can now turn Bluetooth tethering on or off directly. If turned on, Bluetooth tethering will stay active until it is manually turned off
- Improved Notification Drawer:
- Fixed an issue where the notification drawer would crash the system due to low memory
- Notification actions are clearer and more consistent
- Full screen notifications are now round and are easier to swipe
- Various bugs fixed:
- Fixed issue where watch face sometimes did not refresh the first time in ambient after having just been selected
- Alexa and Houndify now handle lack of internet more gracefully and is less likely to be stucking in “processing”
CoWatch Android Companion (1.0.132):
- WeChat notifications now supported on Android
- Cronologics account now branded properly in settings
- Fixed common crashes
CoWatch iOS Companion (2.0.5 v81):
- Updated the cards on the My Watch screen to display when critical permissions are not enabled
- Fixed common issues with Calendar sync on iPhone
- Bluetooth Tethering no longer offered in the setup flow
- Navigation requests from calendar events from the watch are handled more accurately
- IFTTT setup is now more clear and straightforward
- Other crash fixes
CoWatch Software Release – October 26, 2016
Software release 1.1.2 for the CoWatch (powered by Cronologics) includes a set of bug fixes and new features including a redesigned step counter and improved support for replying to Android notifications. An update to the CoWatch Companion application on iOS and Android are also available. A summary of the changes are below.
We really appreciate your time and support so please keep the feedback and input coming! We are planning on a few more releases this year so please send your feature requests and bug reports to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can tackle the most important issues. Look for improvements to Bluetooth connectivity and tethering in the near future.
COWATCH 1.1.2 RELEASE NOTES (704.SIGNED):
* Step Count Container:
a) Step Counter now tracks steps more reliably
b) New health graph so you can track your step progress over the week
c) Fixed step count resetting when you reboot the watch
d) Step counter resets at midnight as expected
* Quick reply to Android notifications:
a) Reply with emojis! (more emojis coming soon!)
b) Reply with a set of preset common replies (e.g “Call you in a bit”)
c) Reply using your voice powered by Houndify. Updated UI for speech to text dialog and chance to confirm the message before sending (requires WiFi or tethering)
* Five new watch faces! Reveries, Peaceful, Bigman Blue, Bigman Purple, Purple Dream
* Ambient brightness is now changed when active mode brightness is changed
* Lowered the default timeout to ambient mode on the watch face
* Internet Settings now shows the status of WiFi and Bluetooth Tethering together
* Text color changed to white for better readability on step counter / calendar container
* iOS notifications:
a) Now being sent to the watch with full text and scrollable
b) Fixed issue where notifications would be sent to the CoWatch even if they had already been seen
* Improved accuracy of alternative Time Zone Container in the embedded view
* Fixed an issue where weather was not syncing with some Android phones
* Fixed an issue where certain flash briefings from Alexa were not playing correctly
* Full screen activities such as Settings do not become the watch face after being launched with the physical button
* More complete translations for Spanish / Mandarin
COWATCH ANDROID COMPANION (1.0.126):
* Addition of a CoWatch section in settings, allows for managing of Cronologics accounts and IFTTT
* Addition of a Quick Replies configuration to change the quick replies to notifications on the CoWatch
* Android Companion no longer sends over unnecessary music notifications
COWATCH IOS COMPANION (2.0.4 V77):
* Updated action item text
* Fixed a crash when weather service returned NULL data
* Fixed a crash when removing action items
* Fixed issue that resulted in an undesired unpair
* Better sizing of text labels on narrow screens
* External calendar updates are now sent to the CoWatch and changes to calendar events come to the watch faster
* iOS Companion now points to IFTTT app if installed instead of website
CoWatch Software Release – September 16, 2016
Crono 1.1 (Watch OS Build 668, Companion App: iOS version 2.0.2 and Android version 1.0.119) is focused on feature and functionality enhancements for the CoWatch, as well as ongoing improvements and bug fixes. As part of our ongoing quest for perfection, we pay great attention to customer feedback. One of the most requested features was a speed-dial Container, which we are happy to include in the release. In addition, Crono 1.1 provides a beta integration with IFTTT, enabling you to connect your CoWatch with your everyday apps and devices, such as Philips Hue, Lifx, Facebook, Twitter, Slack, and many others.
NEW FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS
Speed Dial Container beta: Call your favorite people directly from the watch and keep your phone in your pocket.
a. On Android, your watch will automatically synchronize with your starred or favorite contacts so that you will be able to place a call to any one of them by tapping their contact photo. This may take a few minutes the first time. You can “Star” your contacts in your phone’s standard Contacts List app. (Note: Some phones require you to “Add to Favorites” instead of “Starring”)
b. On iPhone, you will need to manually choose favorite contacts by going to the settings screen on your CoWatch Companion application.
Note: You must have set up Bluetooth Internet Tethering (Hotspot) on your iPhone before using this feature. See the PAN section below for instructions on how to tether, if you did not do it when first setting up your watch.
c. As long as you are connected to your phone, you will be able to perform the call from your watch, acting as a handset. You may also take the call on your phone or on a another hands-free device by changing the “Audio Source” on your phone.
d. If you’d like to add the speed dial Container to your watchface for quick access, you can add it in place of any current Container by long-pressing the Container you want to replace and selecting the speed dial Container (phone icon) from the list.
We’d love to know what you think about this feature.
Alexa now captures your voice commands more quickly than before and has several other connection improvements.
Bluetooth internet connection tethering (PAN): To make it easier to use Alexa on the go, you can find a slate of PAN settings under your Internet connection setting menu in your Quick Launch shortcut. To access those:
a. swipe up from the bottom of the watch screen to enter your Quick Launch, click on the globe icon to enter internet settings.
b. Under the Bluetooth icon, click the button to enter your PAN settings.
c. There you can choose to enable PAN and share your phone’s internet connection via bluetooth (Note: Only certain phones and carriers support this feature). You can also choose to keep the connection on continuously for even faster connection to features like Alexa.
A new flashlight Container allows you to use your watch as a bright light.
In addition to accessing Containers through the watchface, they are also available in your Container Drawer: Check them out by swiping up from the bottom of your watch screen and tapping the red & white icon. If you want to add any of those to your watchface for easier access, you can customize your Mode by:
a. On the watchface, press and hold the Container you want to change
b. A list of Containers will pop up.
c. Choose a new Container to replace the old one.
Scrollable notifications: A lot of you have asked to be able to read full notifications on your watch, so we made notifications scrollable. You can now scroll through the text of full-screen notifications on your watch to read more.
Improved notification response with Houndify (Android): Notifications you can respond to from your watch will now have red buttons indicating that you can use Houndify speech-to-text responses. Those notifications will not be removed until the houndify response is successful. Please note that this requires an internet connection through WiFi or PAN.
SETTING UP IFTTT
What else? Once you upgrade to Crono V1.1, you will be able to create a personalised user account, that will enable you to connect your CoWatch with services such as IFTTT (If This Then That) and additional services in the future. Our IFTTT integration, which is currently in preview mode, allows you to personally configure watch Containers to select to perform a virtually endless number of custom actions: Turn your lights on or off at the tap of a finger, post a message on almost every social network, or ask your phone to ring with a quick finger swipe to help you realize that, as always, it is between the sofa cushions.
You can define up set up as many as five IFTTT button Containers in by adding them according to the steps detailed under “How do I customize Containers”.
To learn more about IFTTT and how to create Recipes, visit www.ifttt.com. To add the Cronologics Channel preview to your IFTTT account, click this invitation link. Then, for fresh ideas on what you can do with the Cronologics Channel on IFTTT, check out www.ifttt.com/cronologics.
Once you have added the Cronologics Channel to your IFTTT account, please follow the instructions detailed below to set up your IFTTT Containers:
a) Locate/add an IFTTT Container in your watchface.
b) Tap on the IFTTT Container. You will be asked to pick which corresponding Trigger (essentially a button press event) to associate with that Container.
c) On your phone, create a Cronologics username and password
d) Go to IFTTT.com and sign in.
e) Activate the Cronologics IFTTT Channel (IFTTT.com/Cronologics) by authorizing IFTTT to receive events from your CoWatch using your Cronologics username and password.
f) Create your Recipes. Some of our favorites are available at ifttt.com/cronologics
If you have any questions about IFTTT, please visit www.ifttt.com/support.
Speed Dial contacts sync can take several minutes.
IFTTT container colors do not match properly in some watch faces.
Translations do not propagate correctly everywhere in the system when you change the language.
iOS 10 Companion app does not link directly to Bluetooth settings – you need to open BT settings on your iPhone manually.