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Samsung Galaxy Gear 01

Samsung Galaxy Gear 01Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced on October 23, 2013, that the smart watch Galaxy Gear will be compatible with Galaxy S4, S3, and Note 2 through the Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) update. Compatibility to other Samsung devices will follow. Up to now, Galaxy Gear is sole available for use with Galaxy Note 3. In my point of view, this is the biggest disadvantage of Galaxy Gear at the moment.

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MetaWatch LogoAs I have already posted, MetaWatch Manager version 1.2.5 does not work on iOS 7 (beta, Golden Master). On September 18, 2013, MetaWatch Manager 1.3 and the new MetaWatch Firmware 1.5 were released. I checked it out immediately: MetaWatch Manager now works prefectly on my iPhone 4S running on iOS 7. However, you have to update the firmware , too (requires Mac OS X 10.4 Lion or Windows). Further more, the MetaWatch Manager 1.3 is now pushing all notifications of your iPhone to your MetaWatch (iOS 7 required)! iOS7 seamlessly connects the MetaWatch to all push notifications (if notifications are activated on iPhone settings). MetaWatch Manager also includes a new feature called MetaFilter, a dynamic filtering system that learns what apps are enabled on the phone and then lets users choose which ones can forward notifications to the wrist. MetaWatch officially points out the following the possibilities:

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Google Voice LogoThe free Google Voice service lets you can send text messages and place calls to regular phone numbers from the computer or your mobile phone. In order to activate Google Voice to get your Google Voice number you need to be located in the United States (this means your computer must have a U.S. IP Address) and you must also have a local US phone number.

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Google Voice LogoGoogle Voice is able to forward voicemails and SMS messages. I’m using Google Voice for forwarding voicemails and SMS messages to my COOKOO watch. In the U.S. iTunes / App Store you can donwload and install the free Google Voice iOS app for iPhone, but you can’t download it, if you’ve got an iTunes account outside the USA.

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COOKOO watch iconGoogle Voice allows its users to forward voicemails and SMS messages. This allows COOKOO watch to get notifications for these events. To set up your account, you will need to have created a ConnecteDevice accountYou will receive three new unique email addresses, named ‘token’:  One token for email forwarding, one for SMS forwarding and another for Voicemail forwarding.

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COOKOO watch iconYou can receive notifications on your COOKOO watch every time when you get an email to your Gmail (Google email) account. Before you begin, make sure you have set up your ConnecteDevice account from the COOKOO app. You will receive three new unique email addresses, named ‘token’:  One token for email forwarding, one for SMS forwarding and another for Voicemail forwarding. Your unique email token is needed in the following.

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COOKOO watch iconYou can receive notifications on your COOKOO watch every time when you get an email to your Microsoft account (Hotmail, Live Mail, or Outlook.com). Before you begin, make sure you have set up your ConnecteDevice account from the COOKOO app. You will receive three new unique email addresses, named ‘token’:  One token for email forwarding, one for SMS forwarding and another for Voicemail forwarding. Your unique email token is needed in the following.

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COOKOO watch iconYou can receive notifications on your COOKOO watch every time when you get an email to your iCloud account. Before you begin, make sure you have set up your ConnecteDevice account from the COOKOO app. You will receive three new unique email addresses, named ‘token’:  One token for email forwarding, one for SMS forwarding and another for Voicemail forwarding. Your unique email token is needed in the following.

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COOKOO watch iconAs I have already reported, the COOKOO app with its version 1.4 is able to notify you of incoming emails, SMS messages and voicemails. To do this, you will need to create a ConnecteDevice account within the COOKOO app.

Here’s how to proceed:

  1. Open the COOKOO app and select “Settings”.
  2. Tap the “My accounts” bar.
  3. Tap the “ConnecteDevice” bar.
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COOKOO watch iconThe battery consumption of the COOKOO app versions 1.0 up to 1.3 was a mess as I reported in my COOKOO review in March. But the freshly released version 1.4 on May 17, 2013, is an improvement in regard to consumption of battery life. Beside this, the notification center showed multiple copies of the same appointment. Yesterday I tested it using an iPhone 4S and a COOKOO watch.