Wednesday 3 July 2013

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean can push notifications to wearable electronics

Leaked Android 4.3 Jelly Bean system update packs hints for syncing the notifications with the wearable electronics.

Over the weekend, the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean MR2 system update for Samsung Galaxy S4 leaked over the Internet, revealing several new features. AndroidPolice has now claimed that the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean MR2 will also support notifications sync with wearable electronics.

The tear down of the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update revealed mentions about Notifications Listener service. After tinkering around the code, it was discovered that the Notifications on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean MR2 based device would be accessible (Listened) by another device - mostly wearable electronic such as smart watches.

These notifications are initially limited only to the Google apps and only those devices with signature embedded in the code. Google recently announced the new Notifications sync feature across devices at the Google I/O. As per this feature, the moment the user checks and removes notification one device, the same notification is removed from all other devices with user's account settings.

So if the notification is checked and removed from the wearable smart watch, it is removed from the smartphone's notification tray as well.

This new feature was expected as many companies are now planning to launch their own smart watch like device. Sony has recently announced its SmartWatch 2 while Samsung and Microsoft are said to be working on similar devices.

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