Sony SmartWatch: View in Phone is nice, but what I really want is Send to Pocket
One of the cool things the Sony SmartWatch can do is open up a Twitter or Facebook page on your phone. For example when viewing a Twitter notification on the SmartWatch you can scroll down and click the arrow button, which gives you the option to View in Phone, Reply with a pre-determined message you’ve setup on the phone, or Retweet the message.
If you click View in Phone (shouldn’t that be View on Phone, btw?), it almost instantly pops up the tweet in the application you’ve defaulted for the action (in my case, the official Twitter app for Android). Its one of the things that is very impressive when I demo the SmartWatch to people.
Plume is actually the main Twitter app I use on a daily basis on my Galaxy Nexus, but I selected the official Twitter app for View in Phone because when the tweet is displayed its a single press to get to the Android “Share” menu. Why do I care about that? Because 99% of the time the reason I’m viewing the notification on my phone is so I can add whatever it is to Pocket so I can “read it later”.
Pocket or any other read it later service is exactly what the SmartWatch was made for. In a perfect world, I would scroll through my Twitter notifications on my watch and the ones that were interesting I’d just “Send to Pocket”, without any need to actually do anything on my phone. As it is now, I first have to open the tweet on my phone, then pull up the Share menu, then select Pocket.
What I’d like to see the Sony Smart Extras team do is update the SmartWatch Twitter app to have a “Share” button. On the phone you’d go in the app and select Share To and then using the standard Android Share menu select the service you want the Share function to default to (in my case I’d pick Pocket). Then when I see an interesting tweet I want to follow up on later, I’d click the arrow button, press the Share button, and then know when I pull up Pocket later on my phone, tablet or computer that article or post will be there waiting for me.
I like using Pocket because it doesn’t just put the tweet in my list, it actually grabs whatever is linked in the tweet as well (I usually only send tweets that are linking to articles, i.e. tweets from AndroidCentral, Daring Fireball, Engadget, etc.).
Seems like the perfect marriage of technology, I hope someone makes it happen.