Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd Feb 2014 23:24 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Unlike the original Galaxy Gear, which has a full build of Android 4.2.2 on board, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are running the Tizen OS - an open-source OS Samsung played a big hand in developing. That's good and bad, of course. It's great for those who have been waiting to see Tizen on a mainstream product (insofar as smartwatches are mainstream, we suppose) and bad for the tinkerers. That's also led Samsung to drop "Galaxy" from the product name.

I don't care much about the Gear, but I like that Samsung is finally using Tizen for something.

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RE: Smartwatches
by kompak on Mon 24th Feb 2014 05:18 UTC in reply to "Smartwatches"
kompak
Member since:
2011-06-14

For example, why can I not tell my phone, 'Silence all notifications, unless my wife/boss/whoever tries to contact me'?


My ten year old Nokia can do this perfectly well. If today's phones are not capable of doing such simple things I'd say it's a major regression.

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RE[2]: Smartwatches
by unoengborg on Mon 24th Feb 2014 07:04 in reply to "RE: Smartwatches"
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2005-07-06

Unless Samsung and other phone manufacturers already ships with such capabilities, there is an app for that, and probably more than one.

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RE[3]: Smartwatches
by WorknMan on Mon 24th Feb 2014 20:58 in reply to "RE[2]: Smartwatches"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Unless Samsung and other phone manufacturers already ships with such capabilities, there is an app for that, and probably more than one.


Is there?

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RE[2]: Smartwatches
by WorknMan on Mon 24th Feb 2014 20:59 in reply to "RE: Smartwatches"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

My ten year old Nokia can do this perfectly well.


Really? So you're 10yo phone can recognize when one person is trying to contact you - whether on Facebook, Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, etc... it can recognize that this is the same person?

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RE[2]: Smartwatches
by phoenix on Thu 27th Feb 2014 21:36 in reply to "RE: Smartwatches"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

"For example, why can I not tell my phone, 'Silence all notifications, unless my wife/boss/whoever tries to contact me'?


My ten year old Nokia can do this perfectly well. If today's phones are not capable of doing such simple things I'd say it's a major regression.
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Enable "Quiet Hours" under Settings --> Sound. Disable all sounds, notifications, LEDs, etc. Then enable the Whitelist for contacts that can by-pass the quiet settings.

Just about every custom 4.4 ROM, most custom 4.3 ROMs, and several OEM 4.2+ ROMs include this feature. It was part of the LG 4.2 install on my LG G2. And it's part of the SlimKat 4.4 ROM currently installed on my G2.

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