First and foremost, the Pebble is your wearable solution for receiving notifications right on your wrist. However, for those of us who utilize multiple applications at once on our device (I’m talking about you BBM as well as others) the native Pebble application does not always provide support for each and every one. For me, exerting more control over my notifications is a must as it means I will have more information on my wrist rather than constantly picking up my smartphone.
To fill in the gap, there is Pebble Notifier. Simple, yet effective, it grants Pebble owners the ability to choose which applications can push notifications to your smartwatch, meaning you can select or exclude certain applications from the list shown upon loading. There is also the option to bridge with Tasker, however, I cannot comment as I do not currently use it, but for those who do the functionality is there.
The layout and use of the application is pretty straightforward. Once you accept the accessibility permission upon launching, you are presented with a list of all the applications, third party and native alike, installed on your device. To enable or disable a notification, all that is required is adding or removing the check mark next to each one. There are three modes available for users: include only selected apps, exclude selected apps, and off. Again, this are fairly easy to use and the three dots in the upper corner allow you to uncheck all or save and apply your changes.
When it came to some of my email accounts, I found enabling was not enough to warrant receiving more detailed notifications (i.e. Corporate email). They appeared only as a notification that an email was received. However, there is an option in settings to “fetch detailed notifications,” that when turned on makes reading body content and sender information clearly visible on your Pebble. In some instances, a few notifications from my work and personal Gmail accounts were duplicated in rapid succession. I do see this being cumbersome and annoying to some users though.
This is a perfect companion application for Pebble owners that offers more than just customization of notifications. There are additional features as well such as the ability to convert text before sending to the Pebble for unsupported characters, set quiet hour settings, and the option to filter notifications. If you are seeking to expand the notification capabilities of your smartwatch, Pebble Notifier is one I highly recommend.
As a side note, for the purposes of this review, I used Pebble Firmware 1.14.1 and my Moto X is running Android 4.4 KitKat. I have not tried this on other devices or other OS versions, such as Samsung, which the developer notes may require multiple restarts to start the accessibility service. The current version stands at 2.8.1 and requires Android 2.3 and higher. Pebble Notifier is free to download in Google Play.