Work on Octopus Watch is never done. There are always new feature to add to make the app better than ever. This page provides an overview of the currently planned changes that are coming to Octopus Watch. This list is not a guarantee. Features are only added once they meet all quality requirements. Ideas are added and removed from this list at all times without prior notice.
All of the ideas outlined on this page get one or more tags. Sometimes a bug is found that needs fixing . Other times the idea is for new functionality . Some of these ideas only apply to users who have an active subscription . And once an idea is ready – but not out yet – it is marked with a tag. Some ideas are limited to specific platforms. If this is the case they are explicitly marked with or .
Keep track of recent changes to Octopus Watch. Changes appear here as soon as they have been submitted for review. Once the update has been accepted an additional tag is added.
- Support for all smart tariffs. Not happy with Agile? Go is more your thing? No worries, the app has your back. Keep track when you were on each tariff and the app shows you the correct information in History.
- Share credentials. Got another phone or iPad in the household? Set up one phone and scan the QR code to quickly set up the other device.
- New simplified setup process.
- Change rates table size. The number of hours shown in the rates table is no longer linked to the graph. The rates table can show 24h or 48h of rates, or be hidden entirely.
- Ability to highlight cheapest rates in the rates table. The app can highlight the individual cheapest rates for you in the rates table. This is ideal for charging an in-house battery or EV where charging can be interrupted.
- New Nix v2 prediction engine. You can read more about the new prediction engine by clicking here. This includes the new "Wait a Day?" feature: see the chance of lower prices the next day.
- Better alignment of rates and consumption on Day Details.
- Fix reporting inconsistencies when savings are negative (i.e. costing more than standard tariff).
- Improved performance on iPhone 13/14 Max models.
These are the ideas that are currently worked on. There's a good chance these ideas will make it into a next update. However, until an idea gets the coveted tag there is no guarantee that it will be added.
- Show the export rates on the Rates tab for users on Agile export.
Promising ideas are listed here. These are either small ideas that require some more time to mature, or big ideas that require time to implement.
- Provide hints as to whether a user should consider switching to Go.
The grab bag of green pastures and blue skies. The bold ideas that hold great promise, yet which may not be realisable.
Sometimes a feature looks promising but just doesn't make the cut. This is the list of features that are (currently) abandoned and no longer worked on.
- Scroll back to see rates for earlier in the day.
The use case is limited. This requires a substantial change to both the code and the user interface. The benefits do not currently warrant the work involved.
- Provide an X axis for the widget.
Technical limitations make this impossible at the moment.
- Baseload calculation for users with export and/or electricity storage.
Smart meters measure at the edge of your property. For users who only have an import meter it is realistic to treat this as a usage meter; the meter shows the usage throughout the house at any given time. For users with both an import and an export meter this is no longer the case. You can use electricity without it ever registering on the import meter (.e.g. by immediately using generated solar power).
- Increase history beyond 4 months.
Octopus Watch has to juggle a lot of data, from consumption to rates to CO2. To keep the app working well on all devices the current limit is set on 4 months of data.
- Migrate the app back to the Amazon Appstore.
Amazon has been entirely unsupportive in helping to get the app back onto the Amazon Appstore. The Octopus Watch app cares deeply about the security of your data. For this reason, Octopus Watch requires Android 8, which is only provided on the latest FireOS tablets. However, Amazon refuses to make the app available only to devices released with FireOS 7 (based on Android 8), and keeps reiterating the app also needs to work with FireOS 6 (based on Android 7). This is simply not possible to comply with as it would require all data to be stored in plain text.
If you have a device with FireOS 7 you can sideload the Google Play store and install the Octopus Watch app that way. All Amazon Fire tablets running FireOS 7 are fully supported (with the exception of rate notifications).