Top 10 List of New Apps for Android Wear Watch
Android wear smart watches are already shipping which means you can now get a Samsung Gear Live or LG G Watch. If you happen to buy any of these devices, you will be swiping through notifications and searching Google like a champ. But there is more you can do with your Android smart watch – you can load it up with apps.
Though the number of Android Wear apps currently available is small, there are many good ones worth downloading. Luckily, installing Android Wear apps is simple. You just install or update an existing app on your phone and the Android Wear component will be automatically installed on your phone.
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The user experience for owners of smart watches can be wanting especially when one frequently changes their devices. This app allows your smart watch to search for and sync with other devices via a bluetooth connection.
This app gives you more control of your smart watch as you can manually connect or disconnect it from devices such as tablets and smartphones. When the devices are paired, all other applications within the smart watch will then work as normal.
What sets this app apart from similar ones is the ease of use -- searching, pairing and unpairing devices is done with one simple click.
At the time of writing this, there is no direct way of locking the Android Wear screen. The Lockable app is a Moto-360 app that prompts you to swipe-unlock your device before doing anything. Whether you are using a rectangular or circular screen, Lockable is an easy to use app that offers a number of options to unlock your device.
You can can swipe unlock your device using a pin or pattern unlock which is set to any duration you want. What this means is that you can tell the app to lock the screen after being idle for a set number of minutes.
Other features of this app include the transparency option that allows you to see what is below the homescreen without having to unlock it. The one thing that you will like about it is the fact that it will disappear into the background and will not interfere with the user experience of their smart device.
There many different kinds of apps for your wrist. The easiest way of using Android Wear is to take advantage of Android’s rich notification system. Android already lets you see due stuff from the notification shade on your phone.
Those same features can work on your Smart Watch too. So, when you install an app like One Weather, its notification gives you a detailed forecast that you can access from your watch.
Other apps which have not been fully customized for Android Wear still exhibit some form of functionality. For example, you can still re-tweet and favourite from Twitter but you will need your phone if you want to draft a response.
The best way to enjoy the benefits of Android Wear apps is to take advantage of the built-in voice activated actions. Right now, those include a few basic things like using Evernote to take quick notes or Lyft to call for a cab.
EverNote App for Android Wear
This is the best app for taking advantage of the Android Wear voice activation feature. All you need to say is “OK Google take a note” then dictate your notes which are then immediately saved on the Cloud.
This app is really great if you already are an Evernote user or you just do not want to use the Google keyboard. You can also say “Open Evernote” to check important information that you had already stored using the app.
The app be automatically updated on the device and you do not need to worry about having to constantly download the app from the appstore.
Just like Evernote, Google Keep is a note taking app that lets you make brief notes on the go. As it is synchronized with Google, the app will work virtually anywhere that you may be.
All you have to do to enjoy this app on your Android Wear device is to make sure that both your watch and phone are paired up.
If the app has already been installed on your watch, you do not have to do a separate install on the watch as it does it automatically.
Google has done a pretty good job of optimising its map app for Android Wear. With maps on your smart watch, you will be able to get turn-by-turn directions to wherever it is that you are going without having to remove your phone – very important if you are walking the streets. As with all Google products, you do not need a separate install on your smart watch as this happens automatically if the app is already on your phone.
This was among the early adaptors of Android Wear that one can use to call a cab from any location by just speaking to the in-built voice recognition system. All you have to do is say to your smart watch “OK Google, call me a cab” and the app will automatically figure out your location then hail for you a cab driver. The response time for the app is very fast and you only have a few seconds to cancel the cab if you had called it by mistake.
Receiving Hangouts messages from you smart watch is simple – all you have to do is make sure that the smart watch and phone are close enough to each other. You are able to reply to texts or messages from Hangouts but that is really all you can do because it is not possible to start a new conversation or video call from the watch.
Duolingo Smart Wear App
While this language learning application does not take advantage of Android Wear’s voice activation system, it is still possible to use it on your smart watch through the use of customised cards that contain information that can be referenced on the go. This is a convenient way of practicing a new language while on the move – though it would be better if the app is enhanced with voice activation which is really one of the attractive features of a smart watch.
This is a useful app with a clean interface that has been revamped for the Android Wear platform. The smartphone version has been around for a while which means that the developers have had time to sort out the initial bugs. This has resulted in a clean interface with very few interstitial options and no in app ads, push ads or any form of spyware. The Stopwatch app can record times up to 99 hours which can be exported to your email easily. You can have multiple timer groups depending on the activity you normally monitor and these can be easily renamed for ease of remembering.
Medisafe App for Android Wear
This app is really convenient for those who have many critical medications to take but always seem to forget when they are supposed to do so. The app comes pre-installed on most Android Wear smart watches such as the LG G Watch and Moto 360 and there is therefore no need for synchronization. Once the users have taken the medication, they simply turn their wrists left to right or tap on the reminder to confirm that they have completed the action.
This is a health and fitness app that tracks your work-out progress and presents in a simple yet powerful way. You can now synchronize the app that you may have installed on your smartphone and get timely information on how well you are doing as regards your workout program.
The app uses GPS to track your activity such as distance covered, location and speed plus it will give you the rate of completion on a number of pre-set metrics. Most of the data that the app gives is very accurate by up to 99% therefore can be relied upon as an accurate reflection of your work-out progress.
Though most of the features can be found in many other apps in this category, one defining feature of Runtastic app is the fact that you can set your goals be they calories burnt or distance covered, then compare them with the actual data.
One Weather App
While weather notifications are an integral part of the Android Wear watches, their functionality is somewhat limited. One Weather app offers a little more than you standard Android Wear smart watch weather apps as the notifications are more detailed.
For example, if there are severe weather conditions forecast for the area where you are, One Weather will give you notifications on your smart watch so that you may be well prepared ahead of time.
Moto 360 Android Wear Watch
The Moto 360 is by far the most unique looking Android Smart-watch that has been announced so far. Just by looking at its shape, one can tell that the Moto 360 was designed to different in both form and function.
Apart from the unique shape, the watch has a number of unique features that will set it apart from the rest and set the pace for the Android Wear space:
- Reversible knob that makes the watch usable by both right-handed and left-handed people
- Sapphire glass OLED screen for optimal battery utilization
- Inductive charging of the battery
- Compatible with Android 4.4 and Android L
- Flexible rubber strap
Motorola will introduce more design features for the various markets and expect to see stiff competition in the American market especially during the holiday season.
LG G Watch
Everything about the LG G watch seems to be out of place – a name that looks like a typographical error, shape that is too normal and a price that will surely put off the mass market.
Worse still, other features like the short battery life and plastic like build give the impression that it was a rush product as a response to the stiff competition and hunger from an ever growing market.
The only good thing that can be said of the LG G Watch is that Android Wear functions pretty well – as it does on all other Android smart watches. LG should have taken time to get it right the first time with this phone instead of rushing to market with a prototype looking device. Hopefully there will be a follow-up device that addresses these obvious shortcomings soon.
Samsung Gear Live
Though the Samsung Gear Live Android smart watch is striking similar to the LG G watch from the outside appearance, it is a far much better watch by all counts. The Gear Live is much lighter and thinner than the LG G Watch and has a more industrial looking design than its competitor.
Though both watches are simple rectangular slabs with rounded edges, the Samsung Gear has a much better screen resolution and Samsung has included the incredible AMOLED features that are now becoming ubiquitous on its slates.
The price of the Gear Live is by far the lower of the other two coming in at around $200 which is almost $30 less than any of its nearest competitors. On the downside, the Gear Live comes with an annoyingly difficult to fit strap that will obvious need a lot of replacing in the future. Luckily, the strap is removable which means you will be able to buy a better replacement when the time comes.