Android Wear is here, and it is ready to be worn. While it hasn’t gained in same popularity over the time it has been announced; there are some great Android Wear apps available for the platform. I’ve only used a Motorola smartwatch for around 15 days, and it was a great experience.
I’m one of those guys who doesn’t like to wear any accessories so; Android wear is not for me. However, if you like to add on to your existing Android experience, it is one of the best ways to do so.
Google has been fast and hard on pushing Android wear lately. A lot of different manufacturers are jumping into making smart watches using Android wear. I’m equally impressed by how the companies are designing their smart watches as well as how rapidly they are improving them. This article is all about some essential Android Wear apps that will most certainly help you get more out of your watch.
Note: The 5 best Android where apps were tested on a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone and a Moto 360 smart watch. I had to borrow the smart watch from a friend, so I wasn’t able to thoroughly check out all the features. However, during my testing, all of the apps performed fine and paired really well with the smartphone.
1. Smartwatch Center Android Wear
While Google has been trying to make Android wear more accessible to common folk, it has failed on one front. Of course, I’m talking about the Google play store, which doesn’t exactly make it easy to spot apps that are compatible with Android Wear. No, I’m not going to be rude the whole description about the app to learn whether it’s going to be working on Android wear or not.
Thankfully, Smartwatch Center does all of that for you. This app is highly rated on the Google play store simply because it streamlines the process that Google should’ve done in the first place. If you’re looking for more Android Wear apps and don’t know where to start, simply get this app, and you’ll find a ton of apps compatible with Android wear.
2. Wear Mini Launcher
Launching an app on Android Wear watches is a pain, simply because you have to scroll through the app drawer. With this launcher on your side, you’ll be able to launch all your favorite apps from anywhere on the watch. You don’t have to remember the name or scroll through different lists just to launch a singular app now.
That’s not all; you’ll also be able to access the settings quickly with a double swipe gesture as well as change the brightness of the device. There are a lot of customization options available on this mini-launcher, and it’s a must have for any Android, watch owner.
3. Find My Phone (Android Wear)
Are you always losing your Android smartphone? Forgetting it in the shower or your coat pocket once you take it off? This app is made for you. It is a simple app; it allows you to find your smartphone with ease. Basically what it does is simply ring your smartphone when it is nowhere to be found, so that you can easily locate it.
Launch the app, tap on the screen and your phone will start ringing. Alternatively, you can say, “Okay Google, start, find my phone” and you’ll achieve pretty much the same result. There is nothing incredibly innovative or remarkable about this app, but it is amazingly helpful if you are the forgetful kind. If the sound is not enough, you can also activate the flashlight of your phone; it will become even easier to locate.
4. PixtoCam for Android Wear
This is a nifty little app if you use your smartphone for photography. If you are constantly putting your smartphone on a stand and taking pictures, this is the app you should get immediately. The app allows you to get a real-time preview on your Smartwatch. It doesn’t even require any action on your smartphone to work as well.
All you need to do is simply say, “Start viewfinder” and the app will launch automatically. You’ll also be able to set the picture resolution as well as the video profiles. The app also supports automatic orientation rotation.
5. Runtastic Running & Fitness
Well, no best Android Wear app list will be complete without a fitness app. Runtastic is a fantastic running app even if you don’t own an Android Wear watch. However, if you do happen to have a smart watch this app really shines. Simply having the luxury of looking at your wrist and knowing the stats is amazing.
I’m one of those people who is scared to take out their Android smartphone while running and this app seems to be a great solution. You’ll be able to see real-time stats of your runs or walks on this nifty app. If you like to learn more about this app, check out our Runtastic Review.
The Android Wear is still a bit young regarding technology, and it will become more stable and popular in time. These apps will surely help augment the experience you have with the watch.
If you have any more apps in mind that fit the bill, feel free to tell us about them in the comments below. I would check them out as well.