One smartwatch that continues to sell like hot cakes is the Samsung Gear S3. It has great aesthetic appeal, good fitness tracking features, and one of the smartest operating systems on the market today.
While apps for the Samsung Gear S3 did not initially receive very good reviews, updates have upgraded and even totally overhauled many Samsung Gear S3 apps. Apps for the Samsung Gear S3 are now better than ever!
Without further ado, here are my top 9 app recommendations for the Samsung Gear S3:
Since time apps on mobile phones have become popular, time widgets have largely replaced watch faces. Facer, however, does the exact opposite – it’s the largest watch face platform in the world.
A smartwatch user can easily use drag and drop to create his own smartwatch face with complete functionality. Moreover, it’s the first cross-platform watch face editor with support for Android, Tizen, and Apple Watch.
Facer can publish to a number of users in a single click, and its building abilities extend to using Advanced Interactive and Animated Design capabilities.
Apart from individuals, companies can also partner with Facer and have their brand names displayed on unique and curated watch faces. Therefore, it allows both individuals and companies to use their creative abilities and produce watch faces that meet their needs and tastes.
If you do not want to make your own watch face from scratch, then you can use any one of a number of pre-made watch faces that Facer provides.
Find My Car
Perhaps, you’ve searched for some traffic apps for Android. But what about knowing the GPS location of your parked car?
Between far flung street parking in crowded urban areas and the gargantuan parking lots at entertainment venus and multiplexes, it’s no surprise that people often have difficulty trying to locate their parked car.
The Find My Car app assists you with marking the car location as soon as you reach your destination.
Find My Car sounds very basic in the kind of help that it provides, but it’s actually very nifty and can perform a variety of functions. It remembers the GPS location of your car, hotel, or any other location.
The app also helps you navigate from your current location to where your car is parked. Not only can you use Google Maps or another navigation app to move towards your car, but can also use offline navigation with a compass for remote or undeveloped areas.
Glympse is a simple app that lets people know where you are. Similar in functionality to Facebook’s Check-In feature, it still has some value-add in comparison. For starters, its function is not just to notify but to help others navigate towards you.
In the same manner, a friend’s location can be acquired by tapping a different icon. This app lets people know that you’re on your way or if you’re running late. All you have to do is set a duration, pick a destination, and let Glympse do the rest in real time.
Personal Fitness Coach
Samsung Health is improving, but a better option is Personal Fitness Coach from Pear Sports LLC. It’s free, can be used without your phone, offers audio coaching, and tracks heart rate, distance, and calories.
Personal Fitness Coach transforms stats from your personal fitness data and becomes your very own personal coach. While there are a lot of useful fitness apps, this platform has interactive audio workouts from professional trainers that guide you in real time, motivate you, and give you company.
It gives you access to personal training from the world’s most revered and prolific athletes, letting you choose from a variety of the world’s best training sessions. Besides, Personal Fitness Coach also has an optional PEAR+ Membership so that you have unlimited access to an extensive library of workouts.
Who here doesn’t know about the most popular ride-hailing app in the world? While there are many useful Android travel apps for road trips, Uber is one of the most prominent.
S3’s version of the app, however, will help you avail full functionality. On a basic level, Uber is a technology platform where this app connects riders and drivers. In cities where it operates, you can request a ride using the rider app and the driver-partner accepts your request.
The app informs you of the estimated time of arrival until your driver arrives.
On the S3, the screen is big enough to drag your marker down to the chosen pickup location. A rotating bezel lets you zoom in and out of the map and go through your choice of ride: a Pool, an SUV or an Uber X.
This is ,however, exclusive only to Samsung and doesn’t have the same enhancement of features on any other smartwatches.
The Nest app allows you to control your Nest Learning Thermostat or the Nest Thermostat E, if you already own one. It uses sensors, algorithms, and the location of your phone or smartwatch to automatically do the right thing – be it turning off the heat or turning on a security camera when you leave your premises.
If you forget to set an alarm, Nest will remember and send you an alert. Moreover, everyone at home can get notifications and control their Nest products with their own Nest account without necessitating the use of shared passwords.
By using this app, you can monitor temperature, set the device status to ‘home’ or ‘away,’ and control heat using the watch’s rotating bezel. These thermostats program themselves to help you save energy and see how much energy you’ve used.
You can also edit and view your schedule for amping up the temperature of your hot water, or get an extreme temperature alert before your home gets too cold.
White Light Flashlight
White Light turns your Samsung Gear S3 into a mini torch, by making the display go white and increasing brightness to the maximum. It’s a simple and useful flashlight app which eliminates the need to carry a regular flashlight.
The app doesn’t need any permissions except for access to the camera, so that it can use the flash function on phones, as well as access for when you restart or power on your phone in order to display a persistent notification.
The flashlight can be activated with just a swipe, making it easier for use on the Samsung S3 Gear. A configurable notification can be used to turn the flashlight on or off, and the light stays on even when the screen is off.
The home screen widget is resizable and screen brightness can be adjusted for when the light is too dim or too bright.
Using Google maps is a little too fiddly for a smartwatch, which is why I recommend using Here WeGo. This app helps you navigate your way round town and find places on the go.
There are greater options and less hassle with the myriad that Here WeGo provides. You can use the app whether you’re travelling by car, bike, or public transportation. Even if you use a taxi or a ridesharing option, Here WeGo helps you compare them easily so you can find the shortest and easiest commute for you.
You can also use offline maps for easier navigation. The best part: you can set a route and cache it to your S3, so that you can continue using it without your phone.
Flipboard News Briefing
A highly recommended S2 app, the Flipboard News Briefing gets our seal of approval for the S3 as well. Briefing, as the name suggests, puts important news information at your fingertips.
You can swipe left on the home screen to get updates on the latest news. Besides, you can pull up the latest weather forecast, go through fashion styles, and even decide on your next travel destination.
In a nutshell, Briefing packages all your relevant information needs and puts them at your disposal, making them easy to retrieve while you’re commuting or having to wait somewhere.
Wrapping It Up!
These are my top 9 recommendations for the Samsung Gear S3 apps. While some of them are also popular apps from the S2 gear, it only goes to show that they have been modified and improved to become popular for an even newer technology.
Make the most of your S3 smartwatch and get these apps now! Already have one of these apps? Share your thoughts and let the world know about your experience.