The Best Android Wear Apps
If you’ve invested in an Android wearable, you might be wondering what to do with it now. Sure, having your SMSs come to your wrist rather than your phone is pretty cool, but an Android watch can do so much more. Of course, not all apps transfer well to Android Wear, yet we’re seeing more and more great new releases as watches become more popular. So if you want to know what you should be downloading, then check out some of these awesome Android Wear Apps…
UhrArt should be your absolute first download. One of the coolest things about an Android watch is the ability to customise the face, and UhrArt is the number one customisation app. There’s a whole host of designs available, for both round and square faced watches, plus you get the ability to design your own face, and the app is constantly being updated with other people’s designs. If you’re looking to make your Android Wear unique, then this free app is the way to go.
Aeris Wear Weather
There are actually a bunch of weather apps for Android Wear, but most are pretty basic. The popular 1Weather is a good basic choice, but you might be looking for more than just a temperature quote and to know whether or not it’s raining. And that’s where Aeris Wear comes in. Designed specifically for Android Wear, the free version of Aeris Wear gives you comprehensive weather updates and forecasts. If you’re willing to spend a couple of pounds on an in-app purchase you can also get radar reports so you can see what’s heading your way in real time. Aeris is by far the most detailed weather app for Android Wear available.
Wear Aware is incredibly simple, and yet fills a very necessary hole in the market. Ever misplace your mobile? Right, who hasn’t? With Wear Aware your watch will vibrate or buzz when you move out of range of your phone, which should be enough to remind you to pick your device up rather than leaving it lying around. Ignored the buzz? No problem. Simply click on the app on your Android watch and your phone will start playing a loud alarm, allowing you to pinpoint exactly where it is. Simple, elegant and free too.
Okay, okay, reading text on an Android watch is hardly ideal, but Attopedia does a far better job than most apps at making reading easy. In very basic terms, Attopedia gives you access to Wikipedia using your watch (could come in handy during a pub quiz…). But the simple drop down menu options mean that you can read a small section of text at a time, which makes on screen reading a whole lot simpler. We’re hesitant to recommend text based apps since reading on a tiny screen is tough, but Attopedia is the best we’ve seen at simplifying the process. And it’s free too…
Calculator does exactly what it says on the box, and there’s not much more that we can say about it. The app gives you a basic calculator option on your Android Wear. Need to figure out a tip? Want to know how much you owe for dinner? Calculator means that you don’t need to dig out your phone to do the maths. Free and definitely worth getting.
Evernote has long been a popular productivity app, and now it’s been optimised for Android Wear. Take notes, make lists, share what you’ve written, or be able to access it on different devices, Evernote is the perfect reminder system. It even has speech to text ability. Android Wear optimisation means a simpler interface, but other than that the app is the Evernote that you know and love. Plus, it’s the best list making Android Wear app around, and it’s free too.
Want to learn a second language? There are millions of users that swear by DuoLingo, and the language learning app is both addictive and effective. With the Android Wear app you won’t be getting the full DuoLingo experience (you’ll still need to use the free smart phone app for that), but you do get handy flashcards as well as a game or two. Perfect for brushing up your French skills when you’ve got a minute or two to spare, DuoLingo is free.
PixtoCam is one of the few paid apps on our list, but it’s definitely worth the £1.20 price tag. This app will control both the front and rear cameras of your phone, no matter where your phone is or whether it’s switched on or off. You could use this for spy purposes (there are no phone notifications or shutter sounds from your mobile when you use the app), or you could just use it for taking the perfect selfie. Still, PixtoCam is an awesome little app, and if you’ve got a little cash sitting in your Google Play account is worth picking up.
2048 and Flopsy
Android Wear isn’t really set up for gaming, but if you’re looking for a couple of time wasters, then both these games transfer well to the small screen. 2048 is the classic mobile game that was such a hit last year. Flopsy is an Android Flappy Bird spoof, that uses a Droid rather than a bird. Both are simple, take only a couple of minutes to play and are easy to control despite the small display size on an Android watch. Oh, and both are free too, which is always a bonus.
There are plenty of Android Wear fitness apps around, but Google Fit is our choice, simply because it’s much more flexible than most. You can set targets for up to 100 different exercises, and track your daily progress on your watch. Google Fit also connects to third party apps so your data will transfer if you have other fitness apps on your smart phone. It’s free and its minimalist interface makes it easy to see just how much work you’ve done…
Finally, sending SMSs from your watch isn’t easy, but Coffee will make things a tad simpler. Okay, if you need to send a long message then you’ll want to pull out your phone, but Coffee allows you to type short messages to send on the go. Even better is a drop down list of pre-programmed messages that you can send with one click. Convenient and easy to use, Coffee makes sending simple messages a breeze.