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July 4, 2015

Android Wear Apps – the future is looking good

Wear Mini Launcher_mainAndroid Wear is not too old, but looking at the speed at which it has evolved is staggering even though we know Google is known for its crazy speed of updates. We have seen this with Android, which was once on a six month schedule where Google delivered two big updates to Android every year. It is a bold and fast move, something that not every software company in the world can hope to emulate. Given that, Android Wear’s update schedule currently resembles that of Android’s schedules of the old days.

You have to own an Android Wear device to use this app
Currently compatible devices:

► LG G Watch
► Samsung Gear Live
► Moto 360
► LG G Watch R
► Sony SmartWatch 3
► Asus Zenwatch
► LG G Watch Urbane (Android Wear version)

And so, we now have a lot of interesting and good third party apps being built specifically for the smartwatches and wearables running Android Wear. Currently based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, Android Wear is receiving a lot of interest so early in its life from the developer community. This is a very encouraging sign, and shows that the future is looking good for Android Wear apps.

We compiled a list of six apps you can run on your Android Wear smartwatch and without wasting much time, here’s a look at our list! (Hint: Google Play links of all the mentioned apps are in their names, be sure to click them through if you like what you read)

Wear Mini Launcher1. Wear Mini Launcher

One of the first few apps to take advantage of Android Wear within a few days of its launch, Wear Mini Launcher lets you start using your smartwatch properly. Using the default launcher to navigate around on such a tiny screen is not only an annoying aspect of Android Wear, but it is also seriously lacking in smartness.

Wear Mini Launcher tackles all of those issues and then some. It lets you open apps with gestures, lock your phone with a tap on the watch and a lot of other things. The best part? It is free to use with reasonable in-app purchases.

IFTTT2. IFTTT

Another great Android app that has made its way to Android Wear, IFTTT needs no introduction. Still, if you were to press me for one, it’s an automation app that does certain things based on certain conditions you ask it to look out for.

The best thing about it is that it’s beautiful to look at and a joy to use. It’s also free, so that’s an added bonus.

Mini Dialer3. Mini Dialer

Want to look cool talking to your watch? Sure, there’s an app for that. This one also lets you initiate a call from your phone by letting you speak to it. For the cool factor, it comes at a cost of $2.

Evernote4. Evernote for Android Wear

Another award winning app, Evernote for Android Wear will help you maintain your loyalty to its note taking service for free. You can take down notes using your voice, cross off to-dos by double tapping and more.

Toggles Wear5. Toggles Wear

So you have a bunch of things you keep toggling on your phone – Wi-Fi, Mobile data, Bluetooth, battery status etc. If you want to control those bits from your smartwatch, you can do that, because of the sheer ubiquity of Android Wear. At $1.30, it is an extremely reasonable price.

Wear Aware6. Wear Aware

A phone locator, Wear Aware will buzz you if you go far away from your phone. It works great for people like me who keep forgetting where their phone is and start panicking. It lets you keep a watch on your phone, to say so.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini