Some of the best smartwatches use Wear OS. This operating system, previously known as Android Wear, has a lot of applications to exploit the possibilities of our smartwatch. Today, we review some of the most interesting and essential, specifically the best apps for smartwatches that work on Android Wear OS.
Apps to control our physical activity and health, to organize ourselves, communicate, and even to entertain ourselves for a while. Many of these applications still depend on a “sister app” installed on the mobile, but some already work completely independently. And best of all, many of these apps have received notable improvements with the release of the latest Android Wear last year. Which is to be appreciated.
The 10 best apps for your Android smartwatch in 2020
Unlike what we could see at the beginning, smartwatch apps are no longer limited to showing us a few notifications on the screen. Now things have evolved a lot, and we can find little gems like these.
1# Google Pay
Payments from the smartwatch? Right! Google Pay also has a version compatible with smartwatches. It allows making payments through NFC and also serves to save tickets and transport tickets. An essential application if you are already used to paying with your mobile and want to go to the next step.
If you’ve ever dreamed of making video calls from your smartwatch, in a futuristic way, you have to try Glide. We have to pair it with the mobile app, but once they are synchronized, we can receive and view video messages directly on the watch.
If our smartwatch has a microphone or camera, we can also make audio or video conference recordings from our wrist.
3# Wear Audio Recorder
We go from video to audio. If you have ever needed to record a conversation or take mental notes in the express plan, this is the app we need. Fully compatible with Wear OS, Wear Audio Recorder allows us to make audio recordings directly from our Android smartwatch.
And what about the messenger? Here giants like WhatsApp should learn from other companies like Telegram. This allows you to send instant messages, stickers, check our chat history, create groups, and more. What more can we ask for? In addition, Telegram has an updated version for Android Wear 2.0.
5# Wear Store for Wear Apps
Another application that cannot be missing from our device is this. If we have a smartwatch, we will see that it is difficult to navigate in the Wear OS app store with certain functionality. Wear Store is a third-party app that allows us to download apps much more easily. The only downside is that it is not yet in Spanish, but it is Ideal to keep up to date and discover new apps for our smartwatch.
Strava is an interesting alternative to Google Fit that has more than 10 million downloads and an incredible 4.5-star rating in the Play Store. It works as an independent app in Android Wear and helps us to keep track of our sports activity (racing, cycling, etc.) on the smartwatch.
The best thing if what we want is to go out to do a little sport and we are tired of carrying our mobile with us to collect activity records.
7# Infinity Loop
If you’ve already tried Infinity Loop in its mobile version, you have to take a look at this addictive logic puzzle on Android Wear. Some smartwatch kits suffer from a lack of space on the face of the device, but the Infinity Loop fits the bill. Great to test our mind during dead times.
Lifesum is a health and wellness app that helps us control the food and water we drink throughout the day. We just have to set our goals and Lifesum will help us keep track of the kcal we consume. It also includes some tips and exercises for the day today.
The name of the app comes from the English “If This Then That” (IFTTT), and means something like “If this happens, then do this”. Basically it is a programming tool that allows us to configure certain conditions or scheduled tasks on our smartwatch.
For example, we can tell you that whenever we take a photo from the watch’s camera, send a copy to the mobile (or vice versa). In short, an automation app that we can take great advantage of if we know what we are looking for. Compatible with more than 600 applications for Android, Google Home, and Alexa.
10# Google Keep
Keep is one of the best apps for taking notes. Once we synchronize Google Keep with our Google account, we can access all those lists and reminders directly from our watch. Perfect for making a shopping list and not having to constantly take out your mobile phone or notebook in the supermarket every two by three.
Honorable mention: Google Maps
We cannot close this top without mentioning one of the most popular and practical mobile applications of all time. With Google Maps, we will have access from the clock to maps, GPS location in real-time, routes, and all kinds of information to move from one location to another.
The application asks for quite a few permissions, although it is very light – it barely weighs 27MB – and comes from a trusted source, which should be more than enough to give it a try and update our smartwatch with an app of such caliber.
Finally, I would like to mention that there are also versions for Android Wear of other really popular apps, such as Uber, Tinder, Shazam, Sleep as Android, Google Slides (for making presentations), and many others. Which one do you stay with?