The best apps for your smartwatch

If you've picked up a smartwatch, you'll want to populate it with apps. Here are some of the best apps that you can download from the Google Play Store.
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The best apps for your smartwatch

If you’ve got a smartwatch like the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live, Moto 360, Sony SmartWatch 3 or the LG G Watch R, you’ll be keen to get some of the latest and greatest apps to really make the most of it. We’ve searched the Google Play Store to find our favourites.

WEAR INTERNET BROWSER

Quickly check webpages on your Android Wear smartwatch. It copies the links from the bookmarks and webpages you recently visited on Google Chrome with your smartphone, so you can just click to open one of your favourite sites. You can also use voice commands and tell it a URL, or type out a web address using the keyboard. It even supports pinch to zoom!

WEAR MINI LAUNCHER

Android Wear is designed to let you open apps using voice control. This app though makes it easy to open apps using your finger. By sliding across the screen you can bring up a menu with all your installed apps, so opening them in silence is quick and simple. It also has a settings menu for turning on Wi-Fi on your phone, adjusting the phone’s volumes and more.

EVERNOTE FOR ANDROID WEAR

Evernote is fantastic because it syncs across so many devices, and now it’ll appear on your smartwatch too. This app lets you search your phone from your wrist using voice control, check off to-do lists and create new notes with voice commands. One really nice feature is that notes will pop up if you’re near the location saved in the note, or when any tasks are due.

MINI MAPS FOR WEAR (ALPHA)

The standard Google Maps app has some support on Android Wear, and will give you directions. The Mini Maps app though actually pulls up a map, and shows you where you are. While it’s more of a demo app than anything else, showing what’s possible on Android Wear, it’s really cool to have a mini map on your wrist that updates as you move around.

HITCH FOR ANDROID WEAR

Uber is getting bigger and bigger and now your Android Wear smartwatch can be put to good use. The Hitch for Android Wear app is super fast and simple. It displays estimated arrival times for Uber vehicles in your current location. You can launch it with your voice, and if you need more details just pull out your phone.

WEAR QUICK SMS

This app gives Android Wear smartwatches some more features when it comes to sending messages. Open the app and you can choose any of the contacts stored on your phone to send a text. Then, when you’ve found who you’re looking for, you can send a pre-written message. The app lets you make up practically as many as you want. Send and you’re done!

WEAR SPEAKER

Not all Android Wear smartwatches let you actually take a call on them, you need your phone. Wear Speaker though gives you a helping hand if you need to stay handsfree. Get a call, answer it on your smartwatch, then use Wear Speaker to turn the loud speaker on your phone on. Then just talk handsfree.

TOCKLE

This is a very clever app that lets you control your phone using your smartwatch. Lots of settings can be altered, such as screen brightness or turning on Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. But there’s also the option to set features to turn on or off at certain times, like when the battery is low. It’s voice controllable too, for fast and easy use.

FLASHLIGHT FOR ANDROID WEAR

If it’s dark, why would you want to rummage around to find your smartwatch? The Flashlight for Android Wear lets you turn your smartwatch into a torch. You don’t even have to touch your watch either, just turn the watch towards you so the screen turns on, say ‘Start Flashlight’, and the screen turns bright white. Very handy.

SHAKING WEAR

Android Wear even has games now, and one of our favourites is Shaking Wear. Just make sure the strap on your watch is tight, press go and shake your wrist as many times as you can in ten seconds. Fun and addictive. You can share your scores with your social networks to compare with friends to see who’s the best.

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