If you’ve got your hands on an Android watch you’re probably excited to try out all the Android wear apps on Google Play Store, but you might be disappointed to find out that not all of them are worth your time, and most aren’t exactly what you expect. Nevertheless, there are some really useful apps available for Android wear (Samsung Galaxy Gear Live, ASUS Zenwatch, LG G Watch, Moto 360 and Sony Smartwatch 3), and here we’re going to list some of the free ones you can try.
#1. Wear Mini Launcher
Just like you have Nova, Apex and other launchers on your Android phone, Wear Mini Launcher is an app for your Android wear, allowing you to run all installed apps by simply choosing from an app drawer type list instead of having to fiddle around much or call out names. Some useful quick settings are also available, including brightness control, ringing mode and Wifi state switching. All in all, its a great app to try and is available for free download for most popular Android smart watches.
#2. Wear Battery Stats
Since battery life is a major concern for Android wear, the Wear Battery Stats app is very useful, tracking your battery use levels to come up with estimates regarding battery drain. Similarly, it can also point out whether any app is responsible for major battery drains and can also be set to alert you when your Android wear/watch’s battery level drops below a certain level. Once again, the app is free, making it a must try for your Android watch.
#3. Find My Phone (Android Wear)
How many times have you wanted to find your lost phone at the touch of a button? Well, the Fine My Phone app for Android wear lets you do exactly that. Your watch will notify you when you are going away from your phone (distance wise) and you can also use your Android watch to make your phone ring. You can also make your phone’s flashlight turn on, making it easier to find visually along with sound effects. Once again, its another free but very useful app for your Android watch and phone.
#4. Calendar for Android Wear
What good is a watch if it can’t tell you the time…or the day, date and important events scheduled for those days? Calendar for Android Wear allows you to get an overview of your monthly appointments and events instantly. However, if you want a daily view with detailed events you’ll have to pay. Nevertheless, even without paying, the monthly view is good enough to remind you of what’s coming up, and then you can simply pull out your phone later to check your Google calendar schedule in detail.
#5. Torque – Bing Voice Search
A Microsoft project, Torque brings Bing voice search to your Android device and wearables. It is much like Siri on iPhone or Google’s own voice command, allowing you to use voice search to ask questions and get answers to your queries. However, the advantage of using Torque is that you don’t have to switch apps or leave your current app to conduct a search. The app supports gestures with Android wear, which means you can simply turn your wrist around to activate the search and ask what you want. It is pretty neat and is free, so give it a try! Compatibility is not very extensive at the moment though.
You might also want to check out: Microsoft’s Analog Keyboard for Android Wear
These are all free Android wear apps which are available on Google Play Store. While we continue to try new apps and find good ones for you, if there are any you’d like to recommend or add to this list, please feel free to comment below and let us know!