15+ Best Android Wear Apps for Your Smartwatch 2020
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While Google’s Android Wear (rebranded to Wear OS in early 2018) has been around for several years, it reached its maximum potential after the game-changing Wear 2.0 update.
As part of this historical update, the Wear OS started supporting Standalone Apps, which don’t require your smartwatch device to be nearby to function.
Most interestingly, the Wear OS started supporting a full-fledged standalone Google Play Store after this revolutionary update, enabling you to browse and install apps right to your Wear OS device, just like you usually do on your smartphone.
And recently, as part of the v5.4.0 update for the Google Clock app, Wear OS has come up with a smart way to remind users to wash their hands every three hours to help fight against deadly Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Wear OS smartwatches have been updated with a handy ‘Wash hands’ timer that sends alerts from the Clock app on wearables, telling users to wash their hands thoroughly for 40 seconds.
So if you have recently got a brand-new Wear OS smartwatch and are looking for some super useful apps to use on it, here’s the list of nine interesting apps to get the most out of your all-new smartwatch.
Making video calls from your smartphone device is as easy as one-two-three but have you ever thought about starting a video call right from your wrist?
Glide for Wear OS lets you do that! There is no need to take your Smartphone out every time you wish to have a conversation with your loved ones on the go.
Just tap to make or receive a video call and you’re good to go. With this amazing Android Wear app, you can also respond with text messages, send emojis, and even live voice recordings.
Chances are you might already be using this award-winning task management app on your smartphone but given that Any.do is now officially supporting all wearable devices, wouldn’t it be wise to get it on your smartwatch?
Any.do’s Android Wear app is designed with a minimalistic approach to simplify the task management on-the-go. You can create tasks, snooze or complete a specific task, and also get reminders straight to your Android Wear device.
Another similar note-taking app you can try is Todoist.
#App in the Air
If you frequently travel through the airlines, then there is no better personal flying assistant than App in the Air for you.
Once you install and log into the app with the same email account that you used to book your flight, you start getting all your flight details – such as flight status, real-time boarding, etc – right there on your Wear OS device.
Also, you’ll get automatic check-in as well as insightful tips from fellow travelers. And the best thing, it also works offline and comes with its own Wear watch face.
#Pill Reminder and Medication Tracker by Medisafe
Do you often forget to take doses of your medicines on-time due to the fast, hectic lifestyle? If so, no more excuses for missing a dose or taking the wrong medicines with Medisafe smartwatch app.
Just take some time to enter the accurate details of your every medication into the Medisafe smartphone app and get ready to receive notifications related to your medication on your Wear OS smartwatch. You can then either shake your wrist to mark a dose as taken or tap to skip a dose.
Another similar and interesting app in this category is the Water Drink Reminder.
#Bring! Shopping List
If you often create and share shopping lists with your friends, colleagues and family members, install Bring! right away to your Wear OS smartwatch.
With a clean, easy-to-use, and beautiful interface, this spiffy Wear app lets you see lists on your wrist as well as offers a plenty of options to help you manage your lists.
What’s more interesting is that you can even add items to a list using clear labels and icons through your smartwatch.
#Facer Watch Faces
Looking for an easy-to-use app to customize and personalize your Android Watch? Try Facer Watch Faces!
Designed to work seamlessly with both Android Wear and Tizen smartwatches, this tiny app empowers you to create, customize and pick from a collection of 15,000+ free and premium watch faces created by from world’s leading artists and brands like American Dad, Ghostbusters, Garfield, Star Trek, and Tetris.
Additionally, the app also comes with a powerful web-based DIY tool using which you can create your own watch faces and share them with thousands of other smartwatch users.
#Sleep As Android
This app is the extension of the same smartphone sleeping app for Wear OS smartwatch, which allows you to track your noise and movement as you sleep and wakes you gently in the mornings with nature sounds.
Instead of placing your smartphone on the bed at night, you can use your smartwatch as your sleep monitor to track your sleep patterns.
Simply activate the wearable option given inside Sleep as Android smartphone app and your smartwatch will be collecting even more data on how you’re sleeping.
#Wear Audio Recorder
Facilitating you to utilize the inbuilt mic of your Android Wear smartwatch to quickly record the sound around you, Wear Audio Recorder turns your smartwatch into a smart audio recorder.
You can use the fabulous app to record meetings, lectures, conversations, or even your ideas, thoughts and to-do lists.
To start a recording, all you need to do is simply open the app and tap the record button. What’s more interesting is that you can sync your all recordings to both Dropbox and Google Drive, and can even record sounds while the display is off.
As an alternative, also give Recordr a try.
#Calculator For Wear OS (Android Wear)
Advertised as the first wrist calculator, Calculator For Wear OS does exactly what it sounds like – perform calculations quickly on the go without using your smartphone.
Just say “OK Google…Start calculator” and a tiny calculator will start appearing on the screen of your Wear OS smartwatch. There are even scientific functions to perform advanced calculations.
The buttons are easy to tap and you can choose from two themes: Classic and Flat. Moreover, you can also use your voice to input calculations.
Don’t miss the chance to identify any song in seconds just because you couldn’t pull out your smartphone fast enough.
Until the search engine giant builds a smartwatch that automatically detects songs for you, you can wear Shazam right on your wrist.
To see what song is playing, you simply need to tap, and you’ll be able to enjoy your new addiction.
As a bonus, Shazam even unfolds the lyrics of the song so you can sing along to your favorite music without missing a single beat.
One of the areas where the Apple Watch shines is a sense of relaxation it brings to your wrist, and the Calm app offers you the same sort of functionality on your Android Wear smartwatch.
Calm works in the same way as the Breathe app of Apple Watch; it allows you to run meditations from your wrist.
This smartwatch app provides users with lessons for a daily meditation routine. You can even view and sync Calm stats across multiple devices.
Altogether, if you have trouble sleeping or staying calm, Calm is one of the best Android Wear apps to try in 2020.
The best podcasts are your great companion when you’re going out or working out, and this Android Wear app makes it possible for you to listen to them directly from your smartwatch.
Wear Casts is the first standalone podcast app for Android Wear that allows you to download podcasts to and stream from your smartwatch.
The app automatically creates playlists as well as updates your favorites with the latest episodes.
Thus, you can leave your phone at home and enjoy your podcast by just taking your smartwatch out with you.
The Podcast Republic app is another compelling option if Wear Casts doesn’t do the magic for you.
Missed the last train? Don’t worry as you can now book a cab directly from your smartwatch with Uber.
The ride-hailing service offers you a standalone app for your Android Wear smartwatch, allowing you to call a cab and check the status of your ride in real-time all from your wrist.
And what’s more surprising is that if your smartwatch has LTE connectivity, you won’t even need to pair with your smartphone.
If you’re health-conscious and want to keep track of your food and water intake, there is nothing better than the Lifesum Android Wear app.
Not only can you track your intakes independently on your wrist, but also you get complication widgets for the watch face.
To help you achieve the right balance, Lifesum makes keeping tabs on those calories more convenient than ever before.
While most smartwatch games frustrate you because of the limited screen, but Infinity Loop, one of the most trending games of 2020, works beautifully on your wrist.
It’s a simple, relaxing, endless puzzle Android Wear gaming app that can pass your time while you’re waiting at the station or in line at your local store.