The long-awaited Android Wear is finally here with a wide range of wearable devices running the new platform. While the devices were just launched two months ago, but a number of Android app developers have been updated their apps with Android Wear support.
These apps range from ones that improve personal productivity to something more personable, allowing you to track your spending and manage your money. Now, let’s see some of the best free apps for Google’s Android Wear.
- Wear Mini Launcher
Wear Mini Launcher is the first Launcher app for Android Wear. It displays an app drawer with all the apps installed on your smartwatch that lets you quickly launch apps by simply tapping the respective icons. If you have a lot of apps installed, this can make it easier for you to find the app you’re looking for.
To use the app, you need to install it on your smartphone. While the smartwatch is still connected with your phone, open the app on your smartwatch to launch the app grid for the first time. Swiping right to the top left side of your smartwatch will open the app drawer where you will be able to see all the apps that are installed in your wearable.
IFTTT, short for If This Then That, is one of the best Android Wear apps available in the market today. The app allows you to set rules to perform a specific function if an event happens. For example, you can tell it to send your phone a text message when you receive an email from your significant other, or automatically uploading photos to Dropbox that you post to Instagram. Of course, there are dozens of other things you can do with it which is what makes it so powerful.
- Wear Aware – Phone Finder
Wear Aware – Phone Finder is a very useful tool for your Android wear watch that can help you locate your phone when it’s out of sight.
With Phone Finder, your smartwatch will start vibrating and buzzing on your wrist when you’ve accidentally left your phone behind. It also allows you to activate an alarm on the phone so you can locate it easier. It’s great for those times when you’ve lost it and do not remember where you put it.
- RunKeeper – GPS Track Run Walk
By default, Android Wear has integrated step-counting support but Runkeeper takes that a step further by offering more detailed stats. It provides at-a-glance run tracking info right on your wrist – the travel distances and detailed progress and stats during and after the run.
You can also start tracking a run with just a voice action, and even see the calories you’ve burned.
- Evernote for Android Wear
Evernote is a powerful note-taking app that’s now compatible with Android Wear devices. With Evernote for Android Wear, you can create a note with simple voice commands or view a note from your watch.
You can also check off to-dos by tapping your smartwatch, as well as add new checklists by speaking the to-do name. You can even search for a specific note right on your watch using voice commands, and you get automatic alerts on your watch when you set a calendar event in Evernote.
- Level Money
Level Money is a personal finance app that can help small business owners track their spending and manage their money. The app shows you your last transaction as well as how much spendable money you have left in your budget.
You can also set a daily spending limit which you update every time you make a purchase. This will helps you stick to a strict budget.
To get started, just link your bank account or credit cards to the Android smartphone app. The app will automatically track your income, savings and recurring bills, then show you your “spendable” cash, so you know how much you can buy that month, week or day. Level Money also links to Android Wear devices so you can view your spendable balance and transaction right from your wrist.
Lyft is an awesome app that lets people call for a ride from their Android phone, and now from the watch. With this app, you can get a cab to one of your saved locations without having to use your phone. Just simply ask the app to ‘call me a car’ and a Lyft driver will be on your way. The app will send you notification about timing and approaching drivers. If you’re looking for a quick ride, then this might be helpful to you.
However, this service is currently only available in most major U.S. cities (check the full list here). So if you are living outside the US then this is not the right app for you.
Duolingo is the best app to learn a new language, and the app is now compatible with Android Wear. It will help Android Wear’s user to recognize if the words are pronounced properly and help you improve your language skills.
This app uses voice, multiple choice and text translation in order to help users learn new languages in small and interactive lessons. It’s totally free and contains numerous exercises for each course. Duolingo currently offers courses for 31 languages including English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Portuguese. For anyone who wants to learn a new language, Duolingo is the best free app to download on your android wear watch.