Android’s Wear OS puts usability first with its third major release of the smartwatch. Google has put a lot of effort into ensuring that the latest version of Wear OS offers a more intelligent Assistant and puts more emphasis on statistical tracking, which makes it a platform that users will actually want to wear on their wrist.
Navigation on this design is more intuitive than with previous versions, and for the most part, Wear OS is faster than its former models.
If your business is in need of a boost, designing the perfect app that takes advantage of everything Wear OS has to offer can help you reach more users and offer them an unparalleled experience. The right app design firm — such as Guarana Technologies — will have a fully democratized process, including you in every iterative step so that your vision is never compromised. They’ll also show you what the playing field looks like so you know what’s already out there in the market — which will allow you to create something unique.
In that spirit, let’s see which apps are currently dominating the Wear OS space.
Everyone Needs a Good Assistant
The Google Assistant has fantastic functionality with a software platform that is sure to impress. The Assistant will not only answer your questions but will also ask you relevant follow-up queries, meaning that interactions can feel closer to conversations than simple question-and-answer.
You can also give it direct commands such as “Text Dad that I’m on my way” or “Email John and postpone our lunch to tomorrow.”
You can also manage your agenda and schedule with ease. Simply ask the Assistant to show all of Friday’s appointments or ask when your next Zoom meeting is scheduled and the Assistant will pull it up right away.
You can use the Assistant to open other apps and control compatible smart home devices as well. The device communicates through your smartwatch’s speakers or through connected Bluetooth devices.
Life can be a lot easier with the right assistant helping you organize your life.
Stay Connected with Glide
These days more than ever, we’re longing to stay connected, and the right video messaging app can go a long way toward helping people keep in touch. Combining the speed of texting and the connectedness of live video, Glide lets you send video messages to friends, family, and co-workers, and when they respond with messages of their own, you can view them right away or save them for later.
Staying in touch is easier than ever thanks to this handy video messaging app that connects you to those you love with the touch of a button.
More than Just a Forecast with InstaWeather
Sometimes, we all need to take a nice long walk to clear our heads. Plus, it’s the easiest way to clock in a bit of exercise in the middle of a busy day, which can help us get back to work refreshed. Apart from an umbrella, the single most important tool you’ll want on a long walkabout is a weather app that not only warns you of changes but also allows you to easily take photos of your current weather situation and upload them instantly to your social channels. These features make InstaWeather both a weather and social media app you’ll be sure to love.
The Fit Redesign
The new Fit redesign is now more fit for your wrist and more than just a glorified exercise tracker. It actually motivates its users to put on the smartwatch every day with its onboard heartrate sensor. The app is also better at awarding them with Move minutes and Heart points, which in turn, drives them to meet their daily goals.
Google Keep is a cloud-based app that helps you keep notes that you can link with Google Drive. It’s completely free and easy to use and it also includes the option to make voice notes as well as set reminders for a certain date or time or even when you reach a certain location.
The fact that it’s a free app is also a winning feature and because its UI is so simple and its layout so straightforward, the app is very easy to navigate and is a perfect app for first time wearable users.
Enjoy Podcasts on the Run with Wear Cast
The Wear Casts podcast app lets you stream and download episodes right from your Android Wear smartwatch, if you choose to, while also allowing you to share them on other devices.
Currently, Wear Casts only has two auto-playlists, which are “In Progress” and “Downloads”. In the near future, the developer is hoping to add “New”, “Unplayed”, and custom playlists to the app. When it comes to Bluetooth controls, more features might soon be added such as fast-forward, rewind, skip forward, and skip-back.
If this has been enough to pique your interest, Wear Casts is available as a free download through the Google Play Store.
Wear Your Smartwatch in Style
Of course, you’ll still need to choose the right watch to go with the OS.
The Michael Kors Access Runway is a standout smartwatch that offers a solid build, a sleek design, and the classic Michael Kors customizable faces.
The Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch is another great watch to consider. There are many designs available and the new Wear 3100 processor delivers much quicker and smoother performance than previous Fossil smartwatches, and the battery charging speed is much improved over previous versions. while the battery charging speed is much faster than it was before, and there is also a heart rate monitor and the built-in GPS and heart rate monitor round out the great design of this watch.
These are some of the benefits of Android’s Wear OS and some of the best apps you can find to help make your life a whole lot easier. It also helps that there are some truly great smart watches you can pair with the platform. Combine them all together and you have a winning combination.