Android Wear 2.0 is the latest incarnation of Google’s mobile operating system for wearables. It’s finally available (after numerous delays) for a number of smartwatches, including my Motorola 360 2nd Gen. Granted, Moto owners were among the last to get the update, but better late than never, right?
I’ve had the update installed on my watch for a couple of months now, and it’s clearly an upgrade over previous versions. The update brings along with it a dedicated Google Play Store app. This means you can download apps made for your watch, from your watch, with no phone necessary. You’ll need to have your watch connected to your phone’s data connection, or to WiFi.
That said, here’s a quick roundup of 5 Android Wear 2.0 apps I’m really digging.
AccuWeather is definitely not a new app, but it’s arguably the best weather app for Android Wear, especially on Android 2.0. The app features a smooth design, and offers multiple weather forecast views, like ‘Now’, ‘Hourly’, and ‘Daily’. It can show temperatures in either Celsius or Farenheit, and you can change the time and date display to suit your needs.
AccuWeather is available for free on the Google Play Store. Head there from your browser using the link below and choose your watch in the available devices when installing. You can also download it from the native Play Store app on your Android 2.0 watch.
Feel The Wear Notifications
One of my
biggest only complaints about the LG G6 is the notification vibration strength being somewhat weak. I miss texts all the time, even when my phone is laying on the desk right next to me. This same issue applies to my Moto 360, as well. It’s not quite as bad, considering the vibration is directly on my wrist, but I do still miss notifications just the same. Feel The Wear – Notifications is the solution I use to remedy this issue.
Feel The Wear lets you customize the notification vibration settings on a per-app basis. For instance, I’ve set my Android Messages app to three long vibrations. Since doing this, I don’t miss texts, as long as I have my watch on and it has an active data connection. The app has a bunch of settings available in the free version, or you can unlock extra features if you donate. You’ll have to fork over a donation of either $2.19, $4.49, or $6.49 to unlock the premium features. Any of these amounts unlock all of the app’s features, which include:
- Custom patterns
- Global patterns
- Custom watch screen time out
- Hourly Chime
- Widget (for phones)
Google Play Music
Sure, there are other music streaming services available. I’ve been a loyal Google Play Music customer since the service launched in 2011. (Has it really been almost 6 years now? God, I’m getting old.)
The standalone GPM app lets you stream music via LTE or WiFi independently of your smartphone to play on your watch’s speaker or on Bluetooth headphones that directly connect to your watch. Check-check it out!
Pulse SMS might be one of the most useful apps to make this list. It lets you sync SMS and MMS between multiple devices, including PC, smartphone or tablet, Android wear watches, and even Android TV. The standalone app for Android 2.0 watches lets you reply to messages right from your watch face, although the keyboard is kinda small and it’s tedious to use. Pulse SMS is especially useful if you have multiple devices that you find yourself using on a regular basis.
PULSE SMS is 100% free, so go and check it out.
Bubble Wear Launcher Face
Not only is Bubble Wear Launcher a spiffy alternative to the stock Android Wear app launcher, it also doubles as a watch face. The watch face offers a smorgasbord of shortcuts to quickly open your most frequently used apps. To date, it’s one of the most unique and customizable watch faces available, and it’s a free download like the others in this post. There are in-app purchases that run up to $3.95.
Do you use any must-have Android Wear 2.0 apps not on this list? Let us know in the comments, as we’re always on the lookout for something new and useful to share with our readers!