Android Wear is very much a work in progress. While Android’s take on wearables has been refreshing and interesting, we have gone on record to say in the past that it is no where near a done deal just yet. While the interface is neat and tidy and actually made to the till for a device as small as a watch, there are some glaring issues such as rather monotonous watch designs, including the Moto 360, and less than sufficient battery life.
Despite the drawbacks, early adapters are moving to try out the Android Wear because, well, that is what they do. And we could not help but pick up an LG G Watch despite never planning to over the massive diwali sale in India. We will be jotting down our experiences with the watch when we have used it for a prolonged period, but before that we thought we would let you all know the five applications that we immediately installed on our Android smartphone so they could be sync’d across to our Android Wear watch.
Although a paid app for $1.00, Facer is definitely worth the investment if you are into picking up good watch faces for your device. Facer has an active reddit community too at r/facer as well as on XDA which allows you to download quality third party watch faces. Right from luxury brands like Omega to more digital savvy Casio or a face with GoT, Facer has a watch face that you would fall in love with. The collection on reddit and XDA have faces, both for square as well as circular watches.
Wear Internet Browser
Browsing the web on a barely 4 cm display is something we would never have even thought of doing. Yet, Wear Internet Browser is a fun little browser where you use your voice commands to browse the web. This is particularly useful, when you just want to quickly have an overview of things and reading content is not really what you are looking at. Obviously heavy sites which are not responsive are an absolute pain to browse, especially as you have to scroll literally infinitely. Still, despite all that, it is an interesting take on browsing and has a use case.
With Android Wear on our wrists, we observed that we no longer are in a habit of carrying our phones around everywhere with us. We don’t mind plugging the device into an AUX or a portable speaker and using it as a hub for music, especially as we are using the loud boom sound speakers on the HTC M8. However, there is always a moment where you have someone talking to you or you receive a call on the landline and you need to reduce the volume on your phone. This is where Wear Volume comes in really handy and lets you control the media volume right from your wrist.
Smartphones today are no more just devices to make phone calls, but also a safe for all our digital collection, be it music, images or mail. This means, leaving your Android phone unlocked can be a bit of an issue. With Wear Lock, the app automatically locks your Android phone with the pin you selected the moment your watch goes out of the range with your device. It keeps the phone unlocked for easy and quick access as long as your watch is in the vicinity or actively connected to your device.
Wear Mini Launcher
No matter how many apps you install on your Android Wear, accessing them is a bit of a pain. You have to scroll all the way to the bottom of the menu to start accessing them. However, with Wear Mini Launcher, these apps are just a swipe away. Single swipe from your chosen hotspot on the device will bring the app drawer up and another quick swipe will open quick settings toggle which includes the brightness control, vibration feedback and other settings.
Those were the five applications, we feel everyone using Android Wear for the first time, must absolutely get. We would like to give honorary mention to apps like Wear Network, Wear Calendar, Wear Camera, Ring My Phone as well as Runtastic which we feel are really useful and definitely must have after you re done installing the five apps we have listed.
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