Android apps – the latest useful ones run on a watch


The Google Play store brims with new games and applications. As usual, some are utterly useless and aimed at people with too much time to kill, but there are also some that can elevate usefulness of your smartphone, especially when combined with a smart watch.

When entertainment is the focus

Not very high on the “useful” list but still very entertaining, is Weareal. It’s a collection of 3D animated analog and classic watch faces with metallic glow and reflection simulations. Every watch face is interactive and responds to rotation. It takes into consideration the movement of your wrist to dynamically adjust how “light” is falling on the rendered watch face. It brings back the times when a watch was not supposed to inform you about the weather or the performance of your shares, but simply display the time on a beautiful watch face that has an authentic, mechanical aesthetic.

It’s often a pain to open an app on your Android Wear device. Unless you set up a shortcut to your favourite app, you have to remember its name or scroll through different lists to find and launch it. Wear Mini Launcher is designed to allow you to quickly launch any app from anywhere. You also have access to quick settings with a double-swipe gesture. You can change the brightness of your wear device, change the Wi-Fi state, the ring mode of your handheld or make it ring to find it.

Calculator for Android Wear is the first pocket calculator for the Android Wear operation system. It perform calculations quickly without using your cell phone. You can switch between basic and scientific functions and, even better, you can use your voice to input calculations. Scientific functions include trigonometric functions, logarithmic functions, exponential functions, modulo operation and a square root function.

If you don’t have a smart watch

Often one has the need to quickly capture what’s on your mind and get a reminder later at the right place or time. With Google Keep, you can speak a voice memo on the go and have it automatically transcribed. Grab a photo of a poster, receipt or document and easily organize or find it later in search. Google Keep makes it easy to capture a thought, photo or list for yourself, and share it with friends and family. The app synchronizes across your phone, tablet, computer and Android wearables.

Minube is travel planning app and travel organizer that lets you find vacation ideas, save favorite places in lists, and create your own travel itinerary and tourist guide. With this app, you can discover the best places around the world, all recommended by real travelers. You can create your own personalized travel guides and save them to use offline during your vacation. The best part is that when your trip is over, the Minube app will automatically create beautiful photo galleries of all the places you visited.

Another peak at Android apps. There are so many. Let’s hope the really useful ones will keep coming!


Anton Venter

Anton covered Google technology for over four years from the the city of Johannesburg in South Africa. He has reviewed mobiles and Android devices for a number of local blogs and magazines; Anton loves researching and numbers.

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