Top 12 Smartwatch Apps In 2020

Top 12 Smartwatch Apps In 2020

Smartwatches became an integral part of our lives, making our daily routine much more comfortable and more fluent. According to Statista, smartwatches are more often used for communication and activity tracking. But there are also a lot of other activities in which smartwatches are engaged. They are listed in the picture below.

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Thanks to the convenience that smartwatch apps bring to us, smartwatch app development are on its rise now. There are a lot of various apps, both for watchOS and Wear OS.

So you bought a brand new smartwatch and looking for useful apps to make the most out of it. This process may be a little bit confusing, especially if you are new to the world of smartwatches. We’ve conducted our own market research and picked the 12 best smartwatch apps that are both useful and entertaining. Let’s get started.

Telegram

Available: Wear OS, watchOS
Cost: Free

Telegram is a well-known massaging app with over-the-top functionality and security. If a user wants to stay in touch with your loved ones, friends, and co-workers, this app is a must-have for download. Telegram on smartwatches provides a full massaging experience, both with text and voice messages. Users can create groups, watch their contact lists. Moreover, all messaging syncs with other devices where users are logged in. Besides, adorable stickers are also included. Telegram is available both on Wear OS and watchOS for free.
Telegram

Google Maps

Available: Wear OS, watchOS (release date not yet confirmed)
Cost: Free

Google Maps on smartwatches is almost as powerful as an app on mobile devices. Users can navigate through the map with a voice assistant, tapping on the watch screen, or just simply using physical buttons on the smartwatch. Voice assistants will build an optimal route to the destination and monitor the user’s location in real-time. Google Maps currently available on Wear Os, but shortly, it will come back on watchOS. Google Maps is absolutely free to use.
Google Maps

Google Keep

Available: Wear OS, watchOS
Cost: Free

Google Keep is a service for taking notes that combines both usefulness and overall ease of use. Users can make notes right from their smartwatches, and all their notes will sync on their other devices so they can get access to them from any device. The app can be installed both on watchOS and Wear OS, and the app is free to download.
Google Keep

Shazam

Available: Wear OS, watchOS
Cost: Free

If you heard a catchy song somewhere, but you don’t know the name of this song, Shazam is coming to rescue. This song analyzer is the best on the market and has now worthy competitors. All you need to do is tap on the screen of your smartwatch, and Shazam will analyze the song that is currently playing. After a few seconds, you’ll have full information about the song, and the app will give you a link to legally listen to this song in various music services. Speaking of music services…
Shazam

Spotify

Available: Wear OS, watchOS
Cost: Free (in-app subscription)

You found a new song via Shazam, but where to listen in legally? Spotify is an excellent choice since it’s available on Wear OS and watchOS for free. Spotify is a famous music streaming service. Even though it’s not as powerful on smartwatches as desktop or mobile version, it’s still an excellent streaming service. You can control tracks and volume with tapping, physical buttons or voice assistant (Google Assistant or Siri), save your favorite songs, and connect to other devices via Spotify Connect.
Spotify

Slack

Available: Wear OS, watchOS
Cost: Free (with in-app purchases)

Slack is a splendid choice for optimizing workflow in large companies. The main use of Slack in companies is internal communication within the company. The main advantage of Slack that it utilizes many other services that always help in work. Using Slack, users can connect various mail services like Gmail, cloud storage like Google Drive or Dropbox, and many other useful services. These services greatly simplify the work routine. With Slack, users can always stay in touch with their co-workers and clients.
Slack
Slack is available on all platforms. Users can download it on Wear OS and watchOS and use it for free. But it would be wise to consider that the free version has its own restrictions. There is a certain limitation in the number of messages stored in the conversation history, and there is a restriction for the integration of other services. All these restrictions can be removed using a paid version of Slack.

Overcast

Available: watchOS
Cost: Free (in-app subscription)

This app is exclusive for watchOS and available only for Apple Watch. It’s a perfect app for those who love various podcasts. This can be used as a remote controller for the iPhone app. Users can start or pause the podcast, rewind it backward and forward. But besides the remote control, podcasts can be downloaded directly to the Apple Watch to listen to it independently from the iPhone app. It’s a perfect scenario if the iPhone is out of reach. Overcast is free to download. But how does a free app make money? Overcast comes with an in-app subscription, so be advised that some podcasts may require a subscription.
Overcast

Apple Pay and Google Pay

Available: Wear OS, watchOS
Cost: Free

Even though these apps developed for different platforms (Apple Pay is for watchOS and Google Pay is for Wear OS), they fulfill one but very important task – completing payments. Users can use these payment systems in various shops and other places where NFC payment is available. All they need to do is just wave their smartwatches over PoS-terminal, and payment is complete.
Apple Pay & Google Pay
To make the payment process safe as possible, there are various protection measures like authentication via password, finger scan, and many others. Contactless payments are very convenient since they speed up the overall payment process we face every day. These apps are free to use, but some expenses may be charged during use.

Cardiogram

Available: Wear OS, watchOS
Cost: Free (in-app purchases)

This app is the most advanced heart rate app that recently made its way to Wear OS. Before that is was an exclusive app for watchOS. This app is made to monitor heart rate, and based on gathered information about heart rate, it can give a precise statistic. In further updates, various systems will be implemented that will track dangerous health conditions like sleep apnea, arrhythmia, and many others. This app free both for watchOs and Wear OS.
Cardiogram

Things 3

Available: watchOS
Cost: $9.99

Things 3 is a famous daily routine manager made exclusively for iOS. While on iOS, it’s a full-fledged tasks management app where users can sort things to do for various days, and set time limits on the Apple Watch situation is slightly different. Things 3 on watchOS is focused on task accomplishment that users set for today. That’s why it displays only today’s tasks and nothing else. But don’t worry, you can still manage tasks within one day. Users can accept a task for accomplishment or postpone it for later if their plans are suddenly changed. Moreover, users can quickly add other tasks for today if there is such a need. This app is paid and costs $9.99.

Things 3

Strava

Available: Wear OS, watchOS
Cost: Free (in-app purchases)

Strava is an undisputed champion among the other fitness apps that developed for serious runners, cyclists, swimmers, and so on. This app gathers all data about users’ fitness sessions, and they can sync their progress with other fitness apps to better see the whole picture of their activities and make the right corrections to it.

Strava

Moreover, Strava main selling point utilizes a small pinpoint of every user – thirst for competition. They can compare their fitness results not only with their personal. All sports achievements of the user can be compared with the achievements of the other users. All this is made via convenient leaderboards divided with a geographical aspect and many others. Besides, users can share their fitness results with their friends and family via social media. This app is exclusive for iOS and watchOS and can be downloaded for free.

iTranslate Converse

Available: watchOS
Cost: Free (in-app purchases)

When traveling all over the world, the language barrier may cause significant inconvenience. iTranslate Converse is made to tear down this barrier and make it easy to talk with locals. This app supports 38 languages and automatically analyze and detect the correct language that makes the translation process seamless.

iConverse

It’s enough to just simply tap on the screen and speak in a microphone to start the translation. After that app quickly translates the phrase into the selected language. Or the user can make it another way. A simple tap on the screen and the app will automatically catch whose speaking and translate the phrase. But be advised, long sentences take a longer time to translate, and in that case, the translation seamlessness may disappear. This app is free to download and offers in-app purchases.

Wrapping Up

This was the list of 12 smartwatch apps that will come in handy in daily routine. There are apps for work, travel, entertainment, and you surely find something that suits you best.

Author’s bio

Vitaly Kuprenko is a writer for Cleveroad. It’s a web and mobile app development company with headquarters in Ukraine. He enjoys writing about technology and digital marketing.

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Hiren Gami

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