The First 5 Non-Google Watch Apps
What apps will you put on your Google Watch? If you get one of these new devices to strap on your wrist, there are app developers that will have products for you, too. At the Google I/O conference, there were five marquee apps announced, in addition to those built into the watch by Google (like that crazy one that shows the time).
Each of the Wear apps is a companion to a fuller-featured Android app. In fact, Wear apps are bundled into the installation files with Android apps. If you have a watch paired to a phone and install an app that has a Wear component, you’ll get it automatically.
Google Wear watches immediately start getting alerts from Google and some other apps on your phone. When I set up a new LG G watch here at Google I/O, it started to stream my Twitter alerts to me right away.
But if you want your watch to do even more, here are the four non-Google watch apps we saw at Google I/O:
A demo of the Pinterest Wear app at Google I/O. (Rafe Needleman/Yahoo Tech)
Pinterest lets people remember locations like shops, attractions, and restaurants. If you have a board with those items in it, you can have an Android Wear watch buzz to let you know when you’re near one. One way to use this that sounds actually pretty neat: If you’re visiting a new city and you subscribe to a board that lists good attractions in that city, you’ll get alerts on your watch. Could be a good way to go exploring.
The anti-taxi company (the one that puts pink mustaches on cars) will let you order a car to come pick you up from your watch. Why not just take your phone out of your pocket and do that? One less thing to drop, I suppose. You’ll also be able to pay and rate your driver on the watch after the ride is over.
Duolingo will quiz your wrist. (Rafe Needleman/Yahoo Tech)
This free language-learning app gets a little Android Wear extension: flash cards. If you’re learning a language, it can give you little cards of words and ask you if you know them. It’s on the honor system, as there’s no room on the phone to type in responses. But it might be nice to quiz yourself on a new language while you’re sitting in your Lyft ride. Duolingo also has a Glass app.