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AH Smartwatch Weekly: How to Find New Android Wear Apps

August 29, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

Android Wear smartwatches have been around for a couple of months now and while the amount of apps can’t quite manage what our fellow Pebble users can enjoy, the amount of apps and watch faces out there is growing. There are now apps from budding developers to help you pay for your coffee in the morning, tell you when the next episode of Doctor Who is airing and more. So, it’s clear that things are getting off to a good start, but how do you go about discovering new apps for your Android Wear watch? Well, I’m glad you asked.

Obviously, the easiest method is to just search for anything with ‘wear’ or ‘android wear’ in its title on the Play Store, but that’s not really the best way to go about it. At least not in my own experience. Something a little more sophisticated is the Android Wear section in Google Play, that you can access from the Android Wear app itself (quickly accessed from the notification in your pulldown). A fantastic app that has been around for a little while now is Wear Store, an application that simply shows you all of the available apps designated to be designed for Android Wear. This is a great way of just being able to browse for apps and if you keep on checking all the time – as I do – then you can easily sort the apps by which have recently been added.

Another, more interesting approach is Google+. It was no surprise that Android fans prefer Google’s own social network and it’s no surprise that the same is happening with Android Wear. There are two excellent Communities on Google+ that anyone looking to make the most of their Android Wear device should really look into. One is the Android Wear community which I’m part of and while I’m not that active you will find me lurking around there at times, the other is dubbed Android Wear apps and well, it does what you think it does. What’s great about joining these sort of communities is that you can see successful apps take off in front of you and even help developers beta test their work. If you have any other suggestions on how to discover Android Wear apps then shout out down below.