As the Holiday Season gets into full swing, it's likely that many of you will end up with an Android Wear watch at some point in the next month or so. Maybe you're being the generous one and are looking to purchase such a device for someone, either way you're going to need apps and watch faces to go with these new shiny watches. Each month, we put together a selection of 10 of the best new watch faces and apps for Android Wear, helping you make the most of your new hardware in fun and functional ways.
Thanksgiving for Android
Some people like to celebrate the holidays more than others, and a great way to get into the spirit is with a little customization of your smartwatch. This simple and fun watch face puts a little traditional Thanksgiving charm on your wrist, and it's a nice touch to get you in the Holiday mood. While it might not be for everyone, it's free to download and worth giving a go.
Keep Note (for Android Wear)
Keep Note is a short and sweet little Android Wear app that's designed to make it as simple as possible to see notes on your wrist. It does require another Android app on your phone, but if you've tried all of the other note apps that work with Android Wear and have not been happy with them, then maybe this is the one you were looking for.
We're less than a month away from the release of The Force Awakens, and while the Star Wars app has been around for months now, it was updated this week with an Android Wear watch face and the ability to choose your side, light or dark as well as a Droid watch face. If you already have the Star Wars app on your phone, you just need to update it, and if you want to theme other parts of Google, such as your Gmail, then you can do that as well.
VLC Mobile Remote - PC & Mac
Speaking of films, those that spend a lot of time with VLC on their PC, Mac or Home Theater PC will enjoy this relatively simple Android Wear app. It would be nice if this worked with Android TV, but the notifications on Android do an okay job of filling that gap at least. While not the best-looking Android Wear app out there, it gets the job done and it can only get better.
Christmas Countdown Watch Face
Not everyone celebrates Christmas, but for those that do it can be a big deal. Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of different people, but for the majority it's a sign of getting together with friends and family and well, having a good time. If you're gearing up for something special this year or just really enjoy the Holiday season, this simple watch face might bring you some holiday cheer.
Photo Gallery for Android Wear
This sort of thing isn't new to Android Wear, and a gallery app was made available pretty much as soon as Android Wear launched, but there's always room for improvement, and this is that improvement. Maybe this sort of thing will catch on and become the new equivalent of keeping photos in your wallet? Who knows, but it's at least nice to show off to friends and family.
Emoji Watch Face
It takes a special kind of user to communicate only in Emoji, but I think the majority of us can at least appreciate them in some form or another. This watch face puts the Google Hangouts style of Emoji on your wrist as well as chat bubbles for the time and date. Simple, a little silly but no less fun. It would be nice to see the option to change the Emoji themes on offer here, but we can't have everything. Sad face.
WOD (Watch On-board Diag)
WOD is an interesting little Android Wear app that is currently in development, but it's main function is to connect your watch to a compatible Bluetooth OBD III interface and show you some of the data. This could be helpful for garages or hobbyists looking to check certain things with a simple watch app, but how useful it will be depends on the OBD adapter and your Android Wear watch right now.
Hits - Digital Sports Coach
Hits is an Android Wear app designed to tell you how fast your swinging, hitting or throwing. It does this by using the sensors in your watch to estimate things depending on which sport you've chosen to use this with. There's no telling how accurate this sort of thing really is, but it's worth at least a try with the team down in the cages or on the court.
Clipboard to smart wear watch
This is a neat little app that lets you see your copy history on your watch. Now, this sounds a little strange at first, but when you consider that you can use this to copy cue cards or key phrases to be accessed from your wrist during a speech or presentation then it starts to make a little more sense. Besides, it's free to check out and give a try.