The Galaxy Gear will only have 12 apps available at launch

September 5, 2013

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For a device as highly anticipated, scrutinized, and searched for as the Galaxy Gear, its debut is proving to be pretty subtle. While Samsung noted 70 apps were going to be made available for the device in short order, they expounded on that number a bit by explaining that only a dozen apps will be available at launch.

The apps available when you slap the Gear on your wrist, at lauch:

There has also been talk of Snapchat making its way to the Gear, which would be nice, but that remains unverified. While the links above are to the Android app, please don’t consider those the Gear apps. For any app loaded onto the Gear, you’ll need an accompanying smartphone app and — right now, at least — a Note 3.

The list may be short, but the apps included make good use of the Gear’s capabilities. The obvious fitness apps for a smartwatch are there, and Vivino makes use of the camera. Apps like Tripit of eBay seem a bit fussy for a smartwatch, but could prove useful in some instances where you need a quick update on an auction or flight information. Atooma is easily the most useful on a wide scale, with its IFTT protocols, but the fussiness may prove a headache for some consumers.

A dozen apps, and a Note 3 needed to use the smartwatch. Are you interested, or will you wait to see what Samsung does next with the Gear?