Android Wear may not be turning the heads that many of us envisioned that it would, but it’s still probably the best smartwatch platform out there. The update to Android Wear 2.0 added a bunch of really nice features, like standalone apps. It still has a lot of work ahead of it, but there are some decent apps available right now! Here are the best Android Wear apps. Additionally, these should all be Android Wear 2.0 compatible as well!


AccuWeather

Price: Free / Up to $2.99
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AccuWeather is one of the few Android Wear apps with 2.0 support. The app does all of the basics, including current temperature, forecast, radar, weather alerts (U.S. only), and smaller stats like humidity, wind speed, etc. It works well on both Android Wear and your mobile device. There aren't a lot of downsides. Most of the app's issues are temporary. The free version has advertising. You can pay for the pro version to remove it. Otherwise, both versions are basically the same.
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Android Wear

Price: Free
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You probably already have the Android Wear app already. We recommend you keep it. It's an excellent source of basic stuff for Android Wear, including watch faces, notification support, Google Assistant and Fit support, and more. It's also exceptional for finding other Android Wear apps. That is a good thing since Android Wear 2.0 apps are a little tough to find without a dedicated directory. The app is free. There are some issues. However, it's still worth having anyway.
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Audiobooks

Price: Free / $14.95 per month
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Audiobooks is one of the bigger audio book apps. It features a collection of over 100,000 audiobooks. There are also over 7,000 free selections. Other features include variable read speeds, Android Auto support, and Android Wear support of course. The service costs $14.95 per month. You get one free audio book with an option to purchase more at a discounted rate. We're not a huge fan of subscription book services, but this one does work well on Android Wear 2.0.
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Audiobooks

Bring Grocery Shopping List

Price: Free
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Bring is a shopping list app. The app comes with a good design, plenty of options, and Android Wear support. You can make separate lists for separate activities. In addition, it uses a card and tile layout. It feels fresher than most other grocery app lists. There are plenty of note taking apps on Android Wear, but this one is very charming. It's also free to download with no in-app purchases or ads.
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Google Play Music

Price: Free / $9.99 per month
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Google Play Music was one of the first Android Wear apps. It remains among the best. The Android Wear version lets you control music, listen to stuff, and engage with other parts of the service. The design for the phone app isn't great. It looks great, but there are tons of taps and swipes to get where you need to go. The Android Wear version feels much better by comparison. Parts of the app are free to use (including its song upload feature). You can get the rest of the features for $9.99 per month.
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Google Play Music


Google Maps

Price: Free
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Google Maps is another easy pick for best Android Wear apps. Its probably the best navigation app on the platform. It's definitely the best navigation app on a smart watch platform. It has most of the same features as the smartphone version. That includes directions, local business information, and a lot more. Admittedly, it's a little difficult following directions on your wrist while driving. We encourage our readers to exercise the utmost caution while using this app on the road.
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Google Maps

Podcast Republic

Price: Free / up to $4.99
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Podcast Republic is one of the few podcast apps on Android Wear. It features a large library of both video and audio podcasts. It also includes automated downoads, multiple playlists, syncing support, multiple language support, and SD card support. There is even theming. The Android Wear version of the app isn't quite as robust, but that's okay. It still works pretty well. The free version contains advertising. The paid version does not. That's about the only difference between the two.
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Podcast Republic

Pulse SMS

Price: Free / $0.99 per month / $10.99
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Pulse SMS is among the best texting apps available. Android Wear has cursory SMS support. However, Pulse SMS allows for support between your phone, your computer, and your watch. It is the only SMS app to our knowledge with support for all three platforms. It also features a decent design, snooze notifications, GIF support, archiving, blacklisting, schedule messages, dual-SIM support, and more. You can use the phone app for free. Getting support for other platforms involves either a subscription service or a one-time payment. We recommend the one-time payment.
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Pulse SMS

Runkeeper

Price: Free / $9.99 per month / $39.99 per year
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Runkeeper is among the most popular fitness apps. It also has one of the better Android Wear apps. The app keeps track of your running and exercise. You can set goals for weight loss, running pace, and other stuff. It also supports biking and virtually any other activity aside from running. The Android Wear app is a good extension of the main service. Like most, it doesn't have every feature. However, it has enough. The full experience does require a subscription, though, and one that we think is a little expensive. Strava and Lifesum are also excellent Android Wear 2.0 apps in this space.
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Runkeeper

Uber

Price: Free app / Rides will cost money
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Hailing a ride from your wrist is super cool. Uber allows you to do just that. You know what Uber is and what it does. It will soon replace taxi as the word of choice in our lexicon. The Android Wear app lets you hail or schedule rides and do most of the things that you can do in the main app. The app is free to download. Obviously, hailing an Uber costs money. Otherwise, you pretty much know what you're doing with this one.
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Uber

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Joe Hindy
Hi everyone! I'm Joe Hindy the Android Authority app guy!