Best apps for the Samsung Gear S3 and Gear Sport

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Best apps for the Samsung Gear S3 and Gear Sport
The Samsung Gear S3 and Gear Sport are some of the best smartwatches money can buy right now. Offering stellar battery life, built-in GPS for independent tracking and navigation, crisp and bright AMOLED displays, and a myriad of other Tizen-exclusive features, these two are a worthy buy in 2018. If you just bought either of them and are looking for some essential apps to kick things off—be for productivity, exercise, or catching up with the news—we've compiled this list of our favorite apps for Samsung Gear devices.

Since Samsung is using its own Galaxy Apps store, we won't be able to provide links to some of the apps on this list. However, installing any of them is as easy as opening Galaxy Apps on your smartphone and tapping the "Install" button. The application will then be downloaded and transferred to your Gear watch in no time. 

Facer


Best apps for the Samsung Gear S3 and Gear Sport


Facer is the ultimate app for custom watch faces on Android Wear, Tizen, and watchOS. If you're not content with what's on offer on the Galaxy app store, then this one is for you. Facer features a collection of over 30,000 watch faces (yes, you read that number right) across all platforms, but you can also create your own from scratch and share them with the community. Facer Creator features a huge selection of watch hands, fonts, and background images to use in your custom designs.


Flipboard News briefing


Best apps for the Samsung Gear S3 and Gear Sport

One of the best news briefing apps for smartwatches actually comes pre-installed on the Gear S3 and Gear Sport – yes, it's good ol' Flipboard. The tiny display on your smartwatch may not offer the best way to go in-depth into the news, but Flipboard's UI is perfectly tailored to utilize the limited real estate to deliver the gist of today's leading headlines. Flipboard has a feed that shows you summaries and headlines, but if you feel like it, you can tap on a story to expand it and read it in full. Scrolling can be done either via the touchscreen or the rotating bezel.

Sleep as Android


Best apps for the Samsung Gear S3 and Gear Sport


One of the best alarm clock apps with sleep cycle tracking is just as good on Gear watches thanks to its companion app. If you hate abruptly waking up early in the morning, then this is the app for you! Sleep as Android's “Smart wake up” feature will use magic complex machine learning algorithms to find just the right moment to trigger an alarm and wake you up gently. Sleep as Android can also track your movement in bed overnight, which is directly related to your current sleep phase. This way the app can tell whether you are in a deep or a light stage of sleep and employ the aforementioned “Smart wake up” feature, among other things. Better yet, the smartwatch companion app means you won't have to go to sleep with your phone on you! The companion app also allows you to snooze/dismiss alarms from the watch directly, which is also a nice feature.

Samsung Speedometer


Best apps for the Samsung Gear S3 and Gear Sport


Samsung's official speedometer app for makes good use of the built-in GPS in the Gear S3 and Gear Sport to track your speed in real time. The app includes convenient graphs of your top speeds, and records the distances and duration of your travels. The app is, of course, aimed for use during outdoor activities, as it relies heavily on GPS signal availability, and may not be completely accurate when measuring speeds lower than 6 mph (10 kmh). But since you are likely not going to use it to measure your activity around the office or your home, it should be alright. Speedometer will stop after 3 hours of continuous use to conserve power or after 30 minutes of inactivity (for the same reason).

Glympse


Best apps for the Samsung Gear S3 and Gear Sport


Glympse is a simple and convenient app that lets you share your location with others in real time. It is similar in that to the location-sharing feature in Google Maps and Facebook's Check-In. Glympse is perfect for those occasions when you are running late but can't be bothered to explain where you are exactly – just beam your exact GPS location to whomever is concerned with just a couple of taps. Glympse is free and now works perfectly in standalone mode thanks to the Gear S3's built-in GPS. You don't even need to sign up!

Find My Car


Best apps for the Samsung Gear S3 and Gear Sport


Super useful app for those times when you just can't remember where you parked. Find My Car can locate you via the Gear S3 and Sport's built-in GPS and shows you how far away you are from your car. You can also leave yourself voice notes with more information about your current whereabouts when parking in unfamiliar areas.

Spotify


Best apps for the Samsung Gear S3 and Gear Sport

Spotify is the essential music streaming app for Gear devices. It is perfect for tuning in while working out and is fully controllable through the watch. What's more, Spotify on the Gear S3 and Gear Sport supports offline mode! This means that you will be able to enjoy your favorite music on the go, even if you're not tethered to a smartphone. This adds yet another layer of autonomy to the smartwatches, which is neat if you don't want to carry your smartphone with you while jogging.

Here WeGo


Best apps for the Samsung Gear S3 and Gear Sport


Here WeGo for the latest Gear watches is a standalone affair, meaning it doesn't have to be synced to the Here app on your phone in order to work, but maps need to be cached beforehand. Here WeGo allows you to plan routes by method of transportation, caches your data for easily accessing it later on, and is an all around great navigation app for your new smartwatch.


Calculator


Best apps for the Samsung Gear S3 and Gear Sport

Samsung's Gear Calculator app is currently our favorite of the sort. There is not much to say about it though. It is a calculator, it is functional, and it is a great app to have on your smartwatch. Our only complaint would be about the app's relatively small buttons which are not that easy to tap in quick successions, but this could be chalked up the screen's very limited real estate. Calculator is a must-have app for every Gear owner.

Uber


Best apps for the Samsung Gear S3 and Gear Sport

Request Uber cars from your wrist. Easy-peasy! Once you install the main app on your phone, then its smartwatch companion, and log in, you will be ready to hail rides straight from your Gear watch in no time! 

More great apps


Hextris


Best apps for the Samsung Gear S3 and Gear Sport

In Hextris, you rotate a hexagon using the bezel of your Gear watch. Your goal is to stack colorful blocks on the sides of the hexagon, destroying them in clusters of three, while avoiding filling the entire play area with blocks. Hextris is a fun little game and works very well on the Gear.

White Light


Best apps for the Samsung Gear S3 and Gear Sport

White Light is a simple app, as simple as simple gets. Since neither the Gear S3, nor the Gear Sport have built-in flashlights, White Light aims to rectify this in the easiest way possible – by turning your screen white and raking up the brightness. It doesn't sound all that useful on paper, but you don't know when it may save your life... or spare you some annoying fiddling for your phone in the dark, at the very least.

Rolling Hams


Best apps for the Samsung Gear S3 and Gear Sport

Rolling Hams is a fun puzzle game where you twist the bezel of your Gear watch to navigate a cute critter through a series of increasingly challenging stages. The game has a colorful and vibrant art style, the levels are creative, and the gameplay is simple, yet perfectly suited for the roting bezel. Smartwatch games are not a dime a dozen, or at least not the good ones, but Rolling Hams is definitely a good showcase of what can be done.

Fruit Ninja


Best apps for the Samsung Gear S3 and Gear Sport

A Fruit Ninja game on a smartwatch, who would've thought? But here it is and it actually works surprisingly well on the tiny screens of the Gear S3 and Gear Sport. Best of all, perhaps, it's completely free to download on Galaxy Apps.

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