The Sony SmartWatch 3 release is almost upon us but while Sony's Android Wear debutant is much anticipated, there's still a community of SmartWatch 2 users out there looking for the best apps for their smartwatch.
The healthy selection of big-name SmartWatch 2 apps range from run trackers to traffic alerts and everything in between.
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Users will be after some apps for productivity, others for fitness, and more still for smartphone control and notifications. Here’s our pick of the top Sony SmartWatch 2 apps...
Not just a virtual pedometer, this apps provides a wealth of data for your walks, such as the distance travelled and calories burned. You can check your walk history and show it to your friends using the social network interaction, such as Facebook and Twitter. Simple but effective.
Augmented Smart Traffic Watch
There are few feelings more satisfying than knowing you’ve beaten the rush while everyone stagnates in a 20-mile jam. This app helps you do just that, by setting up favourite spots on your smartphone and syncing them to your watch to view live traffic cams from your wrist.
For a quick reminder of a password or memo, there’s no need to pull out your phone: instead, sync your clipboard to your watch and access your info quicker and with less hassle. Win-win.
Home security fans will love this app, which streams video from both the front and back cameras of your phone to the smartwatch, so you’re never away from home for long. Swiping the smartwatch takes a photo of the video stream, and it automatically goes into battery-saving mode if no motion is detected. Keeping an eye on the dog has never been easier.
Endomondo Sports Tracker
Not to be left behind in the fitness stakes, the Sony SmartWatch 2 has its own range of active assistants, including this free app which tracks and maps your activity in a wide range of sports, and gives you motivational targets to keep you going, including audio cheers from friends via social media.
If you’re a believer in biorhythms, this app will chart your daily emotional, physical and intellectual biorhythms, calculated simply by putting in your birth date. Its simple design, with colour-coded graph lines, is easy to understand - getting an insight into the weird workings of our bodies just became a lot easier.
SWP - SmartWatch Music Player
This is the easiest and cleanest interface for a music app available on the Sony SmartWatch 2. It’s customisable with backgrounds, bass and treble adjusters and a colour-changing feature to sync your watch to music or background artwork. Select your playlist from your smartphone and use your watch to control the tracks, making this especially handy for commuters and runners.
Makes the most of the connectivity tech of your clever timepiece by enabling full synchronisation between your smartwatch and phone, so you can view and manage notifications from all the most important apps; including calls, email and Facebook. You can change which apps you are notified of and how notifications come through - with a sound or vibration.
There are few things less cool than walking around, lost, with your phone out, frantically looking at street signs and road names. Problem solved with this app that syncs directions from your phone and puts them on your wrist. It may not be the flashiest app out there, but who needs bright graphics and beeps when you’re just looking for an all-night kebab shop?