The best Samsung Gear S2 apps so far

The best Samsung Gear S2 apps so far

Updated: Early gems in an otherwise underwhelming app store
The best Gear S2 apps so far

The Samsung Gear S2 doesn't boast as many apps as Apple, Android Wear or even Pebble yet. Despite claiming more than 1,000 apps at launch, it probably won't catch up either.

It's still early days, to put it kindly. Samsung opened up its SDK (the kit developers need to make apps) early but that doesn't mean all developers have made this device their priority. What's more, some have told Wareable that the Gear S2 is incredibly hard to code for.

Read this: Samsung Gear S2 review

All Gear S2 apps are downloaded via the Samsung Gear app, once it has been paired to the smartwatch. As it's still slim pickings, we'll continue to update this feature as we spend more time with the Gear S2 and as - hopefully - more quality apps appear on the Gear apps store.

Let us know what apps and games you're using and any recommendations you've found below in the comments or over in the Wareable Forum.

HERE Navigator

Get simple, easy to read, turn-by-turn directions for walking or driving with HERE Maps' Navigator app. Samsung has partnered with the mapping service but we had to download the app onto our device. It's accurate too and won't have you walking in circles like Apple Maps on the Watch.

Nike+ Running

A staple for any wearable OS, the ever-present Nike+ Running app provides information on the user's distance, pace, and length of a run. Information is displayed right on the face of the watch though it's not the easiest to read when you're looking down through a mist of sweat. Additional motivational help is provided within the app's content.

Uber

Uber has finally arrived on the Gear S2, after being listed as a launch app. We had to download a companion app to our Samsung phone as well as the Gear S2 app (and our own Android Uber app). But once you're set up and logged in, it's a slick, nicely designed app.

First is a 'set pickup' screen with a miniature map to move around or pinpoint your current location then you get a list of Uber options (UberX, Pool etc) to scroll through with the rotating bezel to order your car.

Twitter Trends

With this social networking app, you can get Twitter feeds sent directly to your watch face, below the date and time, so you'll know exactly when your clever status update got a retweet. This could be an example of connectivity overload but get the right feed and it will keep you up to date on Twitter without becoming too distracting.

Chat Hub

This new, handy Samsung app brings all your messages into one screen - texts, WhatsApps, Facebook Messenger etc. Again, it involves two downloads but there's no more logging in after that. Chat Hub includes both preset replies like "What's up?" and an onscreen keyboard if you really want to type out your response.

News Briefing

Flipboard for Gear S2 (essentially) is here and it's a nice image-based stream of curated articles to scroll through with the S2's rotating bezel. One minor point - the default font is too big to read whole headlines.

Mr. Time Maker

This is a nice - and popular - watch face creator which lets you customise or 'stylise' existing faces with adding dial colours and widgets like dates. Plus you can also make your own and some enterprising Samsung smartwatch owners have copied their favourite traditional watch designs. Mr. Time recommends setting these to private to avoid copyright problems.

eBay

A decent start for the official Gear S2 eBay app - you can view your buying and selling activity, increase bids (by turning the bezel! argh!) and outbid someone on the watch itself. You can't search items or place a new bid yet but perhaps that's for the best, impulse buy wise.

Agile Keyboard

We're not really sure what to make of this QWERTY keyboard app for the Gear S2 but thought it best to mention. Some people love this sort of thing and as boldly stylish as the Gear S2 can be, this is still a geek's watch at heart. One reasons you might actually download this $0.99 app is the access to hundreds of emojis in a few taps. Nice.

Snake Classic S2

Two types of games are emerging on smartwatches - imaginative text based adventures and well, simple mobile games. And it doesn't get more basic than Snake, the Gear S2 version is actually the top free app on the Gear store. No further explanation needed.

Photo Watch Pro

The selection of watch faces for the Gear S2 is increasing - it has Snoopy now, take that Mickey Mouse x Apple Watch. But most users want to personalise the look of their watch even more.

If Mr. Time Maker style customisation isn't your bag, download Photo Watch to use your own still/animated images as background dials. Switch out photos by double tapping the watch app itself (which comes from Android Wear), not the smartphone app.

Voxer

Want to play spy movie? Voxer aims to come close. If you're rocking the Gear S2 3G, you can send audio messages from your smartwatch to someone else, like you would on a walkie-talkie, to instantly talk with your friend. Just tap on a contact and start speaking into your watch. Yep.

It appears as a message on your mate's watch and they can then listen to it on the watch itself via the S2 3G's speaker or on a connected Bluetooth headset.


Lifesum

This is a food and water tracker that's already available on the Apple Watch and Android Wear. Samsung's own S Health screens allow you to manually enter that you've drank a bottle of water or cup of coffee with one tap. But if you want to go one step further, Lifesum is worth a look with recipes, diaries and 'lose weight'/'gain weight' goals.

Line

You know those cutesy characters that you can use as stickers in the Line messaging app? Well, now you can choose one to be your watch face on Gear S2 with this Line app - hold tight for the full blown messaging app on Tizen.

Yelp for Gear

What time is it? It's breakfast time. Meet me at a quarter to coffee break. I get off work at happy hour. That's how you will tell time with the Yelp app for Gear S2. While providing consumer-submitted reviews of various businesses inside the app, your watch face looks like a spinning wheel of things-to-do which makes good use of the watch's circular screen and rotating bezel.

And if you own smart home devices or a connected car...

SmartThings

With the SmartThings app for Gear S2 you will soon be able to use your smartwatch to activate preset lighting so your house is ready for your return, as well as manage a host of smart home automations. It hasn't arrived on Samsung's store yet but it will work with Samsung's SmartThings kit which we're currently testing.

Kevo by UniKey


Keys are so 20th century. Nowadays, all you need is a smartphone to get through your front door. Even more convenient, with apps like Kevo, you can unlock your front door with your wrist worn device. You can also send digital codes to friends and family when you aren't home so they can let themselves in and won't accidentally lose your house key.

The app works with the $220 Kwikset Kevo smart lock by Unikey so, you know, don't download if you have a dumb door.

Volkswagen

If you've got one of Volkswagen's new connected cars and a Gear S2, you'll be able to tell, right on your watch face, whether you've left the door unlocked. You can also start the air conditioner and pause charging on electric cars. Even better? Your smartwatch's emissions are guaranteed to be legal.

36 Comments

  • SoLo says:

    Why isnt anyone talking about the 3g version? What carriers will carry it? What will the price be? Where can someone buy the replacement bands they showed off when they announced the watch?  I dont get why this has to be a mystery with Samsung.  Announce like apple does and you will sell more. 

    • iSueYOU says:

      Because this Website's Writers all Sainted Steve Jobs iCrAppleholics..... bent on dissing on anything that doesn't have the Cult of the Rotten Bitten Apple Logo on it!!!

      Of it needs to be engraved with Tim Crook's Official Seal of the iDevil Profit Mongers for this writer to think it worthy of their dearly beloved Saint Steve Jobs's iGraveyard likeness, in preparation for iHalloween! .....where she will play the part of Lisa the failed prelude to the Mac and slayer of the all mighty IBM, in a remake of Apple's infamous Commercial that only ran once! ......as she'll deliver the famous fearless leader's eulogy in celebration of All Hallows Eve.... I mean Lisa.... the long gone 1st copy of Xerox PARC's GUI and Mouse FAIL!!! 

      • j.stables says:

        I understood the beginning where you said we were all biased, but sort of lost it a bit near the end. The Xerox bit was particularly confusing. 

        • Buffalo says:

          Steve Jobs stole the GUI interface from Xerox. Xerox invented the technology but was afraid that it would make copy machines obsolete, so they buried it.

        • prd0000 says:

          Jobs stole Xerox OS and GUI for his Apple, but then told lies to the world that Gates stole it. The fact was that Gates hired former PARC engineers when Jobs stole their future. He's a mischievous evil prick, not a genius, just a thief without conscience.

    • j.stables says:

      No info yet – probably because it's not ready. Will update when we hear back.

    • Lissu says:

      I got 3G one from AT&T (running 4G on it). I own bluetooth one also. 3G Gear S2 is slightly bigger and heavier than bluetooth Gear S2, but it sure is nice to be connected to text and phone calls when I'm away from my phone and be able to talk on the watch. I was talking to my husband in a middle of noisy downtown, he was talking thru his Toyota truck speaker phone via bluetooth. Voice quality was just fine and I was pleased. I just wish Samsung comes out with more apps to use on the watch like IFTTT, so we can customize it and make it more useful. That's the one thing I admoire Moto 360 2nd gen more.

  • smooth1 says:

    thank-you  for  your  comments  solo  samsung  unbelievable  smh

  • wilsonrcraig says:

    Hi Lori, 

    Would you be interested in trying Voxer with the Samsung watch? I work for Mindshare PR, Voxer's pr agency, and would be glad to arrange it if so. Please let me know.

    Thanks, 

    Wilson   

    • Madchiller says:

      I would like to try it!

  • MrMVJohnson says:

    So you might not be aware of the line app, but it's very popular in a few Asian countries. Is the messaging function integrated in the watch or is it just the character faces? (This is probably the most important function to me)

    • j.stables says:

      Ah thanks – checking this but the initial "Timeless" selection was a watch face. I'm certain there will be an integrated app on Tizen. 

  • velkro16 says:

    When I type in Voxer into the Gear app store nothing comes up. Anyone having this issue?

    • Madchiller says:

      Same here

    • Madchiller says:

      Same here.

      • Vadimjdm says:

        Do you have the 3g version of the s2?

  • fb_509 says:

    Google Tasks.   

    As soon as that's available, I'll buy this thing (I want to be able to go into Whole Foods and leave my phone in the car.  Grocery list on Google Tasks, pay with Android Pay.)

    Why in the world doesn't Samsung hire it's own programmers and crank out a few essential apps for this thing?

  • dinakaran says:

    I don't find Twitter Trends or Voxer in my Gear Apps

  • Vadimjdm says:

    gear s2 DOESN'T HAVE A SPEAKER!!!  Only the gear s2 3g. Please do your research before posting.

  • Vadimjdm says:

    only the gear s2 3G has a speaker.

    • stewarddj says:

      That is a real shame not to have a speaker on all the S2 models and I'm sure I will miss being able to answer calls on my S2 classic but not a show stopper.  I would have gone for the S2 3G if it were available in the UK but as e-sim is not a recognised standard in popular use in the UK, looks like it will be a long time if ever we get the 3G model in the UK.

  • preread says:

    I just got a Gear S2. Where is the best place to find apps for the Gear S2? Is is through Samsung? Is it through the Google Play store? I really want it to connect to, and read, my Google Keep notes. Thank you.

  • shivam7 says:

    guys i cant find kevo app what should i do

  • apocadelyx says:

    hello..

    I have a problem with my Gear S2, i connect not with samsung galaxy phone but with Xiaomi mi4.

    After finish connect to my samsung gear, the problem is i cannot download or add the samsung gear App, always fail.

    i try to connect with my wife Galaxy note 5 n no problem n success to add the app, is it problem to download with the other brand ?

    n my Gear already upgrade to the new version.

    i hope u can give me an information how to add the app to my Gear S2 using my Xiaomi phone

    thx

    • james1089 says:

      I'm using Xiaomi note pro and have no issues, maybe check permissions under security app.

  • theNobyFuentes says:

    Guys    Does Spotify has an app for this Watch?

    • AgeOleSun says:

      There is no Spotify app but there is a media player controller app. So, if you are playing Spotify on your phone the watch taps into the media controls allowing you to skip track, restart track, pause, and adjust volume. Album cover and song names show up too.

      You can only skip around within a playlist and can't actually scroll or search songs. It is still really handy though.

       What is also pretty neat is that spotify now syncs between multiple devices, so as long as it is open on your phone you can control whatever device is actually playing the audio. For example: spotify is running on the phone, audio is however being played on desktop computer through spotify, the watch commands control the phone which is then fed to the computer.


      To setup this feature, on the watch go to the media controller app, it by default tries to play tracks stored onto the watch so click the speaker button to change the audio source, scroll to  "play media: from phone" and start a spotify playlist on the phone. The current track and album will show up and you're good to go.

  • bgh3 says:

    A few questions...

    1. App site accessible via PC?

    2. Replacement bands - where are they?

    3. Is there a timetable to get to a competitive number of apps?

  • FirstEr says:

    ITS DOESN'T WORK! I CANT SEND AND RECIEVE MESSAGEME AND OUR FRIENDS!!! I'm From Turkey.

  • powercatnewt says:

    Ok why does everyone keep showing the Smartthings app it doesn't exist.  Which is really sad since Samsung owns Smarthings.  They advertise it on TV all the time is well.   Seems like false advertising to me.  

  • Sefar says:

    This article is nothing more than Samsung PR republished. Kevo STILL isn't available on the S2. 

    The notion that the HERE app is accurate is sort of correct, but it lags so badly that you will often walk right past your turn. I have the S2 3G which could be great, but like all the other Samsung wearables, and I have bought them all except the Live, it promises much but never delivers, then gets replaced with a new model and the lack of apps starts over. Afraid this will be my last Samsung smartwatch. 

  • Davvvvvo says:

    No speaker is a deal breaker for me. Fail

  • Roy says:

    Ducker is amazing, best game on the Gear S2 amazing a watch can run something that good.

  • Roy says:

    Ducker is by far the best game on the Gear S2, makes all the other games look poor, how a watch can run a game that good is amazing.

  • juj132 says:

    I would like to actually be able to get on Facebook and instgram not just get notifications. 

  • Nfo says:

    why are there no GOOD timer apps? I'm a trainer and have to use something separate for recurring timer.

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