Must-have Samsung Gear S3 apps
, by Anusiya M, 4 min reading time
The Samsung Gear S3 is still a popular choice even though the Samsung Gear Sport has now made an entry.With its amazing sports and health tracking features, the Gear S3 Frontier and Classic watches would have been perfect if not for their measly app support.Things are of course slowly getting better as Samsung rolls out regular software updates to improve its Gear S3 smartwatch duo.
We have picked up a few apps that are must-haves for you:
The Gear S3 is the only smartwatch that has an official Spotify app, so you can enjoy music from your wrist via Wi-Fi or LTE.You can browse through your playlists, charts and search for tracks on the app.Premium android users now have offline support so you can listen to saved playlists even when not connected to an internet source.
Under Armour Connected Fitness Suite
As Samsung only offered basic Strava support, fitness enthusiasts did not have access to good third-party options but that has changed with the recent Under Armour collaboration.The Gear S3 supports the Under Armour Connected Fitness suite, so you now have access to apps like Endomondo, UA Record, MyFitnessPal and MapMyRun.You can also enjoy untethered GPS tracking, route viewing, diet planning and more.
We all know how that works but on the S3's version, it works better. The big screen allows you to drag the marker to your chosen pickup location easily, use the rotating bezel to zoom in and out of the map and more.
Facer was initially available on the Wear and can be now used by Samsung's Tizen-running smartwatches.There are over 15,000 different watch faces specially designed for the Gear S3, you will be spoilt for choice. You can also create your own using the Facer Creator portal.Select images, pick different fonts, watch hands and picky your favourite watch widgets - voila you have your customized watch face.
This previously unofficial app is now official. You can now monitor temperature, set the device status to 'home' or 'away' and even control heat through the watch's rotating bezel.
Find My Car
Sometimes...who am I kidding...most of the time we forget where we have parked our car....but not with the Find My Car app. It marks the location when you arrive, allows you to leave yourself a voice memo to remind yourself where you packed and so on.
Flipboard News briefing
Flipboard comes pre-installed app on the S3 and gives you news-worthy articles in concise format. If you want to dig in deeper all you need to do is tap a button to open the full story on your phone.
This gameplay will have you hooked, all you need to do is twist the Gear's bezel to navigate through a series of increasingly challenging labyrinths and vibrant levels.
Glympse lets people know where you are yes, its function is just that simple.For instance, you are meeting friends in an unknown part of town, you can send them your GPS location through the app so that they can easily get to you.You can also request a friend's location by tapping a different icon.
Though it is not the official version, this replica is a surprisingly a good fit on Samsung's watch. You can have endless fun of carving airborne watermelons for free.
When it comes to running apps, its slim pickings. The Nike+ app won't be available to Gear due to Nike's partnership with Apple.Samsung Health is a good choice, but if you want another option, Pear is free and will work without your phone.It offers audio coaching, heart rate tracking as well as distance and calorie counting.
This app is simple but extremely useful - it turns your S3 into a mini torch! So, if you are stumbling in the dark and dont want to fish out your phone, just use White Light on your smartphone.
Camera Gear transforms your S3 into a remote photo and video shooter. The app will stream the image from your phone camera (both front or rear) to your wrist, where you can remotely capture or set a timer. You also get flash mode support.
The BMW Connected app allows you to lock/unlock doors, check fuel level in the tank, view details of your next trip and check the location of your BMW - all from your wrist. Feeling like James Bond, you bet!
Here WeGoIf you want map support on your S3, download Here WeGo. It allows you to set a route and have it cache to your watch, so you can later use it without your phone.
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