The trend of wearing Android smartwatches has flourished in recent years. While Google has put tons of efforts to bring all the features and functionalities to your wrist through Android Wear, they have missed lots of features that now require third-party apps.
Moto 360 has been the best-selling Android smartwatch of 2014. Loved by millions of Android fans worldwide, Motorola has released the upgraded and more powerful version of this android wear a.k.a Moto 360 (2nd Gen).
No wonder everyone wants to get the most out of their money. The best way to do so with smart devices is by customizing them according to your needs.
Must-Have Android Wear Apps for Moto 360 (2nd Gen)
Below is a list of most recommended and essential apps for all the Moto 360 (2015) users in no particular order. All the apps are available on Google Play Store and we’ve included links to each app in its section for easy access.
The Wear OS by Google app, previously Android Wear, syncs your smartwatch and phone so you can get more out of your watch. This is Google’s official app for all the smartwatches running on Android Wear to connect to your Android phone. It lets you change watch faces from a collection of Google’s thousands of watch faces.
Android wear can provide you various ‘Actions’ that will be triggered in your smartwatch once selected. Some of them are Agenda, Navigate, Play Music, Set a timer, Show me my heart rate, Take a note etc.
Motorola Connect is Motorola’s official app for Android devices to manage all your Motorola connected devices from one place. It currently supports Moto 360 (1st/2nd Gen), Moto Pulse, Moto Surround, Motorola Power Pack Micro, Motorola Keylink as well as Motorola Connect PC Extension (Available on Moto X 1st/2nd Gen, Droid Turbo, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, Droid Mini phones only). Motorola Connect is compatible with almost all Android devices.
You can customize your Moto 360 (2nd Gen) with one of Motorola’s exclusive watch faces, or create your own with the My Design option. It’s even helpful in locating your lost watch on a map.
Moto Body tracks your wellness activity and fitness activity, offers personalized insights, and keeps you moving with daily progress notifications to help you maintain a healthier lifestyle. With Moto Body, and a Moto 360 (2nd Gen), you can track your daily heart activity, steps, calorie burn, and distance. You can measure your heart rate on-demand and track your progress over time.
Receive valuable insights related to your goals and learn from tips and articles. Get timely and meaningful notifications throughout the day. Share your wellness and fitness data with popular 3rd party apps.
Android Device Manager is not much reliable to manage Android Smartwatches. You can know your phone’s location or lock it remotely using Android Device Manager but for those who are looking for something little extra, Find My Phone is for you.
With Find My Phone app you will never forget your phone and can quickly find it in one tap. This app will make your Android Wear Watch start buzzing if it detects that you are going away from your phone without taking it.
Google Keep is undoubtedly the best note keeping application for Android smartwatches. You can quickly capture what’s on your mind and get a reminder later at the right place or time. You will get a peace of mind to manage all your notes across all your devices running under same Google ID.
Write notes, add titles, add reminders to them and you can even highlight your notes with different colors. You can even record your notes with “Okay, Google” voice command and asking it to take a note. The app is totally free with no in-app purchases.
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) has two digital mics but doesn’t have inbuilt ability to record sound. Wear Audio Recorder is a handy and functional voice recorder for the smartphones and Android Wear watches!
It’s a very handy and functional voice recorder for the smartphones and Android Wear watches! Record your conversations, lectures, meetings and anything you want with very simple and intuitive interface. The app is designed both for watches and smartphones.
Calculator Begins is a mini, interactive app for your smartphone and smartwatch. The best part of this app is that it doesn’t show up any advertisements or in-app purchase options. Fully supports Android Wear. You can even convert over 170 world currencies. Try different themes and colors to match your math mood.
You can also see your calculation history. This app can perform over 20 scientific functions. Supports 125 mathematical and physical constants with over 100 units for conversions across 13 categories.
WeChat is a free messaging & calling app that allows you to easily connect with family & friends across countries. It’s the all-in-one communications app for free text (SMS/MMS), voice & video calls, moments, photo sharing, and games.
WeChat gives you the highest level of control over your privacy. It’s the only messaging app to be certified by TRUSTe. WeChat fully supports Moto 360 (2nd Gen) and other smartwatches. It lets you send Sticker, Voice, and Text (voice typing) through its Android Wear interface.
This App reminds you to drink water every day and tracks your water drinking habits. All you need to do is to enter your current weight and this app will automatically help you to determine how much water your body needs every day.
Water Drink Reminder reminds you to drink enough water. Proper hydration keeps your skin healthy and helps you lose weight. When you have finished drinking a cup of water, you will need to add a cup to the app. It has a reminder system that will remind you the water you need to drink for the rest of the day.
Launchers in Android devices make it lot easier to find things on it. Now on Android Wear watches too, we have the best launcher so far known as Wear Mini Launcher. Wear Mini Launcher is designed to allow you to quickly launch any app from anywhere.
You have also access to quick settings with the double swipe gesture. You can change the brightness of your wear device, change the WiFi state, the ring mode of your handheld or make it ring to find it back!
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) comes with a lot of beautiful & customizable watch faces. If you want more then there are tons of Watch Faces available for Moto 360 (2nd Gen) on the Play Store. Isn’t it great to have your own customized watch face? You can use the WatchMaker app for this purpose.
WatchMaker Watch Faces include thousands of premade watch faces. You can create your own watch faces too with animated GIFs, custom animations, text & transitions, and more. You can also show various information on your watch face like calendar, weather, countdowns, tasker, stopwatch, compass, heart rate etc.
Moto 360 (2nd Gen) running Android Wear doesn’t have the ‘Task Manager’ inbuilt out of the box. That’s why it has been so hard to keep track of all the apps running in the background. But not now!
This app is the first task manager for the Android Wear OS (Wear OS). Android Wear Task Manager lists all the running processes on your watch. It can also help you to stop any of the tasks easily and quickly. You can also close all the running apps at once with the “Close all” button.
Ever thought about playing YouTube videos and movies on that tiny screen on your Moto 360 (2nd Gen)? Well, with this app, it’s possible. Video player for Android Wear (Wear OS) smartwatches is powered by YouTube. You can view YouTube videos on your Android Wear smartwatch using this app.
It’s a true wearable entertainment app. This app works standalone on any Android Wear 2 watches including Moto 360 (2nd Gen) paired with iOS or Android phones.
This app brings calendar functionality to your Android Wear smartwatch. You can get an overview of upcoming appointments and schedules with the calendar view. It’s completely free of cost! To retrieve your existing appointments, your Moto 360 (2nd Gen) needs to be connected to your smartphone.
Browse your appointments through a day agenda by touching on a specific day. View details for an appointment such as description, begin and end date when touching on the appointment in the daily agenda. To start the app. Just say: OK Google…Start calendar.
It’s a great approach to stay updated and never forget anything important. Why crawling your pocket to take out your smartphone to take an important note when it’s possible to do the same with your smartwatch?
You can easily take sticky notes with your Moto 360 (2nd Gen) using Doodle Note. Tap on eraser button to remove the last stroke. Tap on the trashcan to remove the sticky note. Although taking notes on the tiny screen of your Moto 360 (2nd Gen) could be tough but it never disappoints at getting the job done.
When we have a YouTube video player for Android Wear devices like Moto 360 (2nd Gen), it isn’t possible to not have a Photo Gallery too. This app provides an easy and beautiful way to view your photos on your Wear OS (Android Wear) smartwatch.
It automatically picks up all your images and folders from your paired smartphone or from your Google Photos. You can scroll through your folders and view, share, and delete photos directly from your watch. It’s a true wearable entertainment app.