The world of apps is not just a realm available through your smartphone. A lot of the best apps that you enjoy using on your phone can also be accessed on your smartwatch as well. A whole host of the best services and entertainment-based applications are accessible from right there on your wrist.
One of the best app ecosystems revolves around the Galaxy Watch series. Though some may so it doesn’t compete with the Apple Watch, the Samsung Gear S3 is full of available apps. With its sleek interface, rotating bezel, and S3 Classic and S3 Frontier iterations, many believe it to be one of the best smartwatches on the market. It is undoubtedly a perfect watch for utilizing apps.
So what are the best Samsung Gear S3 apps? Is there a range of apps available to suit the needs and requirements of a broad base of users?
Note: All of these apps are also available on the Samsung Gear S2 as well.
The popular ride-hailing app is available for the Samsung Gear S3 Classic and Frontier. Working in tandem with the Uber app on your phone, you can send your pickup location and request a ride; see your driver’s name, information, and car type right from your watch face.
You can’t specify your destination from your watch, and that is why the companion app is needed. But, you can watch in real-time as your driver drives to pick you up, and you can also cancel the ride if you have found some other means of transportation.
Requesting a taxi service used to be quite an arduous task, so it’s all the more revolutionary that the Samsung Galaxy Watch allows you to do this right from your watch. Android Wear’s powerful functionality allows for smooth and straightforward usage.
Why we love it: this app is the best thing when you need a quick pickup, whether it be to the airport or on a night out.
You can now use Spotify the popular streaming service on both the Frontier and Classic iterations of the Gear S3 watch. The Frontier uses a standalone LTE connection, and the Classic will only stream when connected to WiFi. So Spotify works best on the Frontier version of the Samsung Gear S3.
Available from the app store, the Spotify app allows premium members to cycle through playlists, chart-toppers, and even search for specific artists. Frontier users can stream music completely independent of their phone using the watch. The interface of the app is easy-to-use and gives an enormous amount of musical freedom.
Why we love it: this app allows music lovers to stream from their watch, and fitness enthusiasts to skip or play songs while running.
If you are a busy person with a lot of friends to stay in touch with, one of the best apps to have on your watch is Textra SMS. This app allows you to view messages from contacts independent of your Android phone or iPhone using smart notifications. You can even use the rotating bezel to view past messages.
Once you have seen these messages, it will also let you reply to them right from your watch face enabling you to communicate with friends and family. Though the app doesn’t let you compose new messages, it still is a great help when someone is inquiring where you are, or they want to know something specific.
Why we love it: Textra SMS enables you to communicate freely with contacts using only your Gear S3
This app is the best line of communication between your smartphone and your Gear S3. Via a Bluetooth connection, this app allows you to review your watch’s battery and storage, view the apps that you have downloaded to the watch.
It also allows you to view some of the fitness analytics your watch has been able to capture, such as heart rate and steps taken. The Galaxy Wearable app is the companion every Gear S3 user needs to stay abreast of how their watch is performing.
Why we love it: the Galaxy Wearable app acts as a great space and data management program for your watch.
Flipboard is for those people that want a quick blast of what is going on in the world. Flipboard news aggregates what articles it displays dependent on your personal preferences. With everything from current events, to tech & science, you can get a great deal of what is going on in the world straight from your wrist.
Its accessible interface allows you to swipe through the stories you don’t want to see so you can find the articles you are interested in.
Why we love it: Flipboard allows the user to stay informed on everything from politics to the arts right from their wrist.
The Gear for Nest app allows your S3 to connect with your Nest learning thermostat. Through the simple interface on your watch, you are able to alert your thermostat whether you are home and away.
You can also view the temperature in your home right from your wrist as the Gear for Nest also comes with its watch face. You are also able to turn the heat up and down, a fantastic feature for those looking to warm up their home as they head home on a winter evening!
Why we love it: a tremendously easy-to-use way to control your thermostat and fan.
A fun game for all the Samsung Galaxy Watch wearers now, and it comes in the form of the popular phone game Fruit Ninja.
Using the watch’s touchscreen, the game requires you to slice through a pear one minute, and avoid detonating a bomb the next. Just swipe the touchscreen and the fruit on the screen will be chopped, as if by magic! Rise through the levels and see if you can slice through your high score again and again.
Why we love it: this addictive Gear S3 game can provide much-needed respite and entertainment!
One for the picture snappers now. The Phone Camera Remote Circle (not a very catchy name) connects with your phone for the ultimate photography advantage. Once activated (as long as Bluetooth is available), your watch face will show you what your camera sees.
Then it is just a matter of setting up your phone, using the watch app to line up the perfect shot, and then SNAP! You can get perfect pictures every time with the help of your Samsung Galaxy Watch.
Why we love it: this app is the best thing to help fight against blurry and faulty photos with its innovative systematics.
This free app for Android Wear brings peace of mind. Using GPS technology, the wearer of the S3 can share their exact GPS location to anyone of their choice in their contact list. The app also enables sending your location to any email address, as well.
With the location being viewable in the app and a web browser, it certainly does have a lot of usability. One can only imagine the relief a parent would feel knowing their child could share an image of their location at the touch of a screen.
Why we love it: a lifesaver for those with vulnerable/young family members that use GPS to locate the Gear S3.
The app Facer allows for a customizable and unique layout for your watch. Using your phone, you can choose from a selection of free and paid watch faces that allow for different looks and functionalities. For instance, the White Purity watch face will enable you to view the time, date, battery life, and steps you’ve taken all from a brilliant analog design.
This app does the best job of allowing your style to shine through your watch!
Why we love it: this app allows the watch user to feel like their device is a little more unique to them.
The next app is for those of us that endure sleepless nights. Sleep as Android tracks your sleep throughout the night from your watch. Your sleep activity will be displayed clearly on your smartphone and allow for rating and adding notes to that particular sleep record.
The app even tracks when you enter and exit each sleep phase; this helps you to understand more clearly how you are utilizing your nights and gives you tips on how best to go about keeping your sleep at its optimum level.
Why we love it: this app helps us to sleep soundly by giving us easily accessible sleep statistics and smart notifications on our phone.
A convenient little app that turns your Gear S3 screen white and your brightness up to maximum. This allows the watch to double up as a torch or flashlight, helping you to illuminate your surroundings to avoid any bumps or bruises in the dark!
The watch will also vibrate every minute the app is on as a handy warning that you may have left it active without meaning to. An app that you may only need in short bursts, but you’ll be glad it is there when the time comes.
How do I access the app store on Samsung Gear S3 watch?
Accessing the app store right from the Samsung Galaxy Watch could not be easier. All you need to do is open settings, rotate the bezel until you reach ‘get more apps’. From there, the selection of apps available to you will be accessible straight from your watch face.
How can I install apps on Gear S3?
Rotate the bezel, cycling through available apps until you find the app that you want. From there, you tap ‘install’ to begin downloading your chosen app. Once the app has downloaded, it will be an available icon on your app selection list.
How do I close apps on Gear S3?
When you are finished using an app, you will want to close it down. To do this, tap recent apps while on the app screen. You will bring up the apps you have open, then select the app that you wish to close and press ‘close app.’ This will shut that application down.
What apps have notifications on Gear S3?
Many of the messaging apps have notifications that show on the Gear S3. This includes WhatsApp and Textra SMS. The size of the watch face limits the number of notifications that can be shown, but the calendar, alarm, and sleep tracking apps all have notification-based alerts as well.
In conclusion, there is a wide range of applications available on the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier and Classic watches. Samsung Gear S3 apps provide a variety of features, including entertaining games and services like music playback, while others are great for finding a taxi and locating someone. There are also many apps that help you to customize your watch and make it your own.
Liam writes articles for a myriad of sites and publications. With a deep-set love for electronics and music, often finds himself drawn to writing about the latest bands and gadgets. He has a degree in Drama and English, enjoys acting, producing music and writing in a number of formats. He also works as a copywriter, providing content for clients around the world.