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    5 smart apps for the Android smartwatch

    Krishan Sharma
    Technology Journalist

    Krishan Sharma is a freelance journalist who writes for various consumer tech and business IT publications

    Krishan Sharma
    Technology Journalist

    Krishan Sharma is a freelance journalist who writes for various consumer tech and business IT publications

    Google’s operating system designed specifically for smartwatches, Android Wear, might still be in its infancy.

    There are already some apps available for the platform that showcase the productivity-boosting functionality of smartwatches. Pair Android Wear enabled smartwatches, such as an LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live or the upcoming Moto 360 from Motorola, with the right apps and a smartwatch is transformed into a handy business tool. Here are five of the best:Prices correct at time of publishing.

    Android smartwatch

    1. Google Maps

    Google Maps provides turn-by-turn directions on your wrist. Whether you're meeting a colleague for lunch or driving to the footy, having turn-by-turn directions on your wrist is always welcome. Google Maps really is the killer app for smartwatches so far.Google Maps is built into Android Wear, so all you have to do is say, “Okay Google, navigate to:” then state the address of your destination. Alternatively, if you already have your home and work address saved to your Google account then all you need to say is “navigate home” or “navigate work”. Because your smartwatch always knows your physical location, you can make general navigation requests as well, such as “navigate to the nearest petrol station” or “navigate to the nearest coffee shop”.

    Free

    2. Evernote Wear

    Become a note-taking machine without lifting a finger. Evernote has become the go-to note-taking app for many and now it’s compatible with Android Wear devices. This means that you can dictate notes within a moment’s notice by simply saying “Okay Google, take a note,” making it much more convenient than typing on a smartphone or tablet touchscreen. You can also view and search for notes, check off to-dos and see relevant notes and content appear on your watch whenever you have a calendar event, all while your smartphone stays firmly in your pocket.

    Free

    3. CloudMagic

    The default Gmail app works great with Android Wear, but what if you don’t rely on the search giant for email? CloudMagic is an app that acts as a unified inbox for all your email accounts such as Microsoft Exchange, Outlook and Office 365 through to Yahoo, Google Apps and any IMAP account. CloudMagic even supports other tools like Salesforce.com, Zendesk, Evernote, Trello, Asana and MailChimp. New emails or messages from any of these services will be pushed to your smartwatch for instant viewing and any actions will be synced back to the relevant service.

    Free

    4. Duolingo

    For the globetrotting business professional - Duolingo is a popular language learning app perfect for anyone who does business with foreign colleagues and clients. The app is right at home on the wrist where you can create bite-sized flash cards that display on your smartwatch, making it easier to absorb and more accessible than using your smartphone. Languages include - Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Italian

    Free

    5. Contacts+

    Don’t worry about losing business cards again with Contacts+ you can easily share contact details by literally bumping your smartwatch to another NFC-enabled watch or smartphone. Contacts+ is also an easy way to manage contacts strewn across different apps and services under one unified interface.It means that you can quickly view a contact’s recent activity from LinkedIn or other social networks at a glance. You can also use Contacts+ to show incoming text messages on your watch. In addition, it lets you reply or snooze a message for later, all without ever having to reach for your smartphone.

    Free

    Prices correct at time of publishing.

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