10 Enterprise-Friendly Android Wear Apps for Those New Wearables

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2015-05-12
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Threema Provides Secure Messaging for Wearables
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    Threema Provides Secure Messaging for Wearables

    Mobile messaging apps are everywhere, but for the average corporate user, they're insecure, making them unusable. That's where Threema comes in. The app includes full end-to-end encryption for all messages and automatically alerts Android Wear users of a message. Users can then acknowledge receipt of the encrypted message and reply from the Android Wear device.
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    dNote Lets Users Dictate Notes Using Android Voice Commands
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    dNote Lets Users Dictate Notes Using Android Voice Commands

    For those seeking note-taking applications for an Android Wear-based device, dNote might fit the bill. The application displays notes on the wearable. And the built-in voice commands in Android Wear will also allow users to dictate a note using dNote. Like the other apps in this roundup, users need to connect their wearable to an Android-based device to use the app.
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    A Top-Notch To-Do List With Wunderlist
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    A Top-Notch To-Do List With Wunderlist

    Wunderlist has established itself as one of the leaders in the to-do list space, so it's perhaps no surprise that it also supports Android Wear. The app lets users create full lists and automatically check off items when they're completed. The Android Wear app also provides notifications on events.
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    Keep Your Thoughts in One Place With Voice Recorder
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    Keep Your Thoughts in One Place With Voice Recorder

    A recorder is a must-have for many busy professionals, so downloading the Voice Recorder app might be a good idea. The Android Wear app lets users receive notifications for starting, pausing and stopping recordings. Voice Recorder is a useful app for anyone who doesn't have time to type out long notes.
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    Weather Delta Keeps Track of Your Forecast
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    Weather Delta Keeps Track of Your Forecast

    Weather Delta offers a different take on current weather and forecasts by providing users with more insight into the weather. So, instead of just showing the temperature, the app will tell folks what the air "feels like" based on several different data points. On the Android Wear device, Weather Delta displays "cards" that give users quick information on their local weather without requiring them to look at their smartphones.
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    TripTracker Helps You Trace Your Path
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    TripTracker Helps You Trace Your Path

    TripTracker is ideal for the road warrior. The app provides users with information on how fast they're going, trip distance and more. The app works when driving, cycling and walking. It also includes a pop-up notification feature for users who would rather see the time on their screen rather than the app.
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    Find Out Who's Calling With Truecaller
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    Find Out Who's Calling With Truecaller

    Truecaller is a neat app for those who get unsolicited phone calls from people who have blocked numbers. The app stops users from receiving spam calls and will auto-search a blocked number to show people who the caller is. For Android Wear, the app displays call information determined by the connected smartphone.
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    Contacts+ Tells You About Your Friends
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    Contacts+ Tells You About Your Friends

    Contacts+ is a useful app for people who want to not only catalog their contacts, but also block spammers, store messages and quickly dial calls. On the Android Wear side, Contacts+ shows notifications and lets users sift through their friends and family. It's a neat app for anyone who has many contacts but wants them conveniently stowed away.
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    Trello Assists You in Organizing Checklists
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    Trello Assists You in Organizing Checklists

    Trello is a great app for managers who want to keep track of their employees. The app has checklists for to-do lists and includes support for viewing photos and videos. With Android Wear, users can view messages sent through the app and view the latest to-do lists. There's also a note-taking feature that can be viewed from Android Wear devices.
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    Google Camera Is All About Photo-Snapping
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    Google Camera Is All About Photo-Snapping

    Google Camera is a great app for people who want to enhance the look and feel of their photos. Android Wear adds another element to the app by allowing users to control the camera from a distance. So, rather than hold the Android device to snap a photo, Google Camera can be controlled with the Android Wear wearable. It's a neat feature that could come in handy for those who want to be included in photos.
 

Android Wear, the wearable operating system developed by Google, has established itself as a credible option in the world of wearables. The mobile operating system platform allows for smartwatches and other wearables to take advantage of modified Android apps and gives Google a much-needed foothold in what is an increasingly important market. For enterprise customers, however, wearables are pretty much an unknown quantity. There are several studies that suggest wearables could find a suitable home in the enterprise, but for the most part, those devices have yet to show their value to corporate customers at this stage in the market's development. To address that, Google has been courting third-party developers to build apps for Android Wear. Some of those apps can appeal to both consumers and enterprise customers. But the very fact that they can be used for the enterprise makes devices running Android Wear even more appealing. This slide show looks at some current Android Wear apps to see what might be useful for enterprise customers.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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