While the initial batches of Android Wear devices have finally started to get shipped, Google is making sure users don’t miss out on the fun.
To keep users busy, it has created a dedicated section at the Play Store for Android Wear apps specifically.
The number of apps currently tops out at around 30, and includes Google Maps, Hangouts, Pinterest, The Guardian, Path and Rustastic PRO. It comprises mainly free apps but there are exceptions. Expect that number to increase in the near future as big, announced names like Twitter and Gmail are curiously missing.
As you probably know, the apps work in the same way as in most other smartwatches. You download the app on your smartphone, which then connects with your watch and syncing ensues. You’ll need to install the Android Wear app first of all. The webpage currently seems to only open via the URL given above; there isn’t a section shown individually.
Android Wear can currently be experienced on only three devices, which includes smartwatches from Motorola, LG and Samsung. Only the latter two’s smartwatches are on sale currently and cost $199 and $229 respectively.
Google’s Play Store version 5.0 is also live now, which mainly includes Google services and enhancements to Google’s new products. Notable additions include cross-device synchronizing in Play Games and new time-based “Quest” challenges.
If you’re thinking of maybe buying an Android Wear smartwatch in the near future, you may be happy to hear that its essentials, even though embryonic still, have finally been given birth.