10 Best Android Smartwatch Apps

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Smartwatch apps have come a long way in the past few years, with several of them now offering functionality comparable to some smartphone apps. Many of them also make perfect use of the smartwatch form factor, allowing you to extract the maximum amount of performance these devices are able to offer.

In this guide, we will be looking at some of the best smartwatch apps in the Play Store and comparing their various pros and cons. Not all of the apps below are particularly advanced, but they offer simple solutions to problems and provide a degree of convenience that only a smartwatch app can.

Most Unique
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Infinity Loop
4.6/5.0
Genre: Puzzle
Size: 13.53MB
Unique game, great for stress relief.
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Most Useful
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Google Pay
4.8/5.0
Genre: Finance
Size: 38.8MB
Easy-to-use, plenty of features.
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Top Pick
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Google Maps
4.9/5.0
Genre: Travel & Local
Size: 26.95MB
Highly polished, very feature-rich.
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Smartwatch Android Apps Comparison Table

App NameGenreKey FeaturesPermissionsSizePrice
Google PayFinance
  • NFC payments
  • Send and receive money
  • Payment protection
  • Loyalty cards
  • Save and access tickets,
    including boarding passes
  • Encryption
  • Camera
  • Contacts
  • Location
  • Telephone
  • Storage
  • Bluetooth
  • Network access
  • WiFi
  • Biometrics access
38.8MBFree
Google MapsTravel & Local
  • Real-time GPS navigation
  • Real-time ETA’s and traffic
    conditions
  • Real-time transit
    information
  • Automatic rerouting
  • Local suggestions for food
    and entertainment
  • Group planning features
  • Reviews
  • Offline maps
  • Indoor maps
  • Street view
  • Camera
  • Contacts
  • Location
  • Microphone
  • Storage
  • Bluetooth
  • WiFi
  • Network access
26.95MBFree
Glide – Video
Chat Messenger
Communication
  • Free messaging
  • Video calling
  • Live streaming
  • Photo taking
  • Filters
  • Voice recordings
  • Camera
  • Contacts
  • Location
  • Microphone
  • Storage
  • Bluetooth
  • WiFi
  • Network access
  • Draw over other apps
28.27MBFree
Bring! Grocery
Shopping List
Shopping
  • Shared shopping lists
  • Integrated recipes
  • Loyalty cards
  • Individual shopping
    suggestions
  • Voice controls
  • Camera
  • Contacts
  • Location
  • Microphone
  • Storage
  • Network access
  • WiFi
14.50MBFree
Wear Gesture
Launcher
Productivity
  • Tasker integration
  • Launch mobile apps from
    your watch
  • Pattern gestures
  • Haptic feedback
  • Watch management
Network access6.79MBFree
Infinity LoopPuzzle
  • Puzzle game
  • Stress relief
  • Zen mode
  • Dark mode
  • Phone
  • Storage
  • Network access
13.53MBFree
Google KeepProductivity
  • Note-taking
  • list-making
  • Photo grabbing
  • Voice memos
  • Planner
  • Device sync
  • Contacts
  • Location
  • Microphone
  • Storage
  • Network access
9.40MBFree
StravaHealth & Fitness
  • Activity tracking
  • GPS
  • Route recording
  • Map bike trails
  • Training analysis
  • Monthly challenges
  • Compete with others
  • Contacts
  • Location
  • Body sensors
  • Storage
  • Bluetooth
  • Network access
16.15MBFree
Wear Audio
Recorder
Music & Audio
  • Sound quality
    customization
  • Photo adding
  • Echo suppression and noise
    filtering
  • Silence skipping
  • Autostart
  • Invisible recording
  • Audio recording
    management
  • Location
  • Microphone
  • Telephone
  • Storage
  • Network access
  • WiFi
15.70MBFree
Lifesum – Diet Plan,
Macro Calculator &
Food Diary
Health & Fitness
  • Diet planner
  • Diet tips
  • Food diary
  • Macro calculator
  • Calorie counter
  • Healthy recipe
    suggestions
  • Camera
  • Storage
  • Bluetooth
  • Network access
  • WiFi
16.88MBFree

1. Most Useful: Google Pay

Google PayView on Google Play

Editor’s Rating: 4.8/5

Google Pay is one of the most popular apps on the Play Store. Its ability to make NFC payments makes it a convenient tool in the modern world, allowing you to make quick contactless payments directly from your smartwatch.

Categorized under the Finance genre of the Play Store, the Google Pay app stands out amongst its competition thanks to its reliable backing from a well-recognized company. This makes it more trustworthy than many of the other apps in the finance category, which has allowed the app to become a major player in this space.

Another reason Google Pay has become such a popular choice for payments because of the sheer amount of features it offers. Aside from its payment functionality, the app also provides the ability to store and use e-tickets, as well as boarding passes, making it a versatile piece of software for those with a busy lifestyle.

One downside to this app is the number of permissions it requires in order to run. All of the permissions it asks for are required for clear purposes. However, if you worry about giving apps a lot of control over your watch, you might be skeptical about downloading this one. On the plus side, the app is developed by Google, which makes this issue less prominent, as Wear OS also happens to be a Google product.

As for the size of the app, it will take up 38.8MB of storage on your device, which is quite a lot considering its simplicity. However, Google apps have a tendency to be larger than expected, so it isn’t much of a surprise.

As it stands, Google Pay is the go-to app for Android users when it comes to paying for things via smartwatch. Its simple design makes it easy-to-use, and its wide array of features make it a difficult prospect for similar apps to compete with.

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Specs
Genre: Finance
Key Features:
  • NFC payments
  • Send and receive money
  • Payment protection
  • Loyalty cards
  • Save and access tickets,
    including boarding passes
  • Encryption
Permissions:
  • Camera
  • Contacts
  • Location
  • Telephone
  • Storage
  • Bluetooth
  • Network access
  • WiFi
  • Biometrics access
Size: 38.8MB
Pros
One of the most popular apps in this genre
Easy to use
Advanced security features
Supported by many vendors
Simple ticket access
Simple boarding pass access
All permissions are required for clear purposes
Created and maintained by a large reputable company
Cons
Apps in this genre are often targeted by hackers
The app asks for more information and permissions than you might be comfortable with
One of the larger apps in this guide
Could cause storage issues if you already have a lot of apps on your watch

2. Top Pick: Google Maps

Google MapsView on Google Play

Editor’s Rating: 4.9/5

Google Maps has become the most popular navigation app in the world, offering real-time GPS, as well as traffic information and even restaurant suggestions. It also offers the largest scope of any map service, allowing you to navigate to a location from almost anywhere on Earth.

The app is featured in the Travel & Local section of the Play Store. However, given its popularity, you shouldn’t struggle to find it, as a simple search for Maps in the search bar should easily find it for you.

Some of the apps other key features include real-time ETA and rerouting. These are great features if you are running late, as you can use the app to find the best route in real-time, rather than having to take a guess. One issue with this, however, is that the app can sometimes take you through a rough neighborhood or down a damaged road. This shouldn’t happen often, but it is something to think about before blindly following the app’s instructions.

Like Google Pay, this app requires quite a lot of permissions in order to run. This isn’t too surprising considering the type of app this is, but it could still be a concern to you if you are worried about privacy. Once again, however, it is important to remember that Wear OS is itself a product of Google, meaning you are probably already giving the company most of the information this app requires.

Google Maps will take up at least 26.95MB of storage on your chosen device, meaning you will need to make sure you have a decent amount of space available if you plan on downloading it onto your smartwatch. This makes it relatively large for a smartwatch app. However, considering its functionality, the trade-off should be deemed worthwhile.

Google Maps is simply the best navigation app available right now. Its rich feature-set, coupled with its simplicity, makes the app both reliable and enjoyable to use, and the fact that it is developed by a major company means that it will likely continue to improve as time goes on.

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Specs
Genre: Travel & Local
Key Features:
  • Real-time GPS navigation
  • Real-time ETA’s and traffic
    conditions
  • Real-time transit
    information
  • Automatic rerouting
  • Local suggestions for food
    and entertainment
  • Group planning features
Permissions:
  • Camera
  • Contacts
  • Location
  • Microphone
  • Storage
  • Bluetooth
  • WiFi
  • Network access
Size: 26.95MB
Pros
One of the most popular apps in this genre
Easy to use
Includes plenty of functionality
Reliable rerouting features
Can be used to find a place to eat
All permissions are required for clear purposes
Created and maintained by a large reputable company
Fairly small in size
Cons
Will sometimes reroute through a rough neighborhood
Will sometimes divert you down roads that are in poor condition
The app asks for more information and permissions than you might be comfortable with
Could cause storage issues if you already have a lot of apps on your watch

3. Glide – Video Chat Messenger

Glide - Video Chat MessengerView on Google Play

Editor’s Rating: 4.6/5

Glide is a communication app designed to bring video chat functionality to your wrist. The app has become a popular choice for a number of reasons, but most of all, its Glides ease-of-use that allows it to stand out against its competition.

Aside from video calls, the app is also able to provide live streaming as well as the ability to take photos, making it a versatile and rather unique app in today’s market. The app also provides a free messaging service, which works well, but is arguably redundant given how many other apps have already monopolized this feature.

There is a catch to having all of this functionality, however, which comes in the form of permissions. Glide requires a lot of functionality to fully run, which can mean trusting the company with a lot of information. This shouldn’t be too much of an issue, given the clear need for each permission. However, you may be put off by the fact that Glide is a lesser-known company compared to some of the others in this guide.

Glide is also a rather large app, requiring 28.27MB of storage space in order to be downloaded and installed. This makes it one of the larger apps in this guide, meaning you could quickly run out of space if you decide to download it onto your smartwatch.

Glide is a decent app with a clear purpose. It also offers an exciting amount of functionality that pushes the limits of what a smartwatch can currently do. The only downside is that to do this the app requires a lot of permissions, which could raise some privacy concerns, depending on your stance with this topic.

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Specs
Genre: Communication
Key Features:
  • Free messaging
  • Video calling
  • Live streaming
  • Photo taking
  • Filters
  • Voice recordings
Permissions:
  • Camera
  • Contacts
  • Location
  • Microphone
  • Storage
  • Bluetooth
  • WiFi
  • Network access
  • Draw over other apps
Size: 28.27MB
Pros
The app stands out in a highly contested genre
Popular app in this space
Easy to use
Includes plenty of functionality
Offers the ability to make video calls on your smartwatch
Can be used for live streaming
All permissions are required for clear purposes
Fairly small in size
Cons
There are some good alternatives available
Doesn’t have many truly unique features
The app asks for more information and permissions than you might be comfortable with
The company behind the app are not as well known as some of the other app developers in this guide
Could cause storage issues if you already have a lot of apps on your watch

4. Bring! Grocery Shopping List

Bring! Grocery Shopping ListView on Google Play

Editor’s Rating: 4.8/5

Bring! is a grocery list app, designed to replace a traditional shopping list by providing convenience and an easy-to-use interface. The app is rather simple compared to many of the others in this guide, but it works exceptionally well and provides a modern solution to an everyday problem.

Some of the apps key features include the ability to create and share shopping lists with friends and family, as well as the option to store and use loyalty cards. Bring! can also suggest items for you based on what you have previously added to your shopping lists, making it a somewhat helpful tool if you are trying to be a bit more adventurous with your palette.

Like many of the other apps in this guide, Bring! requires a lot of permissions in order to run, which could be concerning to you depending on how much importance you place on your privacy. The company behind the app is also somewhat of an unknown compared to the likes of Google, which could make it harder to trust when it comes to giving them your information.

Bring! is a relatively small app compared to the ones listed above, with a download size of 14.50MB. This makes it a nice addition to the other apps on your watch, as it can offer a unique set of features without taking up a lot of space.

Bring! might be a relatively simple app, but its straightforward and intuitive design makes it a joy to use. The app is also fairly small in size, making it a rather efficient addition to any app suite.

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Specs
Genre: Shopping
Key Features:
  • Shared shopping lists
  • Integrated recipes
  • Loyalty cards
  • Individual shopping
    suggestions
  • Voice controls
Permissions:
  • Camera
  • Contacts
  • Location
  • Microphone
  • Storage
  • Network access
  • WiFi
Size: 14.50MB
Pros
Popular genre
The app stands out amongst its competition
Easy to use
Includes plenty of functionality
Has a clear purpose
All permissions are required for clear purposes
Fairly small in size
Cons
There are some good alternatives available
Doesn’t have many truly unique features
The app asks for more information and permissions than you might be comfortable with
The company behind the app are not as well known as some of the other app developers in this guide
Could cause storage issues if you already have a lot of apps on your watch

5. Wear Gesture Launcher

Wear Gesture LauncherView on Google Play

Editor’s Rating: 4.8/5

The Wear Gesture Launcher is an app designed to replace the standard Wear OS environment most Android watches now ship with. The launcher features a variety of customization options, as well as gestures and, as a result, it has managed to become the number one launcher for smartwatches in the Play Store.

One of the most prominent features of the app is its pattern gestures, which allow you to set patterns that perform certain tasks such as launching apps and making phone calls. The app also provides several watch management features, giving you an extra layer of control over your device.

According to the app’s description, the Wear Launcher only requires a minimal amount of permissions including network access, and the ability to receive data from the internet. These are basic requirements for most apps nowadays, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. However, you might still be reluctant, considering the app is a somewhat unknown entity with only 10,000+ downloads at the time of writing.

The launcher also happens to be the smallest app featured in this guide, requiring just 6.92MB of storage space. This makes it a great option to download, even if you only want to try it out, as it won’t take up a lot of space on your smartwatch’s internal storage.

The Wear Gesture Launcher offers some great features, with some excellent customization options that allow you to really make your smartwatch your own. It also requires very few permissions and takes up very little space on your smartwatch, making it a great all-round piece of software.

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Specs
Genre: Productivity
Key Features:
  • Tasker integration
  • Launch mobile apps from
    your watch
  • Pattern gestures
  • Haptic feedback
  • Watch management
Permissions: Network access
Size: 6.79MB
Pros
Popular genre
The app stands out amongst its competition
Easy to use
Includes plenty of functionality
Has a clear purpose
Pattern gestures work well
Includes some unique features
The app doesn’t require many permissions
Very small in size
Unlikely to cause storage issues, even on low capacity smartwatches
Cons
There are some good alternatives available
Might not be necessary for a lot of people
The company behind the app are not as well known as some of the other app developers in this guide

6. Most Unique: Infinity Loop

Infinity LoopView on Google Play

Editor’s Rating: 4.6/5

Infinity Loop is a puzzle game designed to be played on a smartwatch, giving you the ability to take a break from life, and relax with a simple, yet intuitive pastime. The app is also a rather unique addition to this list, with very few smartwatch apps currently targeting the gaming sector.

The key features of the app include the puzzle game itself, as well as a few different modes designed to add variation to the otherwise simple mechanics. There are also an infinite amount of levels on the game, as its name suggests, meaning you are likely to remain entertained for a long time.

One of the reasons this game works so well on a smartwatch is due to its simplicity. To play the game, all you need to do is tap on the screen to move pieces around to form loops. This makes it an effortless yet somewhat addictive experience, and one that can be enjoyed on both smartwatches and smartphones.

The game also requires only a few permissions including phone, storage, and network access. This means you shouldn’t have too much of a concern from a privacy perspective. However, the company isn’t as well known as some of the others in this guide, which is something to keep in mind.

Infinity Loop is also a fairly small game, requiring 13.53MB of storage for download and installation. This means you shouldn’t need to worry too much about how much storage your smartwatch has unless you are prone to downloading a lot of apps.

Infinity Loop is an easy-to-understand game with simple mechanics that can be enjoyed on a variety of different devices. It is also a relatively small app that doesn’t require many permissions, making it a decent all-rounder in this guide.

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Specs
Genre: Puzzle
Key Features:
  • Puzzle game
  • Stress relief
  • Zen mode
  • Dark mode
Permissions:
  • Phone
  • Storage
  • Network access
Size: 13.53MB
Pros
A very unique app in this space
Easy to use
Has a clear purpose
Includes multiple modes
The app doesn’t require many permissions
Fairly small in size
Cons
Might not be necessary for a lot of people
The company behind the app are not as well known as some of the other app developers in this guide
Could cause storage issues if you already have a lot of apps on your watch

7. Google Keep

Google KeepView on Google Play

Editor’s Rating: 4.8/5

Google Keep is a note-taking app designed to increase productivity by providing notes and lists at your wrist. It can also be used as a daily planner, making it a great tool in terms of organization.

The app also provides features such as photo grabbing and voice memos, making it a rather versatile piece of software for a smartwatch. You can also sync the app across all of your devices, meaning you aren’t limited to only using the app on your smartwatch.

As for permissions, Google Keep requires access to your contacts, location, microphone, and storage. It will also ask for network access, which is a given considering the way the app works. The need for all of these permissions may make you reluctant to download the app at first, but considering it is developed by Google, it shouldn’t be too much of a concern.

Google Keep is also a relatively small app, clocking in at just 9.4MB. This means you shouldn’t have any problems downloading or installing it, making it a great app to test out, even if you aren’t the note-taking type.

Google Keep is an excellent app full of functionality that can help you to increase your productivity on a daily basis. IT is also a great organizational tool, making it the perfect companion in today’s busy world.

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Specs
Genre: Productivity
Key Features:
  • Note-taking
  • list-making
  • Photo grabbing
  • Voice memos
  • Planner
  • Device sync
Permissions:
  • Contacts
  • Location
  • Microphone
  • Storage
  • Network access
Size: 9.40MB
Pros
Popular genre
The app stands out amongst its competition
Easy to use
Has a clear purpose
Fairly feature-rich
All permissions are required for clear purposes
Created and maintained by a large reputable company
Very small in size
Unlikely to cause storage issues, even on low capacity smartwatches
Cons
There are some good alternatives available
Doesn’t have many truly unique features
The app asks for more information and permissions than you might be comfortable with

8. Strava

StravaView on Google Play

Editor’s Rating: 4.6/5

Strava is a health and fitness app designed to provide an alternative option to the likes of Google Fit and the Fitbit app. It is a highly functional app with a wide breadth of features, making it a worthy addition to our list.

The main features of the app include activity tracking, GPS, and training analysis. However, there are also many more specific functions available such as route recording and the ability to map bike trails. This makes Strava a great companion app, particularly if you are a cyclist, as you are given a lot of control over how you track your activity.

As you would expect from a fitness app, Strava requires quite a lot of permissions to fully run, which could cause some concern since the company isn’t as well established as the likes of Google or Fitbit. It should be said, however, that all of the permissions it asks for are for clear purposes, and they are very similar to the permissions required by rival apps in this space.

Coming in at 16.15MB, Strava isn’t the smallest app you will find in the Play Store, but it remains a decent size considering the amount of functionality it offers. It also shouldn’t be too much of an issue to download and install unless your smartwatch is already littered with a large variety of apps.

From a functionality perspective, Strava is an excellent app that provides some unique features and an intuitive UI, making it a joy to use. The downside is that it requires a lot of permissions, which is a slight concern as it doesn’t have the reputation of Google or Fitbit to back it up.

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Specs
Genre: Health & Fitness
Key Features:
  • Activity tracking
  • GPS
  • Route recording
  • Map bike trails
  • Training analysis
  • Monthly challenges
  • Compete with others
Permissions:
  • Contacts
  • Location
  • Body sensors
  • Storage
  • Bluetooth
  • Network access
Size: 16.15MB
Pros
Popular genre
The app stands out amongst its competition
Easy to use
Has a clear purpose
Very feature-rich
All permissions are required for clear purposes
Fairly small in size
Cons
There are some good alternatives available
Doesn’t have many truly unique features
The app asks for more information and permissions than you might be comfortable with
The company behind the app are not as well known as some of the other app developers in this guide
Could cause storage issues if you already have a lot of apps on your watch

9. Wear Audio Recorder

Wear Audio RecorderView on Google Play

Editor’s Rating: 4.6/5

The Wear Audio Recorder is an app designed to give you the ability to record conversations, lectures, and other dialogue. The app is categorized under the Music & Audio section of the Play Store, making a rather unique piece of software in this space, with very few other apps in this genre offering the same amount of functionality.

On top of being able to record audio, you also get several sound quality customization options, as well as echo suppression functionality, and noise filters. The app can even work in the background with the display turned off. Why you would need to hide the fact you are recording audio is questionable, but the option is there if you need it.

The app requires several permissions, including access to your location, microphones, phone status, storage, network, and WiFi. This isn’t an excessive amount of permissions, but considering the developer is somewhat unrecognized, you might have some trust issues.

The app will take up 15.70MB of space, which shouldn’t be too much of an issue if installed on a smartphone. However, you may need to check your smartwatch’s storage before downloading it if you intend to install the app on there instead.

The app does exactly what it says on the tin. However, its use cases are somewhat limited, due to the specific purpose it has been designed for. The app is highly polished though and full of features, meaning that if you need an audio recorder, this is a great one to go for.

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Specs
Genre: Music & Audio
Key Features:
  • Sound quality
    customization
  • Photo adding
  • Echo suppression and noise
    filtering
  • Silence skipping
  • Autostart
  • Invisible recording
  • Audio recording
    management
Permissions:
  • Location
  • Microphone
  • Telephone
  • Storage
  • Network access
  • WiFi
Size: 15.70MB
Pros
Popular genre
Fairly unique app in this space
Easy to use
Has a clear purpose
Very feature-rich
All permissions are required for clear purposes
Fairly small in size
Cons
There are some good alternatives available
Might not be necessary for a lot of people
The app asks for more information and permissions than you might be comfortable with
The company behind the app are not as well known as some of the other app developers in this guide
Could cause storage issues if you already have a lot of apps on your watch

10. Lifesum – Diet Plan, Macro Calculator & Food Diary

Lifesum - Diet Plan, Macro Calculator & Food DiaryView on Google Play

Editor’s Rating: 4.8/5

The last app in this guide is called Lifesum and it has been designed to be used as a diet planner, giving you tips and recipe suggestions to help you to improve eating habits and your overall health. The app also has over 10 million downloads at the time of writing, making it a popular choice in this space.

Lifesum comes with a variety of features on top of the diet planner, including a macro calculator, a calorie counter, and even a food diary. This makes it somewhat of a one-stop-shop from a dieting perspective, as most of the tools you are likely to need are already on the app.

The app will need access to several smartwatch and smartphone features in order to fully run, which could be of concern to you, depending on how you view and value your privacy. Each permission is required for a clear purpose, however, meaning you shouldn’t need to worry too much.

Lifesum is also a reasonably sized app, taking up 16.88MB of your device’s storage capacity. This means it should hardly make a dent if you choose to install it on your smartphone. However, you may want to check your smartphones available storage beforehand, if you would prefer to install it on there instead.

Lifesum is quite simply brilliant. Its inviting UI and intuitive layout make it a very enjoyable piece of software to use, and its rich feature-set gives you plenty of options when it comes to planning and tracking your diet.

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Specs
Genre: Health & Fitness
Key Features:
  • Diet planner
  • Diet tips
  • Food diary
  • Macro calculator
  • Calorie counter
  • Healthy recipe
    suggestions
Permissions:
  • Camera
  • Storage
  • Bluetooth
  • Network access
  • WiFi
Size: 16.88MB
Pros
Popular genre
Relatively unique app in this space
Easy to use
Has a clear purpose
Very feature-rich
All permissions are required for clear purposes
Fairly small in size
Cons
There are some good alternatives available
Might not be necessary for a lot of people
The app asks for more information and permissions than you might be comfortable with
The company behind the app are not as well known as some of the other app developers in this guide
Could cause storage issues if you already have a lot of apps on your watch
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