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Google Sets Up Android Wear Section on Google Play – Level, IFTTT, Pinterest, Runtastic, and More Featured

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Orders of the LG G watch and Samsung Gear Live from Google Play are due to begin shipping very soon, so Google is doing everything it can to prepare for those arrivals. It is pretty clear that the first move was to get all sorts of popular apps on board with the Android Wear movement, have development teams prepare updates for those apps, and then feature them in a new, dedicated section on the Play store. That section is now live, along with a number of apps you probably use on a daily basis. 

At this time, Google is listing out apps like Level, IFTTT, Duolingo, 1Weather, Pinterest, American Airlines, Delta, Contacts+, Banjo, and even Google Maps. They missed the new Evernote Wear, Trello, and Runtastic, so there may be even more out there that have yet to slip onto this page.

The updates introduce specific features for Android Wear, like how Pinterest will show you nearby places you have pinned on your watch. Level will show you latest transactions, Contacts+ lets you bump watches together to exchange info, and 1Weather brings you weather in a different way than Google Now.

To view the current list of Android Wear apps, head to this Google Play link. If you have an Android Wear watch coming or plan to buy the Moto 360 whenever Motorola gets around to selling it, you will want to bookmark this page.

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  • Cesar

    Just got an update to Tinder. Changelog reads:
    “Android Wear Support! Send messages and view profiles through notifications, and say “Start Tinder” to swipe on relevant people near you.”

  • NexusMan

    Yup, there are several more out there that I’ve noticed Google has omitted from their list (but kudos to Google for having added 8 more apps to the list than they had last night). Omitted ones from the Google list, that I know of, that also are not mentioned in this article are: Level Up, Runkeeper, Wear Calc, and Truecaller.

  • Daistaar

    Need a Chase update so I can see alerts on my wrists. Also, Dominos with the Eat24 functionality for quick ordering and SoundHound.

    • NexusMan

      Very true. I shot both Chase and Dominos Developers emails last night, requesting the update for functionality.

      • Daistaar

        Thank you! I’m looking forward to seeing things like alerts and notifications that food is on the way lol. Not really feeling the first wave of Android wear apps but hope that more common place apps figure a nice way of utilizing the wearables.

        • NexusMan

          Hellz yea. And it will only get better by the time the 30 drops. Yet another reason why the wait will be worth it. And that Domino’s Pizza Tracker on my Moto 360 will be everything. LOL.

        • NexusMan

          You gotta admit Lyft is pretty dope, though. Can’t wait for Uber to join in too.

          • Daistaar

            Yeah Lyft sold me on the Gear Live alone lol. Just waiting for my shipping confirmation. Apparently G Watches are shipping. Living in NY, Lyft is going to be awesome. Really looking forward to everything that should be on the way!

  • Greg Baker

    Same here no tracking info i called google they stated mine was in shipping process (not sure what that means) but still haven’t been charged yet

  • http://hudsongardner.com/ Hudson Gardner

    Where is the calculator app? Though I suppose Google Now can do calculations

    • NexusMan

      Wear Calc. It’s available on the Play Store. I was actually surprised a calculator was not already built into the watches. Yes, Google does calculations, but that functionality is built into our phones and tablets too. Yet we still have built in calculators in them.

      • http://hudsongardner.com/ Hudson Gardner

        Someone should make one called WereCalc. With teeth

  • https://www.facebook.com/christopher.johnsc chris_johns

    i cant be an adult with a square casio calculator watch i had when i was 12 on my wrist…which is what these remind me of…the 360 cant come soon enough…these releases only make me excited to read more about android wear real like use and functionality

    • Daistaar

      yet… a South Park child avatar? LOL

      • NexusMan

        LOL

      • https://www.facebook.com/christopher.johnsc chris_johns

        Im not sure if your trying to say South park is childish which its absolutely not… Or ur jist upset you cant see my gorgeous face… Which is the reason i took down my fb photo dont want to upset everybody knowing how much better looking and in shape i am… Plus i love south park and if you dont your a communist

        • Daistaar

          Lol one of the funniest posts I’ve read in a while lol. Thank you. Now onto your asinine post lol: your gorgeous face? You look gay lol. There’s nothing wrong with that but you should have something before you brag about it lol. For example, intelligence. Such poor grasp of the English language it’s laughable. You can add poor debating skills and logic to that. I’ll let you reread your posts then my responses. If you’re still butt hurt, meet me at my boxing gym in the Bronx or I’ll meet you in Westchester. You pick.

          • https://www.facebook.com/christopher.johnsc chris_johns

            You mad?…you mad

          • Daistaar

            Hahahahahahahaha touché friend lol
            (Genuinely cracking up. How’d I walk into that lol)

          • chris_johns

            Loll

  • Indianajonze

    wait what do you mean bump watches together to share info? do these have NFC inside? don’t recall reading that…

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Would appreciate a jawbone to do this but probably counter productive.

  • Evan

    Has anyone gotten shipping confirmation yet on the G watch?

    • Patrick Crumpler

      Nothing. Supposed to ship out today. They needs to hurry up.

      • glimmerman76

        its only 8am on the west coast it should ship today. I love my g watch enjoy

    • asdf

      No. :(
      Nothing yet. It better ship today though…
      I hope they somehow diliver it over the weekend.

      • asdf

        *deliver

      • Evan

        I was hoping it would ship a little early so I could play with it this weekend. I bet we have to wait until Monday.

        • asdf

          I hope not. :-/

          Its going to be a long weekend.

      • Jason Bourne

        Diliver? Wow… just wow.

    • Patrick Crumpler

      Got confirmation a little bit ago.

      • Evan

        Nice! Still waiting for mine.

      • asdf

        U live in the USA? When is the delivery? Monday?

        • Jason Bourne

          Yep. Got my Samsung and LG watches today.

  • Matt Coddington

    I would hope a Google Play app update is coming shortly as well, to showcase the Anroid Wear apps! I rarely use the web to look for apps…

    • asdf

      I don’t think an app update is needed.
      I’m sure they can do it server side!

  • discstu37

    Any word on when the Fit app will be available? Or is that built in to this? I can’t log into the app yet since my watch isn’t here.

    • glimmerman76

      the fit app is on the watch. The only thing it does is keep track of my steps on my g watch

      • Evan

        So it isn’t really a good replacement for an UP or Fitbit?

        • glimmerman76

          dont know dont use those things. Wife has a fitbit to me its the samething as it just counts steps. I know the last day of I/O i walked 17000+ steps

  • James

    Awesome to see this! I am stoked!!
    I am pre-ordering the gear live. I love the 360 but i am excited to try android wear and i have the budget right now so i am nothing but excited. Not to mention, if I wait for the 360 it might cost the same as its name, or more..Which i wouldnt justify anyway and then id go with a gear live anyway.
    Sometimes its fun to be part of something from ground zero and i think android wear is a good choice. Nothing but excited!!

    • JimmyHACK

      These gen1 devices will have the same function. So ya, I’m like you, more interested in the use/experience instead of round vs square.

      • PoisonApple31

        I am also more interested in the use/experience than how the watch looks. Sure, the Moto 360 looks like a “real” watch until you start touching the screen. You aren’t fooling anyone!

        • NexusMan

          I don’t think the point is to “fool anyone.” I think the point is people like to wear attractive, nice, comfortable things on their body. Not uncomfortable, cheap, plain, unattractive things. I would NEVER buy a dumb watch that I thought was ugly, just because I wanted to tell the time. I’d look for one that looks nice on my wrist. So why would I do any different with a smart watch?

          • PoisonApple31

            You took me seriously? I am poking fun out of everyone who likes the Moto 360 for its shape (as if a circular watch is the only watch shape out there) – it’s like buying your teams favorite jersey in pink because its cute!

            Say whatever you need to justify your purchase, but in the end you are just going to have the same software experience anyway.

          • NexusMan

            I understood exactly what you were saying, which is why I disputed it. I don’t think anyone is buying the Moto 360 just “for its shape.” That’s my whole point. If the LG G Watch was the exact same device but round, do you think we’d be clamoring for it then, instead of the Moto 360? No. Clearly, you are the one who is reaching to justify your own clouded thoughts.

          • PoisonApple31

            I never said anyone is buying the Moto 360 “just” for its shape. Why don’t you try to respond to what is there instead of worrying about what “clever” little take away you are going to leave at the end?

            Once again I’m just agreeing that these LG/Samsung/Moto first gen watches will have the same software experience.

          • NexusMan

            “I am poking fun out of everyone who likes the Moto 360 for its shape (as if a circular watch is the only watch shape out there) – it’s like buying your teams favorite jersey in pink because its cute!”

            - Your quote, not mine.

          • NexusMan

            Oh, now we’re discussing “software experience?” Because, since you want to be so specific, “software experience,” isn’t even in your or JimmyHack’s original post. I commented about the claim they all “will have the same function,” and on the use/experience. Does every phone running Kit Kat have the “same function,” and “use/experience?” I think not.

      • NexusMan

        That is soooo not true. 1st off, we already know of the 2 about the ship, one tracks your heart rate, the other does not. That is not the same function. One is much more comfortable to wear than the other. Another difference directly related to “round vs square.” One is also easier to charge. The Moto 360 full specs have not been released, so we have no idea what differentiating software side functionality it will have. We do know, however, it has a much better screen, and is the most comfortable of the lot, the latter, again, directly related to “round vs square.”

    • Patrick Crumpler

      I did the same but with the G Watch. Will get the Moto but after the release debacle and sure to come price adjustment. Oh yeah I said it. BOTH are sure to happen.

      • NexusMan

        Someone needs to turn that frown upside down!

        • Patrick Crumpler

          Smiling all day man. Lol. My G watch just shipped.

          • NexusMan

            Great!

          • dhdj

            Are u in the USA? When’s ur delivery date?

    • yup

      Yup

  • Christopher Bement

    My wife is a Pinterest user, I am not. I just can’t see any situation where I’d want that on my wrist though.

    • NexusMan

      Apparently the functionality they built into wear is useful.