Best Samsung Gear S3 apps – Let’s make your wrist more functional with our pick of the best apps
Even though the Samsung Gear Sports watch has been launched the Samsung Gear S3 is one of the best smartwatches you can get your hands on right now. Even though we aren’t the biggest fans of the change in size but Samsung has surely put together one of the best ecosystems for a smartwatch which is right up alongside the Apple Watch Series 3, Android Wear watched like the Fitbit Ionic and the Ticwatch E
The Samsung Gear S3 watch is equipped with the wonderful rotating bezel and some health features really good sports tracking. It is definitely one of the most intuitive smartwatches operating systems in Tizen. However, the only drawback to it is app support, which is not one of its strengths compared to other smartwatches, but Samsung is slowly trying to improve it by regular updates in order to improve the Gear S3 Frontier and Classic watches.
But there are still a few good one which makes us stick to the Samsung’s flagship smartwatch duo, some of these have been carried forwarded from the Gear S2 era but still WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger offer limited support but nevertheless, there are still some download-worthy contents.
Beneath is the list of apps which we think an S3 owner must have upon their wrist. Without causing any further delay here is our pick of the apps:
Best Samsung Gear S3 apps List 2018 :
Even though it was after a long wait but the Gear S3 has now officially announced Spotify app for us to enjoy music through our wrist using a Wi-Fi or LTE. Now one would be able to browse through their playlist, search for tracks and charts through the watch even in an offline mode. This allows the premium members to listen to saved playlists even when they are not connected to the internet.
If you are a person who falls for watch faces then this is an app for you. After flexing its skill of customisation on Android where it is now available for Samsung’s Tizen-running smartwatch. One can choose from over 15,000 different faces that are specially designed for the Gear S3. One even has the choice of creating their own skin using the Facer creator portal where one has the option of adding images, watch hands and dropping their favourite watch widgets.
Under Armour Connected Fitness Suite
Samsung has only basic Strava support and hence third-party option for the exercisers isn’t all that strong. But after the recent collaboration, the Gear S3 now supports the Under Armour Connected Fitness suite –which means one now has access to apps like the UA Record, MapMyRun, Endomondo. This not only expands the choices one had in GPS tracking and route viewing but one can now also keep a track of their diets.
The good news about this app is it no more skimp upon the features. The screen is big enough for dragging the marker to our choice of location and the bezel lets us zoom in and Zoom out of the map and also allows us to scroll through the choice of ride be it an SUV, pool or just a regular Uber X. This feature is limited to those who have a Samsung phone.
The app was previously unofficial and used to let us control home from the wrist but now has it finally launched its own app for us to enjoy. It also allows users to monitor temperature ate set the device status to either home or away and further control heat through the watch’s bezel.
Find My Car
You can use the Find my Car app to mark the location of your car when you arrived. One is also capable a voice memo in order to remind themselves like “Car is parked near the yellow bollard”
Flipboard News briefing
This was one of our recommendations for the Gear S2 apps and still stays on the list for the S3. One might not imagine using watches for reading news but Flipboard make it work nicely filtering stories to apt need-to-know facts. If you wish to read the full story then one can dig it up on their phones.
This app lets people know where there are. Suppose one is meeting friend in some unknown part of the town then they can simply send them their GPS location through the app and they would be able to get you. One can also request a friend’s location by tapping a different icon. The app simply makes the process simpler and faster.
Even though this is not the official version but even the replica of the app is surprisingly good, it lets you command with a lot of precision. It is a free app available. Even though it can get a bit judder sometimes but this won’t spoil the endless fun one experience of slashing the airborne watermelons.
Unfortunately, the Nike+ app won’t be present on the Gear due to Nike’s partnership with Apple. Even though the watch does have the Samsung’s S health which runs quite well but still if you wish to have other options along with it then Pear is a good alternative. It is free and can function without the phone. It offers audio coaching and can track heart rate, calories and distance.
Even though this might be the simplest app on the list but it is quite a useful one. This turns your S3 into a mini torch that can turn the display white and be upping the brightness to max. This comes handy at times where you need some light but doesn’t want to extract out your phone for the same. Unless you are someone who carries a torch everywhere this is one app that is quite helpful
This app turns your S3 into a remote photo and a video shooter. This app produces images from your phone’s front or rear camera to the wrist where we can set a timer or capture it remotely. It even supports a flash mode.
It great to listen to music while running but sometimes you might just want to feel like James Bond. If that’s the case you may be able to experience it if you own a compatible BMW. This BMW connected app allows checking how much fuel is left in the tank, lock and unlock doors. Check where exactly the car is or you might just check the details of your next trip all over from your wrist.
If you wish to download maps over you Gear S3 then we recommend the Here We Go app as we find Google Maps a bit difficult to be used over the watch. One can set a route and save it on your watch so that we can continue to use it without using the phone later on. This is a free app but if you are finding an app for just navigation purpose, Mobiteka’s paid Gear Navigator Standalone app may also suit your requirements.
If you love to travel internationally and get overwhelmed by their car rentals, hotel reservations and flight details and you wished that there was a simpler and easier way to keep track of all your trip information while you travel airport to airport then this is the app for you. The app lets you manage and keep track of all your flight information, hotel accommodations and car rentals all in the same place.
Also read: Samsung Gear S2 apps list