Five smartwatch apps worth having on your wrist

Five smartwatch apps worth having on your wrist

With more vendors bringing smartwatches and wearable devices to the market, we’ll soon be seeing a lot more tech on people’s wrists. But without the right apps, a smartwatch really isn’t all that smart. What apps are worth having on your wrist? From productivity to fun, here are five to watch — on your watch.


CNN for Galaxy Gear

Have the news of the world on your wrist. The CNN for Galaxy Gear app is designed for the small screen size of a smart watch, giving you breaking news headlines and just a taste of each story. And if you want to read more, there’s always your smartphone — we wouldn’t want to read an entire store on our watch.


Global Stock

Need to keep track of your portfolio without always pulling out your smartphone? The Global Stock app for the Sony Smartwatch 2 lets you track up to five stock offerings from your wrist — as long as they’re one of the 80 stocks in its database. Just make sure you switch over to the phone and call your broker before you start yelling “Sell!” into your wrist.

stock app

BBQ Steak Timer 

Your wrist shouldn’t be all work and productivity apps; it should also be about steak. And with the BBQ Steak Timer app for Pebble smartwatches, your pursuit of the perfect steak can be enhanced. Just enter the thickness of the steak and how you’d like it cooked, and the app will tell you when to flip it and take it off the grill.

bbq app


Need to keep track of your to-do list on the go? The Checklist app for Sony Smartwatch lets you manage your checklists on your wrist. Grocery shopping is one great use for this app — check the items you need on your wrist and swipe them away once they’re in your shopping cart.



With the Yelp app for the Pebble Smartwatch, you can find nearby reasturants and coffee shops and read user reviews and tips to help you make your choice of where to have lunch — all from your wrist. Other categories include nightlife, automotive, drug stores and shopping.


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Jeff Jedras
A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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