News Apps For Wearables

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Surely the main advantage of the smartwatch over its smart device competitors is the fact that it never leaves your body. It is beside you constantly and will keep you the most connected to the things that matter most and for a lot of people that includes important news from around the world.

What are news apps for smartwatch?

If you listen carefully, you can almost hear the sound of newspaper owners sighing at yet more competition to print newspapers. First it was news on your computer, then on your phone, and now you can get it piped directly into your watch. The immediacy and convenience of a device strapped right on your wrist ought to be very popular with those who like the headlines or to be quickly updated on stories, but for those who still like a long read the watch may feel a little too condensed.

Keep in mind that smartwatch apps are available from their dedicated smartwatch app stores (for example, apps for smartwatches that run Android, like apps for the Smartwatch 2, are available from the google play store, while apps for the Apple Watch are available from the Apple Watch App Store.)

What are the best news apps for your wearable?

News AppsAbout the AppCompatibilityPurchase
bbcnewsBBC NewsThe much trusted British national broadcaster brings its highly regarded news service to a wearable device near you. Providing notifications of breaking stories and then directing you to larger content on a bigger device, this app is sure to be a hit with hardcore newsers.Available for the Android Wear from the Google Play app store.
WeaRSSWeaRSSThis neat little smartwatch app is available for free download from the google play store. It sends you the headline of articles from your choice of outlets, to which you either swipe past or select to read later. Articles which you want to read later will be sent to your smart phone to wait patiently for you to read.Available now from the Google Play Store.
new-york-timesNew York TimesPerhaps the most famous newspaper in the world is coming to the Apple SmartWatch with an app that will provide breaking news, headlines and the “save for later” function. The high quality of journalist and the reputation of its print paper should ensure some popularity.Available on the Apple Watch from the Apple Watch app store.Buy now
The Guardian AppThe Guardian AppAnother popular world newspaper enters the market with this Android app. The Guardian app works with Android Wear device and provides breaking updates on news stories as they happen.Available from Android Wear store.
wall-street-journalWall Street JournalSo it seems Australian media outlets are being beaten to the punch on the smartwatch front (hope you’re listening Sydney Morning Herald). And the Wall Street Journal joins a host of global heavyweights who are backing the Apple Watch early.Available on the Apple Watch from the Apple Watch app store.Buy now

Frequently asked questions

What are the benefits of getting news from a smartwatch?

Speed and convenience. The smartwatch will allow you to quickly scroll through headlines finding the news that matters most to you, without lost time flicking through pages or searching for them on a busy website.

Are smartwatch apps free to download?

Lots of them are, including several mentioned in this article. However, you should check on your relevant app store for exact pricing and payment information.

Can I get full articles on the smartwatch?

At present it seems like most news agencies are planning to use the smartwatch device to feed you the headlines, and leave the longer reading to a larger screened device, but if smartwatches continue their growth I would look for this trend to change very soon.

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