Less than 1% of Smartwatch Apps Available on Both iOS & Android

Information verified correct on October 23rd, 2016

As the Apple Watch prepares to enter a smartwatch market dominated by Android devices like the Samsung Gear, we've unearthed a startling statistic about the apps on offer.

Whether you’re an Android aficionado or Apple admirer, content should always be king. The slickest piece of hardware in the world isn’t going to help much if it doesn't run your favourite app. It’s for this reason that we voyaged into every corner of the internet to unearth the ultimate list of apps available for both the Apple Watch and Android-based smartwatches. A comparison table that can answer this burning question.

While on this voyage, we discovered a very interesting statistic. Did you know that, at the time of this writing, less than 1% of the available smartwatch apps co-exist on both the iOS and Android operating systems? In fact, it’s actually just 0.3% - wow!

We've found 291 Android smartwatch apps, and 204 available for the Apple Watch, so we’re not playing with a small batch here. Only nine apps are available for both! It makes app availability an even more powerful selling point than we had first estimated and ensures our comparison a vital tool in the purchase choice of any consumer.

Naturally, we do expect that the number of co-existing apps will increase over the coming months as the Apple Watch officially launches and developers start porting their apps across, but how long will that take? Will they work perfectly straight out of the gate? Stay tuned…


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