A glance at social networking on smartwatches.
Social networking has permanently transformed the way we communicate for better or for worse. Event management and group messaging is easier than ever, unfortunately, so is irritating your friends with game requests and ‘tag a mate’ posts. Often the excitement of a Facebook notification is quashed when you find out someone is just trying to score free coins in Candy Crush. Though, actively participating in social networks from your smartwatch may still be a thing of the future, social network notifications on your wrist will let you know what alerts are worth taking your phone from your pocket.
What are social media apps?
Long gone are the days of using a single MySpace profile to manage your social life. In 2015, the amount of useful social networks is multiplying. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter– none of these apps replace the other and we now have third party apps, like Hootsuite, just to keep track of them all.
Not all social media posts are created equally, however, and some just aren’t worth the time of day. This is the angle most social network apps are taking by creating streamlined versions of their mobile and desktop apps that allow you to customise the kinds of updates you get, check event times, set reminders and on the odd occasion, post content straight from your wrist.
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What are the best social networking apps for your wearable?
|Social Networking Apps||About the App||Compatibility||Purchase|
|Infinitweet||Twitter for smartwatches sounds convenient, but it's difficult to fit a tweet into 140 characters at the best of times, let alone when you’re dictating that tweet into your wrist. That’s where Infinitweet comes in. This handy transcribes your dictated tweets just like the Twitter app, except Infinitweet converts your message into a JPEG which is then posted to your wall. You’ll never need to worry about hitting that character limit when you’re on the run.||Coming soon to Apple Watch||Buy now|
|Twitter’s 140-character limit is a perfect fit for smaller displays– it’s no wonder it sits amongst the apps available on the Apple Watch at launch. With Twitter on the Apple Watch you’ll be able to view your feed, retweet, favourite,follow and even posts tweets via dictation. The Apple Watch will even give you a little tap to let you know you’ve got unread tweets (this feature can be controlled through settings).||Available on the Apple Watch||Buy now|
|Though missing in action at launch, the Facebook app had a short demo at Apple’s WWDC last year, that impressed with simplistic responses to notifications. Omitting the more detailed aspects of the world’s most popular social media application, Apple focused on showing how easy it will be to respond to friend requests from your wrist. This feature will likely translate across other features like event invitations.||Android Wear, Apple Watch (coming soon)||Buy now|
|Snapchat||Snapchat gets a bad wrap as a delivery service for inappropriate photos that are deleted within a set timeframe. But, if you can manage to look past its association with the juvenile, Snapchat actually works as a pretty decent photo-sharing app. The team behind the massively popular app has taken its brand to Samsung’s wearable range. If you own a Gear or Gear 2 you can use the tiny camera to take bite-size snaps to send to your friends.||Samsung Gear and Gear 2|
|Path||Social media on a wearable device was always going to be a doozy. Being a comparatively unknown social network provider, it’s likely its inclusion in the Samsung Galaxy Gear OS may have passed you by. But, it actually offers a wide range of features for a wearable app, like sharing photos, posting locations, and receiving notifications.||Gear S (Tizen OS), likely coming to Android Wear devices|
Frequently asked questions
Where do I download social networking apps for my smartwatch?
Some, like Sony’s Smartwatches, are more difficult than others, as you have to manually install App extensions through your android smart device. Others, like the Samsung Gear and Apple Watch have designated categories for smartwatch compatible apps such as the Gear Market and the Apple Watch app (App Store add-on coming soon).
Do I have to have my smartphone paired to use social networking apps?
Most smartwatches do require a smartphone nearby to access a mobile network and pull information like social network feeds and push notifications from the Internet . The Samsung Gear S, however, is capable of taking its own SIM card, and can therefore access information without the aid of a smartphone.
There doesn’t seem to be many apps available for my smartwatch. Are they going to create more and when will they be available?
With Android SDK and Apple’s WatchKit, app developers have the opportunity to create new and exciting apps for the platform. Expect to see waves of new apps for every smartwatch throughout the year.