Smartwatches are pretty much computers on our wrists that can do a lot more than just show the time and date. These things can track heartbeats, blood saturation levels, steps, calories, tell us when to eat, keep track of our lives.
Somewhere along the hustle and bustle of everyday life, smartwatches keep helping us in subtle ways that we often take for granted. They could be doing very simple things such as sending us notifications or telling us the directions.
In this article, we’re talking about the top seven GPS and navigation apps for Samsung Galaxy smartwatches that can help you navigate through everyday life.
Developer: SW Studios | Size: 1.64 MB | Price: $4
This app works in conjunction with a companion app installed on your phone. What it does is basically relay the Google Maps directions from your phone over to your watch.
It sounds pretty simple but the app can be immensely helpful, especially if you’re riding a two-wheeler. Not having to stop at every turn to take your phone out and check the directions is a pretty convenient thing.
Developer: James Hammond | Size: 1.12 MB | Price: $1.89
Since Samsung smartwatches don’t support Google apps and services natively, developers keep coming up with workarounds and that’s exactly what this app is about.
It’s basically Google Maps on your watch. You can browse, search or navigate just like you would. The app works standalone, using the watch’s onboard GPS and even has voice navigation support as well as multiple languages.
Navigator – Voice Navigation
Developer: James Hammond | Size: 432.2 KB | Price: $1.89
An app by the same developer, this app also works around bringing Google Maps to your watch.
It’s multilingual, has voice navigation on supported devices and lets you browse, search and navigate just like you would on Google Maps. You can see maps in the form of roadmaps, satellite or a hybrid and can even enable traffic and a speedometer.
Developer: Somyac | Size: 12 MB | Price: $2.71
This is a bit of a more advanced app as it’s powered by Here Maps and Google Cloud Services as well.
You can get turn-by-turn navigations, automatic route recalculation, real-time traffic, route tracking and up to four route modes in the form of walking, cycling, driving and public transport.
Developer: Here Apps LLC | Size: 35.9 MB | Price: Free
The official alternative to Google Maps for the Tizen platform — the app is powered by Here Maps and performs pretty well.
With a single glance, you can see your current location on the map and the streets around you. The app can also work in conjunction with the Here Maps app on your phone and relays directions from the phone to the watch.
Developer: Aika Apps LLC | Size: 2.39 MB | Price: Free
MapMe is a pretty simple app that does just one thing. It uses the onboard GPS on your watch to show your location on a map.
The app does have a few other features such as showing your address or your latitude and longitude but that’s pretty much all. It’s rudimentary in the functioning and sometimes that’s all you need.
Developer: Mobimax | Size: 705.55 KB | Price: $2.98
Sometimes, the urban jungle is not what you’re exploring. So if you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere, this is the app for you.
The app works outdoor and instead of using maps, uses waypoints and a compass for navigation. You can set a target position and the app will give you walking directions, in the literal sense. So if you’re looking to go old-school backed by new tech, this is your pick.
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