Five must-have apps for Android Wear

In today's Android roundup: Five apps you need for Android Wear. Plus: Android Wear updates coming by the end of the year, and Firefox 32 released for Android

Android Wear devices are getting lots of attention in the media these days, and that's definitely a good thing. But what about the software for Google's newest mobile platform? Which apps do you need to get started using your Android Wear device? Android Police takes a look at five essential apps for Android Wear.

According to Android Police:

So you've just picked up an Android Wear device, but what the heck can you do with this tiny wrist computer? Sure, it pulls in notification from your phone and shows you Google Now cards, but you need some apps too. It can be a challenge to navigate the Play Store in search of the best watch apps, but we've been keeping a close eye on things. Here are the five apps every Android Wear device needs to have installed.

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These five apps (well six really since two lock screen apps are listed) are a good way to get started with Android Wear. But you may also want to check out Computer World's slideshow of Fifteen great apps for Android Wear, the Verge's Twelve Android Wear apps you need to try, and the Next Web's Fifteen must-have apps for Android Wear. And, of course, the Google Play store itself has lots of other Android Wear apps available for you to check out.

If you're looking to talk about Android Wear software (as well as hardware), be sure to check out the Android Wear subreddit on Reddit. It's relatively new but it's already got more than 4,000 readers so do drop by and give it a whirl.

Android Wear updates coming

CNet reports on Android Wear updates expected by the end of the year.

According to CNet:

Google is readying "several" updates to Android Wear before the end of the year, with the first coming this week. Some features on the horizon include the ability to pair a smartwatch with a Bluetooth headset, Singleton says. Watches with hardware that supports GPS capabilities will also be able to use geolocation data to track their fitness sessions. So, if someone taking a run wanted to listen to music but leave her phone at home, she'd be able to store some songs on her watch, and listen to them through a set of Bluetooth headphones.

Android Wear will also let third-party developers design their own watch faces -- which is what a wearer sees first when glancing at the watch -- and let owners download them from the Play store. Customized watch faces -- like ones that display current scores for a favorite sports team, or ones that show a certain company's stock price -- can be easily swapped out.

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