Best Samsung Galaxy Watch: do more with your smartwatch

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Despite the Samsung Galaxy Watch moving to Tizen OS, there's still a decent selection of apps for users to enjoy.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Watch Active 2 are two of the best smartwatches on the market. It finally feels like it has the right mix of hardware to match the Apple Watch. And the sales speak for themselves, with Samsung running second in market share, and being the best smartwatch for Android users.

And things are improving on the app front, and there are now some big names and more useful apps lurking inside of the Galaxy Store.

Samsung's Tizen platform is filled with more than 60,000 apps and watch faces and below we've picked out the best apps for you to download, including third-party apps for music, fitness, news headlines and more.

Spotify

Spotify

Nobody in the wearables business has a better relationship with Spotify than Samsung. It was the first smartwatch company to offer full Spotify support, and still only joined by Garmin.

So, if you want to use for Galaxy Watch for music - whether that's on a morning commute or your daily workout - there is no better choice than Spotify right now.

You get the ability to check out recently played music, playlists and the top charts. Naturally, you'll also get to take a look at your own library, which includes your custom playlists.

However, the big feature - if you're a Premium user - is the offline playback support, meaning you don't have to be connected to your phone in order to listen. That's great for runners, commuters or those that want to leave their smartphone behind.

Gear Voice Memo

Gear Voice Memo

Samsung's voice memo app might have an old name, but it's as useful as ever.

It's not pre-installed, but it is simple to use. Simply hit the record button and you're good to go. Once you're done, you'll get a transcription of your audio along with your file, which automatically syncs to your smartphone.

PPT Controller

PPT Controller

It might not be the most fun entry on our list, but it might be one of the most useful. PPT Controller will let you control your Powerpoint presentation from anywhere in the boardroom.

It uses the Galaxy Watch's rotating bezel to control slide pages, will let you see duration of the presentation and additionally control when you bring things to a close before asking if there's any questions.

Samsung Internet

Samsung Internet

We admit, your wrist isn't exactly the best place to check a website out. But sometimes there are situations where it's warranted – maybe you forgot your phone somewhere, or you're way too lazy to get it out of your skinny jeans or purse.

Samsung's Internet browser, which is not pre-installed, is a pretty good stop-gap. You can check out all your bookmarks or search the web via Google voice search.

Uber

Uber

Now you can Uber everywhere from your wrist. You simply set your pickup and get going.

It's not difficult dragging the map around to choose your pickup spot, and that sweet rotating bezel is handy for zooming in and out of the map to get a better view.

Samsung SmartThings

Samsung SmartThings

Samsung has a massive ecosystem of devices, and it's gone in hard on the smart home game with its SmartThings-compatible devices.

You can use the SmartThings app to check out the status of your devices and even control routines. This includes controlling your TV, which might be the most important smart thing of all.

Free Radio

Free Radio

A pretty straightforward app, Free Radio lets you listen to broadcasts from your Galaxy Watch and even filters by country to help find something from around the world to accompany you on your runs.

There's also a premium version called Watch Radio worth checking out, which gives you a dedicated widget to make it easier to tune in.

Speedometer

Speedometer

Sometimes, when you're cycling or just scootering around, you don't want to know all your health metrics – you just want to know how fast you're going.

Speedometer is an old Gear S3 option, and it's perfect for that exact need.

The app uses your GPS to check your speed. You can also save your journeys, and you'll get to see your distance, duration and a speed map of how fast (or slow) you were going.

Flipboard News Briefing

Flipboard News Briefing

Simply, it's the Flipboard news experience on your wrist. It's extremely easy to use and set up, and the news is broken down into easily digestible nuggets of need-to-know information.

There's no better way to check out the news on your wrist.

Map My Run

Map My Run

Similar to Spotify, Samsung has long had a relationship with Under Armour's suite of fitness apps – and Run with Map My Run is your best option for running with Galaxy Watch.

It uses your Galaxy Watch's GPS to track your distance and pace and other metrics.

Bonus: When you buy a Galaxy Watch, you get a year of MapMyRun Premium membership for free from the time you install and set up the app.

Facer

Facer

You've already looked at the best Samsung Galaxy Watch faces - you're no fool - but what about an app that gives you an alternative to plucking them out of the clunky Tizen Store? Enter, Facer.

Like with Wear OS and Apple Watch, the Facer app lets you pick from its library of free or paid-for faces, giving you a much more comprehensive list than you have at your disposal through Samsung.

Find My Car

Find My Car

There's nothing more frustrating – or humiliating – than wandering around a parking lot not having remembered where you parked.

Find My Car solves that, allowing you to save your location on the map. You can also leave yourself a voice memo of where you left your car, and a little counter on the bottom will tell you how far away you are.

Monster Vampire

Monster Vampire

Have some time to pass and want a cute little game on your wrist to help out? Monster Vampire is a good one to try.

It's a breaker game where you use the rotating bezel to bounce a monster around to eat some jack o' lanterns. You can also walk to get yourself more energy to help you out, too.

Gear Tac Toe

Gear Tac Toe

Another time killing game when you can't get to your phone, Gear Tac Toe puts noughts and crosses onto your watch screen.

There's the offer of 3x3 and 5x5 game modes and three difficulty levels. So when those wins come too easy, you can quickly step things up to make things more challenging.